If you’ve had a baby, you may be familiar with the above book — it is full of amazing in-utero photos, and covers pregnancy from conception to birth. An abbreviated magazine-style version, called “As Your Baby Grows” is usually included in the bag of goodies given newly pregnant women at the doctor’s office. This little magazine has never been more helpful to me than right now, since my 7 and 9 year-old boys are just full of questions about how the baby starts growing, and more importantly, how it gets out!
Just so you’ll know what a little math prodigy Benjamin is (he’s about to start second grade), I showed him a picture of the egg and explained that it starts dividing. So, first there are two cells, then four, then eight…he then proceeded to correctly identify the pattern and continue it up to 1024! In his head! I know this is kind of braggy, but isn’t he a smarty?
Some people will be horrified by this, but the book shows pretty detailed pictures of childbirth, and I just kind of let the boys discover that on their own. I think it was especially helpful to Sam, who knows a little more about “the birds and the bees” and was kind of wondering about certain parts of the female anatomy. These pictures aren’t gross nor pornographic, just realistic.
The crowning moment of discovery happened last night, when Ben, who had obviously been studying the pictures of the baby immediately after birth, came down and asked, “Mom, the place where the baby comes out, is it all slimy?”