Saturday, August 25, 2012

Why I'm fat, and the Panama Canal

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...


  1. OMG LOL!! That is sooo adorable!

  2. Hilarious! I love kids so much.

    When I told my new second graders that I was having twins I had some very funny comments. My favorite was, "Now, are you adopting these babies or are they in your belly right now?" Another time I was giving a group of students a spelling pattern assessment and I wanted them to spell the word rub. I paused to think of a sentence for rub when I heard a student say in a teacher voice, "Rub, Ms. S rubs her belly, rub."

  3. Hah! Love it. I go back to my classroom tomorrow, and I know I'll get some hilarious kid comments when they return after labor day. :)

  4. Lmao! Thats a good visualization for you when youre in labor... too cute!

  5. hahaha gotta love little kids! :-)

  6. So cute! Little ones are so adorable!

  7. Haha this is an awesome story! Gotta love little kids an their innocence. :)

  8. That's so cute - and I wish the birth canal really were a nice wide river like he said! Can't we put some engineers in charge of that, just like the Panama Canal?

  9. wow, the birth canal? That is so funny! Kids do say the darndest things.

  10. Ha! If only it were that easy!!!


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