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June 16, 2015
It’s one of those questions that we all dread isn’t it? “Mummy where do babies come from?” Up there with “Is Santa Claus real?” and “What are you eating, Mummy? Is that chocolate?” As you shovel leftover Easter eggs into your mouth from deep inside the fridge.
Toddlers are wonderful creatures, full of a joyful, sometimes face-reddeningly embarrassing, mix of honesty and creative thinking. If your child stops at “where do babies come from?” you’ve been let of lightly by toddler standards. You may even be able to get away with “inside mummy’s tummy,” and then move on to more pressing matters of why some people (yes, like that man over there, thank you son) have big noses or why jelly beans don’t grow on trees.
But for most of us, once our toddler has begun to understand that there is an actual baby causing Mummy’s tummy to swell and not a giant watermelon, that is where the fun really begins. And when I say fun, I obviously mean the kind of fun that makes you want to cringe behind the covers of Mother and Baby magazine and turn up the volume on Dora, pretending you haven’t heard.
For me, this moment happened about 5 months into my third pregnancy. With my second pregnancy my oldest was way too young to understand what was happening, it was all a massive shock to him going down for breakfast with Daddy one morning, to come back up 45 minutes later and find an imposter in the family bed, so third time round I had two very inquisitive little minds. At three and four and using their combined crazy they were not about to be fobbed off. So here we are, out of the mouths of babes;
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