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9.16.2013

The Babies in the Eggs

This last Thursday, we went to OMSI for our family day. With hesitation, we showed Amelia the Prenatal Development exhibit. We just weren't sure what she would think. However, we felt like if she's going to hear about babies and see the whole process, this was a pretty safe and scientific way. So in we went! 

nerds FTW!

She was very curious about it all. The first thing they have is a wall display of a male and female human. Next to those there is a diagram of a woman's anatomy with a light sequence to show where the egg travels before and after fertilization. She loved the lights! There were also microscopic views of sperm, of course.

Listen, she's only two and a half. We weren't about to give her a sex talk. So she started asking about the male, saying, "Hey! That's like Daddy!" pointing to the male's you-know-what and we gave a quick Yeah! You're right! before moving onto viewing the babies. 

If you've never seen this exhibit or something like it, let me explain what it is. There are several displays of babies from embryo stage up to thirty-something-week gestation. Like actual babies, donated for science after health problems are accidents caused preterm ending of the pregnancy. The exhibit was built back in the 90s. They are able to be displayed because of a process called plastication. If you don't know what that is, look it up. I'm no scientist therefore I will not try to explain much about the process. In short, people donate their bodies for science and scientists use this process to preserve the integrity of a deceased body. Google BODY WORLDS. Some people are offended by it. Others, like Danny and I, are fascinated. We're both science nerds. All that to say, hopefully you can imagine what this exhibit looked like. 

Amelia loved it! She was asking questions about the umbilical cord, amniotic sac, and uterus. We looked at all the displays and left for the kid area afterwards. Amelia didn't bring it up anymore that day. And neither did we. Fast forward to today and let me set the scene for the conversation we had this morning...

We were all just waking up, snuggling in bed. And the first thing Amelia said was this: "Where do the babies grow? In the squishy thing? Hey! Was daddy at OMSI this last day? I was just thinking about that!"

I replied, "Yeah, he was! What else were you thinking about, Amelia?"

She answered, "Oh oh oh! I was thinking about the paper daddy. It looked like the old daddy, my daddy! And he had its private parts. And there was a mama, too." 

"What else were you thinking about?" I asked.

Amelia said very excitedly, "I was thinking about the babies. In the eggs!" 

So she doesn't totally get the whole pregnancy thing. Amelia was very aware of Elsie growing in my tummy. And she knew that she had "come out". But other than that, babies just come in eggs! :)

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