Friday, May 9, 2008

Moms, how does a baby smell?

I was reading the book 'Perfume' by Patrick Süskind and was struck by the following words when the priest was asking a wet nurse to describe the smell of a baby and she said:

'It's not that easy to say... because they dont smell the same all over, although they smell good all over. Their feet for instance, they smell like a smooth warm stone - , or no more like curds.. or like butter, fresh butter. And their bodies smell like a pancake that's been soaked into milk.
And their heads up on top, at the back of the head, where the hair makes a cowlick , there right there is best smell of all. It smells like caramel, it smells so sweet, so wonderful. Once you've smelled them there, you love them whether they're your own or somebody else's.`


Reading these lines made me go back to those years; in 2001 and in 2004; when I saw my babies for the first time. And although it was my husband who got to hold them first, I would never trade the memory of those precious few minutes. (I love that the husbands are now allowed to join expecting moms during birth.) Of my teary-eyed husband carrying the small bundle in his arms and having the honor of cutting the umbilical cord.

And until now, I could not believe that these girls came from the unity between my husband and me; and that I carried them for months inside me. I am proud of our shared miracles.

And yes, I could smell my babies; even until now. It was their smell that made me fall in love with them, again and again. I dont know if I would agree with the description of the smell though, might be that the wet nurse love the smell of caramel :D

All I know is that I love to smell them. I love their baby smell. And how would I describe their baby smell? They smell of milk; sometimes a bit sour sometimes so sweet and most of the time milky love; D but the milky smell always remain. I might have associated that milky smell with them because I breasfed them for a long time, IC for almost three years and MC for 18 months.
What about you, moms, how does your baby smell to you?

And yes, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

17 comments:

Belen said...

Happy Mother's Day!



just dropping by

Heart of Rachel said...

I love the smell of babies too. There's something about the sweet scent of a baby.

Happy Mother's Day Raq! Wishing you a special day ahead.

chateau a.k.a. imom said...

Hi Raquel! Happy Mother's Day!

I love the smell of babies too. Now that I read it in your blog, they do smell like caramel, esp at the back of their heads! My babies will always smell good to me, even if big na sila, and even if maasim-asim pa, hehe.

Sexy Mom said...

babies smell all things nice and beautiful...ahhh...baby's breath.

happy mother's day, Raq!

Annamanila said...

The smell of a baby is the sweetest God ever made.

Yes, a baby smells good all over. But I love best smelling Apo Andeng's breath when she's asleep.

raqgold said...

hi moms, thanks a lot for dropping by and i wish you all a happy mommy sunday :D let's continue smelling babies...hmmm

bang said...

Hi Raq! Happy mother's Day!

I love the sweet smell of my baby, and the smell of his breath...so sweet.

BTW, I have an own domain since Nov 2007 pa, http://sweetbitesbybang.com.

Take Care!

joanne said...

Hi Raqgold,
I left a comment yesterday but it must not have gone through...

I just wanted to wish you a happy Mother's Day!

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

happy mother´s day to you raq,

saan kayo this day?

kami dito lang sa bahay with full or surprises....lol

bitaw, nagpunta lang ki Oma, tapos balik bahay...

kami lang ni bernie after....as usual, sascha with his dear na
at kim with friends, nagswimming.....

happy mom´s day....

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

oo nga, babies are very mabango,
tayo din, kahit na maligo or what, mabango din tayo....milk...

really, ang bango ng mga babies, kahit paano.

thanks for your sharing your post....

hindi kami matuloy bukas sa uncle ni bernie, naospital siya, kaya hindi kami pupunta sa kanila bukas.

ewan saan kami bukas, biking lang daw kami.

haze said...

A warm greeting from a Mom too :D! Hope you enjoyed the whole Mother's day ;)!

Lynn said...

Hello Raq! Happy Mother's Day! I love the smell of babies. Ang bango ng hininga, smells like milk to me. Fresh milk with some vanilla. Haha.

Anyway, Perfume is one of my all time favorite books. Weird story which is the way I like it sometimes. I haven't watched the movie when it was shown here but I'm raring to have a DVD copy of it. And while I'm at it, my other blog is The Mommy Zone. Hope to see you there too. :D

megamomph said...

each of my kids has a unique smell, pero lahat mabango sa akin!
Happy mom's day, Keng!

rowena said...

Hi Raquel, Happy Mother's Day. Hope you've enjoyed this special day with your lovely family.

raqgold said...

bang - i've updated na your link. thanks for letting me know.

joanne - thanks, i'm having difficulties for the past days with comments in other blogspot blogs, too. i dont know why :(

vk - ayan, i just posted what we did last mother's day :D

haze - i felt the warmth. thanks!

lynn - i plan to watch the movie when am finished with the book. as if i would have the time, hahaha. and yes, will check out your other blog, too

megamom - salamat! mabango talaga ang mga kids kahit na amoy araw, hahaha

rowena - thanks, we enjoyed the day! hope you did, too.

lilay said...

i took care of my younger bro since he was 1month old, i really love baby's scent. i hope we will be blessed also for such a bundle of joy *sigh*, kahit isa lang...

raqgold said...

lilay - good luck; am sure everything would turn out good for you. will pray for you, too. hugs!