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Pregnancy Guide Week 32: Toddler Pregnancy Education

July 23, 2015

This week, our toddler was inadvertently taught several things about pregnancy and babies that we didn’t plan.

For example, she got a little toy watch in a kid’s meal. When we got home, I sat on the couch and she asked me to buckle it. She then lifted up my shirt and rubbed it on my belly. Then she got a wipe and would alternate between wiping my stomach and rubbing the watch on it. She finally told me she was listening to the baby’s heartbeat like the doctor! Awwww. But now she does this somewhat excessively.

toddler learning about ultrasounds and pregnancy

The next accidental lesson was in breastfeeding.

I haven’t taught or discussed breastfeeding yet with my daughter, although I was planning on explaining it before this baby was born.

However, this week we read in her “My First Encyclopedia” book about mammals. She learned that mammals drink milk from their mothers when they are babies. She knows that elephants and lions are mammals and that she is a mammal.

I’m not 100% sure where she learned how they drink milk, but this week she lifted up her shirt and put her stuffed elephant’s trunk up to her chest and said, “Elephant is drinking milk because he’s a mammal!” Again, I have no idea how she learned where the milk comes from, but somehow she made that connection. She even came up to me and tried to drink milk from me – in front of my teenaged brothers-in-law. Talk about awkward… and hilarious! I had to explain it’s just baby mammals that drink milk from their mothers, and she didn’t have to drink milk from me anymore, but when this baby is born he will drink milk from me because he’s a mammal. And that was all the explanation she needed.

So that’s one way to have that conversation.

This week I took a stroll down memory lane to when I was 32 weeks pregnant with my daughter. As it turns out, I dressed up my big pregnant belly in ridiculous costumes during this week both pregnancies.

Pregnancy #1 – 32 weeks fell over Halloween. We were Juno and Paulie Bleeker.

Dressing up as Juno and Bleeker for Halloween when pregnantThis time around, 32 weeks aligned with Cow Appreciation Day at Chic-Fil-A, which is an annual tradition in our chicken-loving family.

Dressing up as a cow for Cow Appreciation Day
(I just realized there are 3 elephant toys visible just in the frame of this picture. That little girl and her elephant obsession have taken over our lives. Gahhh!)

I also realized we started another pregnancy tradition this week.

When I was just 10 weeks pregnant with our daughter, we took a trip to the west coast and visited SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. I was excited to see the pandas because there are only 4 zoos in the United States that have pandas, and all of them are on loan from China. So I thought it’d be cool to see them. This week we visited the National Zoo in Washington D.C., which also hosts giant pandas. My daughter finally got to see pandas in person, and lil’ baby boy got his turn to see pandas (in utero).

Then…

Pregnancy tradition of going to the zoo…and now!

This little boy has already gotten so big, and this week he felt especially big. Maybe he just had a growth spurt. It’s been so fun to have visible kicks and movement to show my husband and daughter. My daughter loves putting her hands on my belly and will gasp and say, “HE KICKED!” even when he didn’t. She loves kissing him and talking to him, too. She told him that she’s going to teach him how to talk and that he can hug her elephant.  But sometimes she gets confused when we tell her that she’s going to be a big sister and that she’s getting a little brother, and she tells people that she’s going to be a big brother. Oh well, she’ll figure it out.

Oh, and I thought my heartburn couldn’t get worse than it already was, but this week when I went to bed, hours after I had eaten dinner, it hit me instantly and radiated into my back. MY BACK!! It was a horrible, horrible feeling. So in order to get any sleep, I have to sleep on our couch sitting up. Seriously.

Do you have any pregnancy traditions or any you wish to start?

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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2 thoughts on “Pregnancy Guide Week 32: Toddler Pregnancy Education

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Angela Silva

Haha thanks Hannah! Yeah, she’s a little sponge with a memory that makes me watch my tongue all the time 🙂

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Hannah

I love that your daughter is so jazzed about mammals, haha! Navigating through those conversations can be uncomfortable, but I like the way you handled it. Great post!