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!