Hello! I am Christine, of Mommy Matters. I am here today at Bunny
Burrow because Chana is a wonderful, generous person who helped
support the March of Dime's Walk America over at Barefoot Principessa,
and in doing so won my services here on her own fabulous site.
As I was perusing Chana's site recently I learned many things about
her, one of which is she loves the smell of babies. (I'm going to
assume here WHICH baby smell it is she loves, but I think it's a safe
one to make.) She and I have this, among other things, in common.
You know that cliché about the smell of a baby's head? It is so true.
I have a theory that the smell comes from their sweet, brand new soul
that you can only glimpse through the soft spot on their tiny heads.
The smell disappears when the fontanel "closes up". My son is now 20
months, and his soft spot is no more, and his sweet baby smell is also
gone. Now his head smells like… well, head. I work to recreate this
smell with a strict regiment of baths every other day and careful
hair-washing with Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo. It must be this
shampoo – no other will work.
This is due to that powerful smell-memory connection. You see, when
this precious boy was just hours old the hospital gave him his first
bath, and when they brought him back to my waiting arms, he had this
glorious, clean smell. I put my nose into that sweet baby fuzz atop
his head and breathed him in. His downy scalp was so soft and
fragrant, as if he smelled of heaven itself.
This brings us back to that smell-memory connection. There I was
holding my brand new baby boy, love gushing out of every inch of me
for this new little life. For me that new baby smell is associated not
just with this tiny person, but with that overwhelming feeling of
love. I'm sure that is true of every parent.
I love my son more every single day, but when I smell that shampoo, it
takes me back to that moment, and I fall in love all over again. It's
not quite the same as getting a small peek at his soul, but it will
have to do. (We won't talk about the other smells that come from him –
that's another post.)