Beans is a most verbal child, and although I love that he has been able to converse with me since before he was a year old I haven’t always liked what he has to say.
But some of it sure makes me laugh. (I have to laugh, right? Because otherwise, I might … well, you know.)
For instance, when I was pregnant with Tallulah, he wanted to know why my tummy was so big. I went through all the usual explanations – your baby sister is growing in there, yada yada.
So, I suppose it stands to reason that when we brought little Lulah home, he would want to know: “Mama, why is your tummy still big?”
Beans is a problem solver by nature, and he worked through various explanations on his own.
“Are we having another baby?” he first wanted to know.
I told him we weren’t, and he expressed disappointment – if there was another one, after all, it could be a boy.
Breastfeeding spurred surprisingly few questions from my boy. He doesn’t remember that he nursed, but he readily accepts that his sister gets milk straight from her mama.
A couple of days after coming home from the hospital, I was nursing Lulah when the questions about my – ahem – width started again.
I choked back my own disappointment at being so blatantly reminded that I wasn’t yet back to my svelte pre-baby self and informed Beans that my tummy was just swollen and that I would be back to my normal size sometime soon.
Then, in a flash of brilliance, he announced that he knew why my tummy was so big.
“That’s where you keep the milk!” he exclaimed.
And then, a concern: “Mama, when your tummy gets little, will we be all out of milk?”
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