|The questioner, soon after her arrival.|
My kids and I were discussing their favorite topic--stories from when they were little--when we stumbled upon the stories of their birth. Both of my children were born by c-section. This facilitates the childbirth conversations. I typically explain that, while babies "usually come out between the mom's legs," I had surgery and the doctor took them right out of my tummy. This is an opportune time to show the scar to prove it. That vague "between the legs" business always seemed to provide sufficient detail.
I tucked in my six-year-old, turned off the lights, and was about to leave her room when she said, "You know how sometimes moms have to have surgery to get the baby out of their tummy?" Yes, I do know. Quite familiar, in fact.
She followed up with the natural next question. "If the mom doesn't need surgery, how does the baby come out?"
I'm of the school that believes in using the appropriate anatomical names for body parts. I told her that the baby comes out the mother's vagina. Having a vagina herself and being well aware of the basic construct, she looked at me with a look of combined puzzlement and astonishment. I explained, "It stretches out to fit" when it's time for the baby to come.
She sat quietly for a moment, pondering that, and with wide eyes she vehemently exclaimed, "Ouch!"
I'm pretty sure she gets the idea.
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