I've mentioned a couple times before how I occasionally babysit for two little boys. They are so cute, and I really enjoy spending time with them.
And sometimes, what they say can be eye-opening, funny, shocking, and/or crippling.
After my miscarriage and subsequent D&C, I had one of those crippling moments with W, who was barely 4-years-old at the time.
But a couple nights ago, when I babysat for the first time in a couple months, W had me laughing. He is now four-and-a-half, and he is just too smart for his own good!
After his parents left, I was getting the Play-Doh out so W and his brother G could play (making noodles is their favorite!). While I was walking around gathering the supplies, W casually asks me,
"Miss Kara, why are you so fat now?"
I smile, and reply that I have a baby growing in my belly. And he will grow there for several more months, and then he'll be ready to come out.
"And then he comes out the birth canal, right?"
My eyes got wide, and I said, "Um, yes, he will." I was really hoping that he didn't ask me any questions about the birth canal. Not only am I not really an expert on the birthing experience, well... the birth canal is not necessarily an area of the body I feel comfortable discussing with a 4-year-old!
And then baby boy was forgotten, and Play-Doh time ensued.
Later on, though, when W and G were having their evening snack of yogurt and sprinkles, W asks me if the baby has a name yet. I tell him that he does in fact, and it's Henry.
"Henry. That's a good name. Like Henry the steam engine."
Well little W, I'm glad you approve!
Soon after I put the boys to bed, their parents arrive home. I tell them about W asking why I was fat (W's dad got a good laugh out of that one!), and about the birth canal reference. W's mom laughed, and said that W thinks of the birth canal much like the Panama Canal, and that he definitely does not know where in the body the birth canal is.
So I'm sure little W thinks that Baby Henry will come sailing down a nice, wide river when he's ready to be born...