“Mommy, where do babies come from?”

Panic. Tightening in your chest. The inability to breathe. No, you’re not having a heart attack. Your child has just asked you where babies come from. And how do you plan to answer that question?

My best friend’s five-year old just cornered her, wanting to know “exactly how Daddy got the tiny baby in her tummy.” The baby is now eight months old. I think we all assumed if the question hadn’t been asked by now, it likely wasn’t coming. We were wrong.

My friend tries to distract her daughter, anything to buy her some time to figure out how to answer the million dollar question. She texts me. I’ve given her the best advice I can- distract her or get a book to explain it. So, she gets out the “What to Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby” book. It says something to the effect of how making a baby is like a puzzle. Mommy has the ovum and Daddy has the sperm. The natural follow-up question from her preschooler: “So Daddy put a puzzle inside of you?” They read the page again. My friend explains again about how the mommy and daddy both have puzzle pieces that make a baby start growing. Her daughter wants to know HOW her daddy put the sperm inside of mommy. “By hugging?” she asks. Mom answers “um, kind of like that.” Her sweet daughter replies “Oh, I want to give you a hug so you can have another baby, Mommy!” The discussion ended when the baby started crying. Saved by the bell.

Puzzle? Stork? A blessing from God? A special Mommy and Daddy hug? How did you explain the miracle of life to your kids?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 05:59:25

    I think I’ll try the distraction option if this comes up in our house again!!! Our “honesty is the best policy” program has led to public announcements about what types of “parts” each person we pass has. Mortifying!


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