Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's In Your Belly?

My best friend, K is pregnant due in October. She was in town last week and had us over for dinner with another couple who is also expecting in October. This was a good night for my challenge to stay away from alcoholic beverages for awhile. A couple of years ago in this situation I would have chugged a bottle of wine due to the fact that I can't get pregnant.

Eventually Min man asked Aunt K, "What's in your belly?" Aunt K always has a tiny waist so he must have noticed a change. Aunt K told him a baby was in her belly. This was the first time Min man learned that babies can be in bellies. He had a lot of questions about why it was in there, where it was, would it come out. Does it hurt?

He was so intuitive about the baby growing in the belly and how it was going to come out of Aunt K. Does it come out your eye? You have to push? I couldn't believe he came up with that on his own. This conversation will spark many others when Min man sees pregnant women. I am also pretty scared about him asking heavy women and men if they have a baby in their belly. I'm sure it will happen. I'm already formulating a response to that question/statement hoping to save face.

Today Min man asked me if I have a baby in my belly. I told him, "No, it's just a belly." This conversation did not make me sad however. I am now in great anticipation of him slowly putting the pieces together of babies growing in bellies and that he grew in a belly too. As he gets older the story will become more detailed and pertain more to him and how he arrived in this world.

Tonight at bedtime I told Min man a story of a little baby who was born far, far away and lived with a woman named Mrs. A. She loved him and took care of him and made sure he was happy. Then one day a mommy and daddy found out that this baby was to come live with them forever. They waited and waited until finally the baby was able to go to the mommy and daddy's house to be a family. He said, "It's me. I the baby. It's Min man."

I should not be shocked at anything he says at this point, but I was. It could have just been a guess or his little brain understood that I was speaking about him and how came home to live with mommy, daddy and Lucy. And how we became a family.

When the time comes to answer some difficult questions about Min man's adoption and birth mother, I hope I get it right. I think I will. I feel like he is extremely bright and such a sensitive little boy that he will understand. By getting it right I hope that he always knows just how much we love him and cherish the fact that he became our son.

10 comments:

JC said...

OMG your bedtime story made me cry! That's so sweet and he's so smart. I have no doubt you'll do a perfect job answering all his questions in the future.

Grace said...

that's something i already worry about, too, but what a beautiful conversation you had with your son. he sounds remarkable. :)

Another Dreamer said...

I admire your ability to answer those questions. When and if we adopt, at this point I'm thinking that no matter what happens now we will eventually, but I hope I have the grace that you have to answer what comes your way.

Hurdles of Life said...

((hugs)) ♥

Amy said...

What a touching story. It is so wonderful to see the gears turning in the little ones, putting it all together.

'Murgdan' said...

*tears* Another beautiful post. Beautiful.

K8 said...

Min man is SO smart!- and I'm not just saying that because he's my favorite 3-year old. Your story is so perfect, beautiful and age appropriate. You are such an incredible mom.
-Aunt K

Alex said...

You are such a wonderful mom to him! You will definitely tell him everything he needs to know in the perfect way!

Stacey said...

This is such a sweet post. It is obvious that you have a very bright and remarkable little boy! I'm so glad you have each other.

Kelly said...

That is so adorable! I have been reading a lot of books lately (while waiting for my other baby to arrive from Korea!). Telling them "their story" from an early age is really helpful and starts to help them form a positive and healthy identity. My son is a little over 2 and 1/2, and he LOVES to hear his story over and over again. He now fills in the parts as we go along.

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