Questions for the Belly From My 6-Year Old
My kids know how excited I get about pregnancy. They see me congratulate every pregnant woman I possibly can, they know my “work” involves talking to moms about having healthy pregnancies and I always speak fondly to them about the time I carried them in my tummy.
In fact, whenever they get too many boo-boos or have one too many trip-and-falls, I always threaten to put them back into my tummy so they will be safe, if they’re not more careful. (Oh, I also threaten to put them back on the breast so I can make sure they get proper nutrition, if they don’t eat healthy! That one is always followed by a “Noooooooo, Mom!”---especially when I tell them I will have to come up to school and breastfeed them at lunchtime!! You should see how fast the veggies disappear from the plate after that! )
Anyway, it was really interesting to see my son's own fascination with pregnancy when an expecting girlfriend of mine stayed with us for a few days. My six-year old son wouldn’t leave her alone and he had so many questions:
“Does the baby like tuna fish sandwiches?”
“Does the baby like trains?”
“Is he hot in there?”
“Can he see me?”
“Can he hear me?”
“Would he like me to read him a story?” (and he promptly got very close to my friend’s belly, as if it was a microphone, and read his favorite book)
“Can he swim?”
“Does he want me to play cars with him?” My girlfriend lay down on the couch and let him gently run his Matchbox cars over her belly.
I wish I could remember all the questions he asked in those three to four days. Some of them were just hilarious! And most of them were related to things HE actually likes to do, as if he was auditioning the baby in utero for a potential BFF position down the road. Or perhaps at least a playdate!
But the funniest part happened much later at the playground, when a little boy kept running and falling off the monkey bars. “You better be careful,” my son said, in a very concerned voice,“Or your mom is going to put you back in her tummy to keep you safe.”
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