Sunday, March 20, 2011

c-section confusion

Sometimes during the last week at school, Boy-o found out about c-sections, due, it seems, to a child in his class explaining that her new sibling was coming via caesarian.  Boy-o has been asking questions here and there about c-sections - Why does the baby get cut out of the tummy, does it hurt, etc.  But nothing our parenting senses really saw as out of the ordinary.

Last night, we had a kinda hilarious conversation with Boy-o, stemming from questions about whose belly he grew in, I grew in, L. grew in, etc. etc.  It was funny.  I wish I'd recorded it for posterity.  But then we also had a lengthy conversation about how babies come out.  We talked about vaginal deliveries and c-sections.  He hung on every word.  (You should've seen the look on his face when we told him that he came into the world via my vagina - priceless).  And then we discovered where all the questions had been coming from. 

Poor Boy-o had spent the better part of the week being terrified that someone was going to cut open his belly and pull out a baby.  Poor little dude.  We gently explained to him that he couldn't actually grow a baby in his belly, and far from being dissapointed, he was WAY relieved.   Palpably.

Turns out c-sections might be a bit, um, much for the junior kindergarten crowd.  And - thus begins our search for queer appropriate 'where do babies come from' type books. 

(Wish me luck with that one!)


  1. thats very funny :) I told my two eldest the facts of life coinciding with a school film, eldest was 8 and middle child 6. I completey forgot years later that the youngest ,3 at the time had never been told. Imagine my surprise when he turned 14 and told me I'd forgotten.

  2. Aw the poor kid. Worried over something and not sure how to articulate it. Although from your descriptions of him, it won't be long before he can articulate ANYTHING and everything.

    Glad he got it out of his system.

    And if you find a book like that, seriously, let us all know. I occasionally field interesting questions at work from kids.

    Anything I can add to my arsenal is good.

  3. A book Boy-o might like is Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz. It can easily be made queer friendly because there's only a small bit about a man and woman deciding to make a baby - the main focus is on the child's body. The book is available at the Edmonton Public Library.

  4. We have GOT to get on that writing "our own" books thing.

  5. Haha so cute. We have a good book...will have to look at the title but it is inclusive and talks about people using infertility methods to get pregnant so it's inclusive. It talks about body parts, etc. I like it a lot. I think it's called "It's Not the Stork."

    Yep, that's the one: