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    My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    We visited the local farm for Lambing Day today, saw lots of new born lambs and piglets

    My son started asking how he was born. He already know he came out of my tummy but was asking more probing questions like how he got out - did I sick him up out of my mouth? I bumbled through it a bit because there were lots of children around - the place was swarming. I said he came out head first, let's not talk about it now and would explain more later at home.

    He thinks he headbutted me in the stomach and broke out that way I think I will have to have a quiet chat with my son sometime soon!!

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    Abnormal Damsel Mrs B
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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Bless him! Times like this I'm happy to be able to explain a c-section!

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    Damsel Diva Superkat
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    Well DS surprisedOH with that particular question recently, OH fumbled about a bit and came up with 'there's a bow behind mummy's belly button and the baby unties it to get out of mummy's tummy'

    So I can see I am going to have to enlighten him somewhat!


    Loving being mummy to the crazy whirlwind that is Toby

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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    We've just always told them the truth. Seems easier and not one of them has ever been shocked or bothered. I think telling fibs about it make sit more of a big deal than it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs B View Post
    Bless him! Times like this I'm happy to be able to explain a c-section!
    WSS.


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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs B View Post
    Bless him! Times like this I'm happy to be able to explain a c-section!
    And here.
    Although dd1 tbought lambing was the same as poo-ing.

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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    I would think telling a little child you get cut open to get the baby out would be more traumatic or upsetting etc than the truth. But we're quite relaxed about birth in this house because it happens so often

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laneyjaney View Post
    I would think telling a little child you get cut open to get the baby out would be more traumatic or upsetting etc than the truth. But we're quite relaxed about birth in this house because it happens so often
    But it was the truth in the case of my second. So no lies, just facts

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    FAT donna-j
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    Agreed. Thomas knows he was pulled out of a hole in my tummy in a rush as he stopped breathing.

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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    No no I see that , sorry but I think I would want mine to know the usual way as well.

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    Abnormal Damsel Mrs B
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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Quote Originally Posted by Laneyjaney View Post
    I would think telling a little child you get cut open to get the baby out would be more traumatic or upsetting etc than the truth.
    No, it's easy and is the truth here - I just showed them my scar and say "the doctor pulled you out of there" and they've totally accepted it. DD however is obsessed with wanting to climb back into my tummy atm, but a skin-to-skin cuddle or shoving her under a big jumper does the trick!

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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Ah bless her Mrs B!

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    Mine were all there for Jemimah's birth, so they know first hand how birth works. The morning after Jemimah was born, Edie (4) came up to our room with her teddy and a teeny tiny teddy.
    She said "Teddy Lane has had a baby! Her tummy got bigger and bigger and bigger, then she squeeeeeezed the baby out of her bottom!"


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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Quote Originally Posted by Laneyjaney View Post
    We've just always told them the truth. Seems easier and not one of them has ever been shocked or bothered. I think telling fibs about it make sit more of a big deal than it is.
    I fully intend to tell him the truth, we'll have no 'stork left you under a bush' stories in my house.

    I didn't think it was fair to tell the truth to the other children in the barn though, it's up to thier own parents to tackle that one. I just thought it funny how he came to his own conclusion of headbutting me in the stomach from the inside out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs B View Post
    No, it's easy and is the truth here - I just showed them my scar and say "the doctor pulled you out of there" and they've totally accepted it.
    Exactly this they've both seen my scar and photos from the operating theatre when they were born so it makes sense to them.

    ETA I have explained to E that not all babies come out that way and told her about vaginal birth, but I don't think she believed me she looked at me like this and carried on with what she was doing W isn't interested enough for further detail

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    Damsel Diva popinjay1
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    It's been quite recent Claire has asked exactly how she was born, previously she was quite happy with 'Mummy went to hospital and the doctors helped you out' line. I was honest and said all of them came out of Mummy's 'bits'. She was pretty disgusted at the idea lol. She asked me if it hurt and I said 'a little bit'. Think if I'd told her the truth about that she would have been really freaked! Needless to say she never wants a baby herself.

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    Re: My 8 yr old's view on childbirth

    Quote Originally Posted by Laneyjaney View Post
    No no I see that , sorry but I think I would want mine to know the usual way as well.


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