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Boogie’s Belly Button

By January 27th, 202176 Comments
Boogie's Belly Buttontearing ish up, waiting on the doctor…

Hola Chicas,

So Boogie underwent surgery today. A very routine, minimally invasive, thirty minute procedure… but as a new mom, no surgery is minor. Especially when anesthesia is involved.

She was born with an umbilical hernia (15% of infants are), and while many of them close up on their own, Gia’s appeared to be on the grow. At the pediatrician’s suggestion we weighed the options of ‘now’ and ‘later’, and bit the bullet.

Last night, I read G the ‘Belly Button Book!’ by Saundra Boynton and explained her approaching surgery. I do things like this often, and although I sometimes feel silly afterward, it’s who I am. Instead of simple baby commands like ‘no-no’, or ‘stop’, I say things like, ‘Gia that was totally inappropriate’, or ‘elaborate GG, you’re frustrating Mommy!’ So although I’m quite sure she had no idea what I was talking about, I felt better, and she got the gist… she kept grabbing her belly, coo-ing and pointing at my belly button.

After depriving her of food and drink from midnight on, we reported to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. She was groggy, furiously signing milk, but otherwise in good spirits… blissfully unaware of the events to come. A steady stream of doctors, nurses, and technicians wandered into our pre-op room- – each with their own series of questions, documents for us to sign, and words of encouragement. I was good. Enter the chancellor. Y’all know I’m not very religious. Spiritual, yes. Religious… eh (typical heathen response!). But it’s something about prayer, especially in times of great angst, that turns on the waterworks. I managed to hold it together until they wheeled her away. Composure lost. In front of everyone. And I swear, it seemed that every nurse in the room was looking, waiting on that moment. They all rushed with tissues. I was so embarrassed.

I spent the next hour in the waiting room… blogging… emailing… worrying. Finally, the pager beeped and the surgeon and his nurse came out to see me. He briefed me, let me know Boogs was in recovery and that all was well. I turned to the nurse to thank her and she smiled and asked, ‘are you Nikki?’ The surgeon was so puzzled. She went on to explain to him about the blog and how she recognized Gia. Wouldn’t you know it, GG was in the hands of a fellow CN community member! She has become more popular than me!

She’s resting comfortably in my arms as I type this. Send good thoughts her way ladies… and my way too, as I play the role of supermom over the next few days.

Later Gators,


  • Leanna says:

    AWW poor little one & YOU! Hope for a rapid recovery xo

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so proud of you new Mommy, and calling on God for your little one is the best call you can make. Much love, I pray for healing and continued health for your little angel.

  • MelMelBee says:

    Oh wow!!! I totally missed this one!

    Praying that Baby G continues to heal!

    Peace and Love

  • shantise says:

    I wish you and your husband peace while she recovers. I had the surgery when I was about her age. I do have to say I have a deep belly button now and you might want to invest in some tea tree oil to help clean it until she is old enough to do it herself.

  • Natural-ness (LV) says:

    I hope all is well and that she is all recovered!

  • Tiffany says:

    Awww, hope all is well. How is baby now? Talk about being recognized, too funny!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikki! I pray that Boogie is doing much better and that she has a belly full of milk now! Smile! I also, hope you are doing good too.

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  • Yani says:

    Wow my son (he's 6 weeks!) was born with an umbilical hernia too! My brother was also but his went in around 7 or 8 yrs old (hes 16 now), my parents opted not to have the surgery. I hope it doesnt come to that for me and my son, Nik you are strong girl I would be a complete mess!! I'm dreading 2 months shots!!

  • Anonymous says:

    YAAAYYYY! Glad Gia's doing much better – because when she's better then you're better! Did hubby cry too?! >:) You're so good: you put humor in serious situations. You had me laughing when you said Gia was furiously signing milk (that video would have been TOO FUNNY) — and then when you said she's better: playing, babbling, swinging at me, I thought, OOPS – hope that ain't 'bout the milk!!! I'm thankful for God's grace & mercy that all you guys are doing better!!!

