Kids Ask Teacher Back From Maternity Leave Adorable Questions in Funny Clip

A video has gone viral on TikTok after a new mom shared how her class of students welcomed her back after maternity leave.

TikToker, whose full name is Nancy Bullard, is a science teacher in North Carolina and uses her platform to share science-based educational videos with her followers.

In a recent video, Bullard, who has recently returned from maternity leave, shared the slew of questions her students had for her upon returning from leave about pregnancy and her new baby boy.

The video, posted late last month, has been viewed over 9 million times.

In the video, Bullard showed her students a presentation where the first slide included images of her pregnant.

"The last time that you saw me, I looked like this, remember?" she said showing the images.

"You were pregnant?!" a little voice is heard responding in the background.

"Yes, I was very, very pregnant," Bullard responded.

Throughout the video students proceed to share their musings about her pregnancy, maternity leave and her new son.

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A video has gone viral on TikTok after a teacher shared a presentation with her class after returning from maternity leave. Here, a stock image shows students listening to their teacher. monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

According to Zippia the average maternity leave in the U.S. is 10 weeks, paid or unpaid, and just 40 percent of employers offer paid maternity leave in some form.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to be used in instances such as the birth of a child. FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, Bullard said she started her TikTok account after COVID-19 closed down schools in March 2020.

"It is hard to do hands-on science through a computer screen, so I started 'Mrs. B TV' on TikTok and Instagram to give students and parents easy at-home science experiments to do during lockdown," she said.

Bullard said part of the reason she loves her job is because of how "hilarious" and "unpredictable" children can be and their responses to her slideshow, as shown in the viral video, fell in line with just that.

"You never know what will come out of their mouths or what is going on inside their heads," she said. "I could tell by their responses that some students help care for younger siblings at home while others have no idea what babies actually need."

As the video progresses, Bullard showed a picture of her new baby boy to the sound of her students' "awww."

"This is what I've been doing for the past three months," Bullard said.

She then opened up the floor for questions from her class.

"Did baby Sam ever cry before?" one child asked.

"Are you trying to teach him how to walk?" asked another.

"Can he eat food?" another asked.

Bullard responded by asking her students to finish her sentence.

"Milk," they said, though one voice is heard saying "applesauce."

"When he goes to sleep do you have to sleep with him or does he sleep with his dad?" another child asked later in the video.

Bullard explained that her son sleeps in a crib "all by himself," and asked for a round of applause for the accomplishment.

"That baby is not afraid," one student said.

"I had to sleep with my mom until I was 1 year old," another student admitted.

At the end of the video one student asked where babies come from.

"Ummm...they come from an organ called your uterus," she responded.

The video has received over 10,000 comments from people both loving the interaction between students and teacher as well as expressing their disappointment at how short the new mom's maternity leave was.

"[Three] months! You should still be on maternity leave," one commenter wrote.

"Some of my colleagues only got 6 weeks so I feel lucky! Maybe one day we will have longer paid family leave in the States!" Bullard responded.

"This is just amazing. This is literally the best thing I have seen on this app all day," wrote another.

Some commenters got a kick out of Bullard's response to where babies come from.

"You didn't miss a beat on the 'where do babies come from' question," one commenter wrote. "I love the factual, honest answer!"

"Normalize answering the 'where do babies come from?' question with 'from an organ called uterus,'" another wrote.

Bullard said she told her students about her pregnancy at the beginning of the year to warn them she'd be leaving and reassure them she'd be coming back.

"I promised them I'd come back before the end of the year and would show them pictures of my baby when I returned," she said. "Their reactions did not disappoint. While most of my content serves an educational purpose, I wanted to share this particular video because I had a feeling it would make people smile."