getting ready for baby, Kidspeak

Umbilical cords and other stuff

Truett has been asking questions about the pregnancy and the new baby so I spent the afternoon reading a pregnancy picture book with him. By that, I mean a book with pictures about the developing baby in utero.

He was completely fascinated with the entire process, like he couldn’t believe that’s where he came from. All he knew about pregnancy was that there’s a baby in the general region of my stomach (but he probably thought I ate the baby or something) and that it would eventually come out from the general region of my bottom.

He now understands the basics of how pregnancy works, so here’s Tru’s version of pregnancy and babies.

On the magical powers of the umbilical cord

Tru: The baby will eat food from the umbical cord?

Me: Yeap, whatever mommy eats will go to the baby via the umbilical cord.

Tru: And baby will drink milk with the mouth?

Me: No, baby doesn’t need to drink milk at the moment.

Tru: Then why does baby need a mouth when got umbical cord?

Me: You’re right, baby doesn’t technically need the mouth for now but when the baby is born, the umbilical cord will be cut off and that’s when they will start to drink milk.

Tru: *looks horrified* You are going to cut the baby’s umbical cord? Baby will be in pain and cry.

Me: Don’t worry, it’s like cutting hair, doesn’t hurt at all.

On the water in the womb (and more magical powers of the umbilical cord)

Tru: Mommy’s womb got a lot of water for baby to swim right?

Me: Right. The baby will be swimming in the water for 9 months.

Tru: Does baby have floats? What if baby drowns?

Me: Baby can breathe in the water because oxygen gets passed through the umbilical cord.

Tru: I want to have umbical cord too so I can breathe in the water when I go swimming.

On baby crying

Tru: How come baby doesn’t cry? Is it the umbical cord?

Me: Haha no. Because baby is in the water so it’s hard to cry when you’re underwater. Or it could be something about the vocal cord development. Either one.

Tru: Why baby got so many cords?

Me: Uh, I really don’t have an answer for that. Anyway, aren’t you glad the baby can’t cry now? There’ll be a lot of crying when the baby comes out.

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  • Reply Cheoklet March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Kids say the darnest things :)
    Would you like to share the title of the book you read to Truett?

    • Reply Daphne March 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Cheoklet, it’s actually Pregnancy and Babies by Dr Miriam Stoppard. Technically not a kid’s book but it has lots of great illustrations. There’s a segment on the actual childbirth that’s um, not very kid friendly though..

  • Reply Candice March 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    i’m quite glad that i don’t have that much explaining to do for now..until they are both big enough to ask such questions.
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    • Reply Daphne March 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      LOL yeah the questions will come soon enough. :) But illustrated books really help to explain stuff.

  • Reply Janelle March 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm


  • Reply Mel March 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    cute conversation!

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips March 13, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Has he asked questions like ‘where baby come from?’? :S
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    • Reply Daphne March 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Thankfully not yet. Not looking forward though

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