  • Taneica says:

    I'm glad Gia diva is on the up and up! She'll be running you ragged again in no time :-).

  • Anonymous says:

    No lie. I bawled and Gia's not even mine. My son is 17 months and I would have probably cried the entire hour. I'll be praying for an speady and uneventful recovery.

  • Valerie says:

    Aww, I hope Gia (and Mommy!) have a speedy recovery πŸ™‚ My daughter (7 months) has one and I don't know what we're going to do yet, as it seems to be closing on it's own but it's still pretty sizable. Lil' Miss Gia will be back in action in no time!

  • Natakue says:

    I'm happy lil' miss is better. She'll be up to her full shenanigans in no time =)

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikki. Glad to hear that Gia's surgery was a success and that she is recovering well. Sending thoughts and prayers for your precious baby girl and for your strength as well.


  • Anonymous says:

    Glad to hear she is doing well, and I'll continue to pray for her recovery.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hope she's doing better?

  • Nicole says:

    I love that baby so much. She's so cute in that hospital gown. Yeah girl, you should pray all the time. God has God your back and don't forget to thank Him.

  • Anonymous says:

    I had the same thing done as a baby. Mom and Dad still talk about it, like it happened yesterday. I dint even realize i had a scar til I was in high school. Also uummmmm when Gia is a teenager just let her know that belly button rings are unfortunately out of the picture now smh. I had two different piercers at two different shops look at my belly button and they both politely let me know I couldnt have it pierced smh.

  • KeetaRay says:

    So glad she is doing well πŸ™‚ Aww. God bless you and your fam, Nikki.

  • nerdycurlyqt says:

    Sending prayers and positive vibes to you both. And a healthy and speedy recovery for baby G!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thank you ladies! I'm happy to report that Boog is doing so much better! She still can't pull up, but she's sitting up, playing, swinging at me, and babbling. So, so happy. Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hope baby Gia recovers well.God bless you and family.

  • Valencia says:

    This totally brought a tear to my eye this morning. I had my son a few months before Gia was born and he was born with the same thing. I completely understand your pain. Seeing your precious baby unhappy or uncomfortable is the most awful thing in the world. If we could take their pain, we would do it gladly! I can't believe that the nurse was a follower. That is incredible. Congrats to you on being so strong (nothing at all wrong with crying…tears wash away the pain).

  • Anonymous says:

    God Bless you and Gia!!! Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Moniero says:

    Sending her lots of kisses, hugs, and love!!!! Get some rest Nikki! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki you have a way with words. Praying for you and Gia!

  • Mrs. S. Allen says:

    Thank God her procedure was a success! Praying for a speedy recovery! God Bless you and Gia!!!

  • Deia@LoveInTangles says:

    You are an awesome mommy! I totally know the feeling! Baby G will be back moving all over the place in no time. I'm a first time mommy like you…but twice (by accident ;-)) but anyway I definitely understand the emotions you feel. Btw, I'm the same way when I talk to my Drew!

  • Anonymous says:

    Awww that sweet baby is a tropper she had it all under control, Blessing to the both of you,and Im so happy to hear she is doing great.She will be in tip top booggy shape in no time. Bug hugs and kisses to the both of you. Blessings.

    _ Bobbie

  • Margaret says:

    I am so glad Gia is doing well after surgery. Your family has my prayers and I am praying for Gia's continued healing, and speedy recovery. Please continue to let us know how Ms Boog is doing. All I could say when I saw this piece was, "Awwww…Sweetpea". πŸ™‚ My spirit says she will continue to recovery quickly.

  • Sheree says:

    I wish G baby a speedy recovery and Nikki your a great mom! when i have kids one day i will talk to them just like that too πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Ooh, Nikki you scared me when I saw the word surgery and Gia in that hospital gown (you should keep it for a keepsake) but I'm so glad all is well with Ms Boog (love that nickname). May her recovery be quick and without any unforeseen problems. Also, keep in mind our Heavenly Father wants us to have a relationship with him in prayer daily not just when we need him on special occasions.

