The preamble: The Other Child is pregnant and expecting her baby in late August. The Smallest Baby Girl is three and fascinated. The conversation goes thus:
SBG: (looking at herself in the mirror) “Look at my big tummy Mummy”
TOC: “Yes, it’s full of dinner”
SBG: “I think it’s full with baby
TOC: “No, I think it’s dinner”.
SBG: “So how do babies get into your tummy then?”
TOC: “We’ve talked about this. Mummies and Daddies have a special cuddle and the baby gets in there”.
SBG: “Like a big squeeze?”
TOC: “Yes that’s right”
*Another long pause*
SBG: “So it’s like magic then?”
TOC: (Relieved at having got away with such an easy explanation) “Yes, that’s right its magic”
SBG: (With much consideration) “So Daddy used his magic wand to make a spell with …..”
Cue much choking hilarity from The Other Child and the rest of us when she related it. Can we please keep the Smallest Baby Girl at this age forever?