Reversing the Birth Process…The Mary Way

| February 26, 2014 | 7 Comments

This is where she used to live... (read this caption with The Old Apartment by BNL in your head)

This is where she used to live… (read this caption with The Old Apartment by BNL in your head) – Photo belongs to Samantha Ball.

At 2 years old, Mary has become a creative and imaginative thinker. This is a great thing, but it sometimes leads us down unexpected paths.

My daughter has the habit of yanking up my shirt and blowing raspberries on my belly. It’s usually my husband who eggs her on to do this while he laughs, but I just can’t wait for the moment in my near future, I am sure, when she tries to expose my stomach in all its glory in public—so she can try to make fart noises on my skin.

This is all leading up to something. I promise. So, one day when she is doing this, I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain to her how hard my “belly” has worked for her.

“You used to live in there you know.”


“In mommy’s belly.” As I am speaking these words, I think about what a special moment we are having. I am telling my daughter about where she began.

“I want to go back” she says, abruptly.

“Where?” I ask, confused. Upstairs? downstairs? to the playroom? (One of the roles they always leave off the list pertaining to Mothering (nurse, chauffeur, chef, CEO, etc.,) is part-time detective).


“You can’t.” I tell her, suddenly panicking about if this will lead us away from Lovey Dove Lane and down the dark and dreary Temper Tantrum Alley.

“Yes I can! Right in here!” and she promptly starts jabbing at my belly button.

“No, I am sorry Mary, you’re too big to go back now.”

“I want to go back in there!” she says, getting shrill now and trying to stretch my belly button with her little hands. When that doesn’t work, she sticks her big toe inside my belly button. Yes, you’re reading that right. As I was lying on the floor, my daughter rammed her toe in my belly button.

“Mary, you are getting to be a big girl now and you’re too big to live inside of Mommy. But no matter how big you get, Mommy loves you.”

Someday, I’ll have to tell her the truth about the birds, bees and childbirth. But not yet, luckily. She accepted that answer and stopped trying to rip me open from the outside. Despite the physical pain I was feeling, I still managed to marvel at how wide open her world is, and how anything is possible to her.

Do you have any fun tales of the impossible things your kids thought were possible?

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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Kids, Moms, Pregnancy

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Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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  1. Lynda Cook says:

    I got a little chuckle from your story, some of the things children say is so funny but cute at the same time. I thought it was very cute that Mary wanted to go back inside, most kids I know would be like eeewww…lol

  2. Brenda A says:

    To the poster and readers, the more we normalize human sexuality and make it truthful, honest and natural, the healthier our kids will grow up. If we treat it as embarrassing, something to fear or something we feel lucky about not having to discuss with our kids we are forced to ask the question “where will the kids eventually get the information themselves?” The oh so realistic internet? The playground? Magazine covers in the check out line? “The Talk” is not singular. It is an ongoing discussion right from the beginning. Empower kids with what sexuality really is, do not allow over-sexualized media to taint it. Your kids will appreciate knowing that they can come to you with any and all questions with the understanding that they will receive an honest and accurate answer.

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    Awww her request seems to have come from such an earnest, loving place. I’m sure that when you do have that conversation, it will be just fine. Kids are capable of understanding and accepting more than we give them credit for.

  4. Hi Lynda – thanks for the comment 🙂

    Hi Brenda – I agree that talking about this subject should be ongoing. I will be giving her more and more detail as she shows ability to understand.

    Victoria – I think you’re right. She’s a very loving child. 🙂

  5. Fan R says:

    It is nice when kids try to think the way we never thought about, it is like other day our kid in store asked why there are so many git boxes without any gifts inside. Where are all they gone?

  6. Fan R. says:

    I like that going back request, kids are really funny!

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