  • Anonymous says:

    Glad she's doing well! My oldest daughter (now 3 1/2) had her umbilical hernia corrected when she was 6 mths old. Like you said, it's so scary…but the recovery was pretty quick & she hasn't had any issues since.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sending you and your family good thoughts, Nikki, and wishing your little Gia the easiest and speediest recovery ever! May she be back on the go (and giving you a run for your money!) in no time! All the best! πŸ™‚


  • Raquell says:

    God continue to bless and keep you and Gia, Nikki! I pray He continues to stir up your 'mommy wisdom' as you nurse her back to health. I pray He continues to heal and comfort Gia. With Love πŸ™‚

  • Black Roses says:

    Get well soon Gia!
    She will be back to her normal self before you know it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikk, my prayers are with you and baby girl Gia. I pray for a speedy, relatively painless recovery for her and peace and strength for you. She looks so adorable with her baby hospital gown on. smile.
    Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)

  • harrietsdaughter says:

    Nikki – Praying for little Gia's quick recovery and healing, and that she is even better than she was before. Also praying for your strength, patience and peace over the next few days. Hang in there!

  • Chantel says:

    Im glad Gia's surgery went well, I had the same thing but didn't have my surgery until the summer before I went to the 1st grade. No one can even tell I had it now though.

  • CurlyKye says:

    Definitely sending prayers your way for both you and Gia!!!

    As my hubby and I just found out we're expecting our 1st together….I can't imagine the wave of emotions.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awww, poor boogie I never realized how attached I've become just by reading the site. My first thought was Nikki why didn't you tell me Boog was having surgery, then I started tearing up & I don't even have kids yet! Well just know that your fam in the cyber world is praying for baby Gia, mommy, daddy, and the rest of your fam! She will be just fine!

  • Anonymous says:

    aww I do not blame you for crying, nikki! I was tearing up just reading about Gia! hope she gets well soon! take care

  • Imogen says:

    Aww! You were such a trooper! And so was your little Girl! I will send her my positive thoughts <3 and hope for a speedy recovery!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    your comments have truly made my day! I'm sitting here… in the same place as when I wrote the post hours ago… Boogie still in my arms, sleep. She won't let me put her down! I need a glass of wine.

    But for real, love you guys and thanks for the support and well wishes.

    @Stacy, Boog's was big… like a mini elephant trunk when she was straining. Like an extreme outty. With all the extra skin, she'll now have an extreme inny, lol.

    @Keisha, lol! Tell your mom I said hi and that I've adopted her mothering technique! Maybe I'm not crazy after all… a little extra… but not crazy πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Thinking of you & Baby G! I love that she was tearing things up before the surgery. She'll be back at it in no time:) Glad the surgery went well.

  • Stacy says:

    Hey Nikki! I also had this, not surgery though. So i should say i still have! My belly button sticks out a little bit. hasnt ever really bothered me, so we just left it alone. Every once in a while my GP will ask if i want it turned in, meh, i'll live!

    Glad to hear that baby G is doing well! Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  • Anonymous says:

    Aww why did I tear up reading this? I am glad all went well. Speedy recovery to Boogie!

  • keisha says:

    awww! here's to a speedy recovery baby G! mommy will make it all better! She'll be up and about in no time! I smiled to myself when you said you talk to her like she can understand you and you're reasoning behind it. My mom talked to me and my sister the same way. It's so funny to hear my grandmother and dad talk about how she would talk us to death in the crib! Trust she still does it. It was/still is her way.

    Happy to know surgery went well! You're both troopers!

  • NaturalMSGurl says:

    Feel better Boogs, happy to hear the surgery went well.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am happy to hear the surgery went well. I know how you feel. I am a first time mom. My baby is 8 weeks old.

  • Lisa says:

    Happy to hear that surgery went well. May she have a speedy recovery.

