The First Question of the New Year

As I was eating breakfast this morning, Sophie approached me with a sly smile on her face. “Mom, how do babies come out of your butt?” she asked, barely containing her laughter.

Mind you, as far as Sophie’s concerned, anything down below is part of the butt. Try as we might to employ the correct terminology with her, it’s all about the butt.

She’s four years old, so I was not going to go into any great detail. I told her that babies grow in mommies’ bellies, and that when they’re ready to come out, the mommy gives a big push and the doctor helps. I explained that the head comes out first, followed by the arms, the belly and then the legs. I told her that women can carry babies in their bellies because nature made it that way. “I didn’t know nature could do that!” she exclaimed.
By this point, she couldn’t stop giggling. The image of a baby falling out of someone’s butt is just too funny. Sophie also asked me if we could go to go to the doctor to talk to the doctor about it. It was the first time she ever asked to visit the doctor. Boy, was I ever glad it was a holiday today.
Needless to say, if this is a preview of the type of interaction I’m going to have with my little girl in 2010, it’s going to be a very interesting year.