Where Babies Come From

imageI have two younger sisters born seventeen months apart.  I was about eight when Connie came along.  Mother had told us she was expecting, but since I wasn’t interested in babies, I quickly put it out of my mind, not think thinking much more about it.  I even socked one of my cousins for saying my mother was pregnant.  I thought it was an insult like “trashy” or “low class.”  I was shamed to no end when my aunt confirmed that my mother was indeed “pregnant” and the word meant “expecting.”  Not only was Mother “pregnant!” She’d put me in a position to humiliate myself.

Connie and Marilyn's Toddler PicturesI found Connie very cute and entertaining once she got old enough to play.  Always happy to play with her, I’d forsake her as soon as she cried or needed a diaper.  Phyllis was a “little mother” and could care for Connie as well as Mother.  When Connie was a year old, Mother and Daddy announced a second baby was en route.  By now, I’d picked up a little misinformation and knew baby production involved the two of them.  They’d “done it” though what “it” involved was very foggy.  They’d alway said if I had any questions, come to them, so one day when Mother had her friends over for coffee,  I asked if they’d had to do “it” more than five times to get five children.  This clearly wasn’t the type question she meant.  I guess questions about Sunday School were more to her taste.  She invited me to mind my own business and not ask any more questions.

 

 

 

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29 thoughts on “Where Babies Come From

  1. Children are very innocent and they see the world as it is presented to them with little of childish fantasies..

    I was raised from my older sisters (meaning I could ask them anything before asking my mom), so I was always ahead and well informed about many things including how babies are made. However not everyone around me knew those things.. once I remember me and my cousin met a pregnant woman and I asked her “do you know how babies are made?” -she said yes “you just have to eat a lot of beans and you tommy grows, and one of the beans inside is converted to a mall baby” – ahahaha I still laugh with this 🙂

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  2. And another time, my daughter with her friends was playing “families” by designating one student as “father”, one as “mother” and so on and an “over-zealous” teacher sent a note to us and called us to school to meet her and reprimand us. My daughter was 6 at the time.

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  3. I once got called to the school because my daughter, who was in either kindergarten or first grade, had drawn a picture of what was supposed to be a woman. There was crayon marking just above a very private area. The teacher thought my kid had at some point viewed porn, or witnessed some activity not appropriate for a child. So I asked my kid what she was trying do draw. I was pregnant at the time, and she was trying to draw an image of a new baby fluttering or kicking in the mommy’s tummy. I had let her feel the baby kicking and explained to her that it was her new baby brother or sister.

    It was a very innocent drawing, but had been viewed in the wrong way by an overly zealous teacher.

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