  • Tonia says:

    My son went through this on '08 when he was 1 1/2. It was scary but he was fine and it hasn't been an issue since.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    Oh Nikki! I'm praying for 100% healing for little Gia, and praying for your strength as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    Prayers from NY to you and he family. What a miracle that she was in the hands of a fellow natural. Wow, God has the minute details worked out. And don't worry about religion, He wants a relationship with us.

  • Emma says:

    Get well soon Baby G and Mommy too. Seriously Nikki, you know you crazy!!!!!!!

  • Devon says:

    Awww Nikki, she will be just fine and back to mis-b-having in no time! Trust me;)

  • atribitt says:

    Being a mommy is hard work! Hang in there. It's funny because once she's healed, she will have totally forgotten about this whole ordeal! Being a baby is such a breeze.

  • miss rizos says:

    Not a mom yet and got teary just reading this. Hope Gia is doing better! Sending loads and loads of love and positive energies your way!

  • Anonymous says:

    You and Baby G are in my thoughts and in my prayers!

  • Anonymous says:

    Awwww Nik, this almost brought tears to MY eyes!!! Praying for G baby's speedy recovery! However, what I'm really waiting for is the first time you tell us that she says to you, "Mommy, dat wah reedy indappropiate." Because, you know it's coming=).


  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, you, baby G, your hubby are in my thoughts for a speedy recovery. It is so hard when you feel helpless and cannot protect your little one. Glad she is resting comfortably. Little ones are so resilient! Too cute about Gia being recognized by the nurse!

  • Anonymous says:

    you're in our prayers Nik!

  • Chhabria says:

    Wishing baby Gia health & healing and You, Nikki, strength and peace during this time. Everything will be just fine!:-) xo.

  • Anonymous says:

    Get well, G Baby!! πŸ˜€

  • Brandi - JusBnNappy says:

    Your daughter will be in my prayers, and you as well!! Praying for a speedy recovery and strength for the both of you. May God's will be done.

  • thenaturalmo says:

    I feel your pain. Both of my kids were born w/umbilical hernias as well as myself. My daughter had her surgery @2, and I remember her crying after waking from the anesthesia, I was a bawling mess. Hubby says I was crying more than her. My son has yet to get his done as his is much smaller just looks like a little outtie, because I don't think I can handle it yet. Just know she will be ok and heal quicker than you know.

  • Lillian says:

    Im glad she is recovering smoothly. My son had the same surgery at 5 days old and I was breastfeeding, so you can imagine how I felt when he couldn't eat after midnight. He is now a hyper 7 yr old.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks guys. it's so hard to see her like this. Can't wait for her to start misbehaving again πŸ™‚

  • Jolie says:


    That baby's gonna be just fine. I know, motherhood is one of the hardest jobs on earth! It's not fun to see your baby in the hands of someone else, I know, I've been there…..We will always worry about our children until the day we die……..Get better Boogie!

  • Devonee says:

    I'm glad that she's resting comfortably. My son was born with an umbilical hernia too. He had surgery at 15 months. He's 16 now. I remember like it was yesterday. He stayed in the hosptial overnight. Within two days, he was up and getting into things again. I'm quite sure that she will be back to herself in no time. The doctor told me that at that age, recovery is very quick. God Bless….

  • Naturally Zee says:

    Aww, get better Boogie and you too Momma. Just know that you did what was best for her.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so glad that she is doing well and I hope for a speedy recovery for Boogs. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear about Baby G having to go through surgery. It is always harder on us as parents than the baby. My baby girl had this surgery last summer when she was 2, and although I doubt she remembers the process, she tells people that the doctor took her belly button. I pray that Gia will have a speedy recovery.

  • Kara J says:

    Prayers and thoughts are with your family. I love to read the stories about Boogie, gets me all excited on starting a family.

  • Anonymous says:

    Blessings and a speedy recovery to your beautiful little one. My son had an umbilical and two linguinal hernias corrected when he was 3 1/2 months old. Reading your story brought back many emotional memories.

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