Lot 48: Bellybuttons

June 21, 2012


I've been thinking a lot about bellybuttons lately since my new niece and nephew were born.  I've never really thought about them or noticed them until I was changing Avery and Oliver's diapers and saw that the umbilical chord hadn't completely fallen off yet.  It's strange to think about, how you once were in your mommy's belly and you got your nutrients directly from your mom.  But that hasn't changed, has it?  I don't know about you, but I still get everything I need from my mom.  This is especially true when you are growing up.  She feeds you, she clothes you, she gives you hugs and strokes your hair when you are upset.  In a way, she is still giving you the same "nutrients" you received from her when you were in the womb. (Is this a gross topic?)  We all grow up and move out and start to care for ourselves eventually, but that doesn't mean we stop needing our moms.  I, at least, will always need my mom.
Theoretically, why can't you get comfort and food and clothes from anyone?  Why couldn't anyone fill that role of nurturing you?  Why does it matter if it is your mom or not?  Why can't it just be someone who loves you?  Because of bellybuttons.  Even before each of us were born, we were literally connected to our mothers.  Everyone says there is such a strong connection and an indescribable love that a mother has for her child, and yes this true, but what about children for their mothers?  You weren't the only ones who was biologically connected to us.  We don't just need anyone to love and nurture us, we need our mothers.
I know how hard it is for new moms to wean their babies off nursing.  One of my friends called me crying the last day she breast fed her son, saying that he wasn't going to need her anymore and he wasn't going to love her anymore.  Not true.  No matter how old you are, you always need your mom.  Your child will always be your baby and will always need you, I promise.  Don't you need yours?
With almost every new mom I know, they all had their moms come and stay with them for a few weeks after they had their baby.  Most of them had her with them in the delivery room.  Why?  Because no matter how old you get, you still need your mom.  And it all started with a bellybutton.

I probably should have written this on Mother's Day.  Oh well.

1 comment:

  1. So cute to think that it really does all start there. I'll probably never think ab out my belly button in the same way again. =)


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