Little people, big questions: part three

If you have been tuned into our series on “Little people, big questions” you will know that part two covered “Mummy, how is the baby going to get in?” – if you didn’t catch it, you can read it here. Of course, it goes without saying what part three relates to…

Another one of those questions you don’t plan a response for because, well frankly you hope you won’t ever have to answer it. Doh! How silly I was to think for a second that my clever children would settle for anything less than…well, the truth.

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So the red-faced (on my part) moment went a bit like this…

“So Mummy does the doctor cut your tummy to get the baby out?”

“Well actually some babies do come out like that yes”

“Is that how we came out?”

Hmmmm, how was I going to deal with this one?

“Well, erm…no”

“Oh gross, don’t tell me Mummy that we came out of your bottom”.  “So we waved at the poo on the way by? Oh Mummy that is so gross”.

I quickly interrupted “No of course you didn’t come out of my bottom, don’t be silly, that just wouldn’t work”.

Then I realised, there was nothing left but the truth.

I was looking down at these puzzled looking faces clearly wondering if they hadn’t come out of my tummy or my bottom, what was possibly left.

So I told them.

Silence.

I’ve never seen them so quiet.

Eventually came a comment “No we didn’t Mummy, that is ridiculous, Mummy you are teasing us .

Fortunately, they were happy leaving our discussion there and didn’t require any more detail – they were quite disgusted enough for one day it would seem.

Have you had to tackle this with your children? Was it more successful than this?

39 comments

  1. Haha, brilliant post. Sometimes it’s just best to be honest isn’t it! I wish I could have seen their faces! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  2. Aww such a sweet post 🙂 I remember a conversation like this years ago now!!

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop, love your new layout!!

  3. I go for the truth too, at first it sort of goes over their head so they will return with this same round of questions at some point in the future, always best to build on the truth than have to change your story!

  4. We have just had a similar experience. My eldest is 4 and she noticed my C section scar and asked if that is how she came out. I said ‘no, that is how your sister came out’ to which she obviously then asked how she came out! Uh oh! So I told her. She then told me with a disgusted look on her face that she didn’t want any babies coming out of her like that! Oh well at least she knows now!! #whatsthestory

  5. Oh gosh, I really wouldn’t know what to say in that situation!! I introduced s to my cousin’s baby bump yesterday and told him there was a baby in her tummy. He wanted to see it and we said it was inside. He then said “Open your tummy so I can see”. Hmmm…! She ended up telling him in a few months lol #sharethejoy

  6. lol i think you handled it way better than I would have. My daughter once asked why mummy’s have hair umm down There and not daddy’s. Like you on the spot I went blank and said “because it keeps us warm in winter”!!!!! lol lucky it held her off until i could explain better. She is 29 now and fully understands lol

  7. Oh goodness, this is SO coming down the line in our house too isn’t it. Gulp. Will get my act together – love your approach, honesty is the best policy I think, even if it does gross them out! Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

  8. Well congratulations on how well you dealt with that awkward situation! Not sure I would of handled it quite so well. Honesty is always best but its tricky when we are ambushed with awkward questions. #BrilliantBlogPosts

  9. I remember this question well! My son was not convinced kids just came out of the belly as he quite rightly argued there must be an exit somewhere, as he could see no way of getting back in 🙂

  10. Haha brilliant, sounds like you handled it quite well! We haven’t had to have this conversation yet but my eldest will be 4 next year so I’m expecting it at some point in the not too distant future… #magicmoments

  11. you’ve made me feel all warm and contented inside 🙂 Sunshine can make such a difference to how you feel, can’t it? I am thrilled that Gordon’s have started doing sloe gin – much easier than the DIY stuff we used to make, which saw us covered in scratches from picking those elusive berries! The girls’ wendy house looks amazing – and maybe you can even use it yourself to escape for a few minutes peace every now and then 😉 xx

  12. Hello!
    I would have. My daughter once asked why mummy’s have hair umm down There and not daddy’s. Like you on the spot I went blank and said “because it keeps us warm in winter”!!!!! lol lucky it held her off until i could explain better. She is 29 now and fully understands lol

  13. I said ‘no, that is how your sister came out’ to which she obviously then asked how she came out! Uh oh! So I told her. She then told me with a disgusted look on her face that she didn’t want any babies coming out of her like that! Oh well at least she knows now!!

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