anyways I need help again!
So, R and I are reading this book okie..in that there is one small cartoon strip which talks about a Giraffe coming with his Amma to meet Amma’s uncle who introduces them to a Kangaroo who tells the Giraffe that my son will be happy to meet you and when the Giraffe asks where her son is, the son comes out from her pouch and says I am here..and then the Giraffe asks why the son is there, the Kangaroo says all Kangaroos carry their children in their pouch
I finsh reading it and R is silent for what seems like 10 minutes to me (In the R world 1 minutes of silence in human clock = 78 minutes of silence in R clock) you know what I mean right?
and then she turns and asks me
Amma, Kangaroo ka child shop se aya (Amma, did the Kangaroo’s child come for the shop)
RM: Shop se?
R: Amma, shop se buy kiya (Was it bought from the shop?)
RM: Why are you asking that?
R: Pouch mein tha na..thats why (He was in the pouch, thats why?)
RM: no no baby, children come from their Amma’s tummy
R: oh…after two minutes of human time
(The entire conversation took place in a mixture of Hindi/English/Gujju/ Tamizh, I am just putting the translation here)
Amma, did you also have a pouch when I was a chotu baby
RM: No beta, pouch is only there for Kangaroos
R: Oh okie…
Again silence for some time…I can hear her brains churning thoughts faster and faster with a whirrrringgg sound
Amma…how does the baby come out of Amma’s tummy
RM: hmmmm(I am thinking here whether I should be telling her about vaginal delivery and stuff…but decide against it because she is definitely too young) The doctor takes the baby out
R: how amma
RM: hmmm..there can be different ways…sometimes the doctor cuts the tummy and takes out the baby
R: cuts the tummy…phir blood comes out?
RM: This is going into something else only – Errr…yes it does but he stitches it up
R: oh….does it pain?
RM: WEll not really you are given medicines for it not to pain
R: Oh okie… and then is silent again
Amma, when I came out did the doctor cut your tummy
RM: To tell the truth or not but I decide not to tell the truth – Errr..yes but it didnt hurt!
R: okie amma,
and she turns the page of the book
my questions –
1) Did I take the right approach?
2) I lied to her (well not lied,but didnt tell the truth) when I told her that I was cut open, I wasnt, I had a traumatic natural delivery!) but I couldnt really explain that to her na?
3) IS there a better way to tell her about babies and mummy ka tummy