I have a really weird relationship with my bellybutton. Truth be told, it terrifies me. Something about the fact that it used to be a hole that I was fed through while living in my mom’s stomach, but now it’s sealed and closed and serves no purpose– well, that’s some kind of crazy. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers.
Currently, I can see the outside of my bellybutton for the second time in my life. At 28 weeks pregnant, I think it’s safe to say my navel’s “popped” and I am the proud owner of an outie, not an innie. Which is nice in a way, because I can tell you it’s really really clean (no lint here!), but it’s also kind of scary. My button’s like a finger, only fat and round and a half centimeter long. So I guess not like a finger at all, but like a little nose poking out of my stomach. But a nose without nostrils or a sense of smell…so not really a nose either. I know, it’s like a turkey thermometer, only in my case, my little Thanksgiving bird isn’t done yet…I still have 11 or so more weeks to go. Oh well, whatever it’s “like” — it’s just weird.
AND, ticklish. The other day during my sonogram I laughed like a hyena every time the sono tech ran the Doppler over my little outie. It was frankly embarrassing. I think she thought I actually LIKED her touching my bellybutton, which I certainly did NOT. Truth is, I felt as though I was being electrocuted through my navel. Not a pleasant feeling.
So that’s why I’m thankful to the Japanese author and illustrator, Jun Nanao and Tomoko Hasegawa, respectively. You probably know them for their better known books like, Everyone Poops and The Gas We Pass, but lately, my favorite of their children’s works has been Contemplating Your Bellybutton. It’s probably because I identify with it; for Pete sake, I am devoting an entire blog post contemplating my navel!!!
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