Making a Baby

We have a new cousin who’s six weeks old.  He came to visit on Saturday, prompting a few questions from Cai, one of our three-year-olds.

Cai: Mom, is that a baby?

Me: Yes, Cai. That’s a baby.

Cai: Can I have him?

Me: You want to have the baby?

Cai: Yes.

Me: What will you do with him?

Cai: I no know.

Me: Will you feed him?

Cai: No.

Me: Will you change his diapers?

Cai: No.

Me: Will you hold him?

Cai: YES!

Me: Babies need a lot of care, Cai.  They need to be fed and changed. So let’s let the baby’s mommy and daddy do all that work, OK?

Cai, pointing to the baby’s mom and dad: Did them make the baby, mom?

Me: Yes, they made the baby.  Didn’t they do a good job?

Cai: With screws?

Me: Did they make the baby with screws?

Cai: Yes. Did them make that baby with screws?

Me: Well… yes.  I guess they did.  But I think it just took one big screw.

And there’s another counseling session I’m going to owe my kid.

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
9 comments
  1. ‘one big screw’, it took me a minute, but I get it now (well, since English is not my native tongue, I guess I’ll use that as an excuse) 😉 LOL times 10!!!

  2. I don’t think I could have done it. Kudos!

  3. OH MY THAT IS FUNNY- We too joke that our kids don’t have college funds, they have therapy funds.

  4. Funny stuff!

  5. Yeah, I was there. Hilarious!

  6. I think that laughter just saved me a counseling session, so maybe I owe Cai one. 🙂

    1. Yay! I’ve never dared to hope for partners in paying for my kids’ future counseling sessions before. Thanks, Janelle. 🙂

      I’m sure I’ve said so in my blog, but our primary goal as parents is to raise kids who are self-sufficient enough to pay for their own counseling. Every once in a while we feel we owe them a session, though.

  7. Oh, my. You are an endless source of laughter, Beth. Or, should I say, your kids are.

  8. LOVE IT – best parenting I’ve seen in a while. 😉

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