Today at dinner the topic of conversation turned to belly buttons. I'm not sure how this topic got started. My kids love it when I say "belly button" in Japanese (hey so) and chase after them until I grab them and tickle their tummies or belly buttons. I think my 6 year old pulled up his shirt for some reason and exposed his belly button. My husband asked him to sit right and eat dinner. I said that I couldn't play the belly button game during dinner (I know, I'm such a mean mom).
My husband asks my 6 year old if he know what kinds of animals have belly buttons. My 6 year old doesn't know. My husband explains that "warm blooded" animals have belly buttons. My 6 year old isn't sure what "warm blooded" means. So I try to help. "Animals that are born from their moms have belly buttons. Animals that are born from eggs do not have belly buttons," I say.
My 6 year old seems to understand. He says, "so snakes don't have belly buttons."
"Would the dog have a belly button?" I ask.
My 6 year looks at the dog (we're dog sitting until Monday) and thinks. He finally replies, "Yes."
My 4 year old has been sitting at the table and now wants to join this conversation. "Mom doesn't have a belly button," he says.
"Why not? She has a mother," my husband replies.
"Because she's a grown up," is the 4 year old's reply.
I don't know how to reason with his logic. Apparently all grown ups don't have belly buttons. They must fall off somehow when we turn 18! Who knew?!