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"How Did I Get inside your Tummy?"
Monday, July 02, 2007
Some kids are really born very inquisitive. Raymund, then 2 years old, was one such kid. He would ask so many questions. Some of them were:

"Why does the sea not ran out of water, mom?", a question which entered his mind during our frequent trips to the beach. He loved the beach so much. He would hold the sea water on his palm and watch it disappear.

"Why is there night and day, mom?", a question he asked one night during a series of brownouts after 2 stormy days.

"Why do we need to sleep, mom?", a question he asked one afternoon before he took a nap.

"Why am I not in the picture?", he asked one time while staring at our (me and his dad's) wedding picture.

"Why is it that Trisha has no penis?" Trisha is our neighbor's kid. She is Raymund's playmate when he was still an only child.

There were really lots of different questions everyday. Oftentimes out of nowhere. My husband and I tried our best to answer in a way a toddler will understand.

One day while in the car on our trip to the province, he saw a pregnant woman walking. He asked, "Mommy, what is inside her big tummy?" Of course I said, "Baby". He was quiet and quite satisfied for a while but after some time he asked, "Did I also came from your tummy?" While I was nodding, he continued asking, "How did I get inside your tummy, mommy?" I was taken aback for a while. I had no ready answer. It was good my mom who was seated behind me was listening and she provided the answer. "God put you inside mommy's tummy!", she said. Oh, I was relieved. My son finally got satisfied. He fell asleep in my arms.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 1:36 PM  
  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger JohnXXV said…

    Hi. Pangasinan wikipedia at is now up and running. We hope that you can contribute in writing articles on the human anatomy or medical related articles.

  • At 6:22 AM, Blogger julie said…

    Bloghopping from PMN.

    Children do ask the things that make us think on our toes. We can never give them a wrong answer for it might be disastrous when we do. It is quite hard at times to think on your toes, noh? :)


  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Hi,johnxxv, i would love to help but i'm running a tight schedule at present and i'm not so good in the dialect.
    yes, Julie, i was always careful answering my kids' questions. it sticks to their minds. I might be questioned when they get older:)

  • At 3:15 PM, Blogger ami dasig salazar said…

    Hi Amelyn, I'm Ami from Dagupan City but I am now based in Nueva Ecija. I still go to Dagupan often for my children's check-up. I have 2 daughters who have asthma, one of them has allergic rhinitis. They are on maintenance of seretide and nasonex. I feel really bad when they get their attacks but at least it's not as bad as before, the medication must be really helping.

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    Hi, Ami.
    Your kids' maintenance are quite expensive. My 5 year old also suffer from the 2 diseases but i just maintain him on Cetirizine. No attacks for 2 years now since i started with it. Since I don't see your kids, why not ask about cetirizine and symbicort from your pedia.

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Dine said…

    they ask too many questions, sometimes we run out of answers. that is why we have to be always ready with answers. don't worry you will be able to survive beautifully with your kids' questions, like i did.

  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger ami dasig salazar said…

    Yes they're expensive. I am really looking for an alternative especially now that they've responded well. Must be really coincidental that I've found you on the net. Thanks.

    About children asking questions... I've been there and still am. When the Subic rape Case was on the news, my elder daughter asked me what rape was. More difficult question that what sex is, di ba? And she was only 5 years old then.


  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    yes, Dine, i'll get by. thanks!
    My son, Raymund, asked about rape also when he was 5, Ami. well, i also had a difficult time answering but i managed. please feel free to ask questions with regards to medicine. I would love to be of help.

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