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Out Of The Mouth of Babes. ..

Posted Oct 27 2008 1:47pm

My hubby has one of those picture cubes that I ordered for him Father's Day 2002 (you know, its a 3-dimensional square with 6 spots on it for pictures or sayings). . .technically Allie wasn't born yet, but I was 8 months pregnant and we had 3 dogs at the time - so how could I not get him a Father's Day present, right?

So, there were 5 spots for pictures and I put one of each dog, an ultra -sound of our baby-to-be and a picture of all 3 dogs together. On the top of the cube it said something like "Daddy's Stars" and there were 4 stars that each had a name by it - it looked something like this:

DADDY'S STARS

*Audi (a dog - who passed away in Spring of 2005)

* Budi (a dog - who passed away in Spring of 2006)

* Lexi (a 13 year old Sheltie who is still with us)

* Dot

Dot was what we called our baby when I was pregnant - the story behind it being when I got my first ultrasound at like 8 weeks or so, all we saw was a teeny tiny dot. . .I think the gestational sac, maybe? Anyways, we knew we didn't want to find out if he/she was a boy/girl and so the name "Dot" just stuck because the baby looked like, well, a Dot - not a baby at that point. Not only did Rich & I call the baby Dot - but everyone around us did. The name kinda stuck - and in all seriousness, as the pregnancy went on and we always referred to the baby as Dot, I couldn't even imagine calling the baby anything else.

But as soon as I delivered [ ok, so my question for you is when you have an emergency c-section and are barely coherent as they urgently slice you open and remove the baby, is that still me delivering the baby? I'm thinking not. . .I don't think I was doing much of anything other than laying there and hoping everything was over soon and I would hear the healthy cry of a baby shortly. . .but I guess that is a whole other question] our daughter, Dot fell aways just as quickly as I was focused on deciding whether she was going to be Allison Nicole or Jessica Nicole. . clearly Allison won.

So, back to the story at hand. On Friday, Allie happens to look at the picture cube (which she has looked at gillions of times - but now that she can read, it adds a whole new dimension to it) and begins reading the top of the cube. She gets to Dot and looks at Rich and I and with a quizzical look wonders that is.

So, Rich explains who Dot is and that the ultrasound picture is Allie while in my belly. So, she said why would you call me Dot if you knew me? So, Rich tries as best as he can to tell her that when a mommy has a baby in her belly, she doesn't know if it is a boy or girl until the baby comes out.

So, in all of her infinite wisdom, Allie says that Dot is a silly name and if we just asked her, she could have told us that she was a girl because if she was naked in my belly she could have seen her " bagina" and known she was a girl and then we could have put "Allie" on Daddy's pictures, not "Dot".

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