Tonight, I smell like you and it’s the most glorious smell in the world


And if I could bottle it up and take a hit of it every day, I would.

I knew. I saw you after your nap and I could tell. You weren’t feeling well. 

The eyes give it away every time.

Tonight, I smell like you

I picked you up. You were warm. You were extra snuggly and didn’t want to be put down.

You have a fever and you are sort of puny.

Bedtime means, nursing, maybe a story, a song, some rocking and bed.

I turned the lamp off, gave you your blanket (I call him “bunny bunny”), and snuggled you in for a song. 

You were out before I could find my key.

Tonight, I smell like you


You haven’t fallen asleep on me at bedtime in months. I just sat and smelled you and held you. I breathed you in. Mommy and her baby, just us for three hours.

I did play on my phone for a little bit.

I’ve tried to tell daddy you each have a smell. I would know it immediately. It’s a little sweet, a little sour and all you. It’s a smell I never want to forget.

After holding you close and giving you what you need, I smell like you. I don’t want that smell to go away.

You’ll understand one day why I was sniffing my shirt later that night after laying you down. It’s okay if you don’t get it now.

The smell of you. I know you. I will know it forever, and yet, forget it too quickly.


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  1. Awe, sweet sweet sweeet baby B snuggles. I hope she is feeling better today, but very glad you got some extra snuggly time with her. I do agree she smells DEVINE!

    1. Still warm and cuddly today, but not showing any other symptoms.

  2. I totally get it. I can smell Red on other people when they hold him, and I am SO like a mother bird in that I can smell other people on him afterwards, and I want to wash him immediately and make him smell like himself. Is that weird? It’s probably weird. Either way, every little baby has a different smell…. I get it. 🙂

    1. I can always smell my mom and MIL on my girls. Them over anybody else and it drives me nuts, too. But, I don’t think I’ve ever washed them to get rid of it:)

  3. I remember the days of holding my babies for hours, I miss it sometimes. every once in a while one of my teens will need a snuggle to help them feel better, I feel bad when they feel bad but I do love the snuggle time it brings.

    1. When my older girls need a snuggle, I feel the struggle, too. Sad that they are feeling bad, but a little happy that they need me still!

  4. This is such a sweet post. Can’t stand when my kids are sick but even now when they are teenagers I enjoy the moments when they want to snuggle. Which is usually when they are sick like my daughter was this past weekend. Hope your baby girl is feeling much better.

    1. It’s definitely bittersweet, right?

      I *think* she’s finally turned a leaf and her fever has dropped. Her eyes still say she’s sick, but hopefully, she’s on the upswing!

  5. How sweet! I find myself unable to put the kids down at times or grabbing an extra snuggle just to smell their hair and kiss their sweet cheeks!

    1. Oh, I totally steal extra hugs and kisses when I can. But I don’t remember the last time I got several hours!

    1. I think she’s finally on the upswing tonight. Of course, after we went to the doctor today. Grr.

  6. Little B does smell wonderful. Lucky you to get some snuggles. She’s so darn petite and cute.

    1. Just waiting to see if I get yelled at at her appointment.

  7. This was so sweet to read. I snuggle with my little one EVERY single night and I’m dreading the day it stops. I just love every moment because I’m too aware they grow up so fast.
    I hope she feels better soon!!

    1. I do get a little snuggle in every night, but nothing like this. Usually, they want to just lay right down:(

      1. Oh, I know. I didn’t mean to suggest you don’t snuggle, I can tell you are a mama that holds and snuggles your littles every change you get.
        Right now my little girl loves to snuggle, but I know it won’t last. Soon she will be at the ‘put me down’ stage just like her brother. Sigh. 🙂

        Hope she is feeling better!!

        1. The put me down stage is the saddest!

          She’s feeling better with this part, but now she has two teeth that are just right there. I hope they come through soon!

  8. Paula Caudill says:

    So sweet! My youngest daughter is 11 now, and she always liked sleeping on my pillow, up until around the age of 8 . She could tell you which pillow was mine, she’d say….it smells like mom, with a big smile. I asked her one day, how do you know that’s mommy’s pillow, and she said, cause it smells like marshmallows. lol. – So you may not know it but, they love their mommy’s smells too. 🙂

    1. Oh, that is just the sweetest! I wonder if I smell like marshmallows, too? My girls tell me they know grandma’s smell, but it’s her fabric softener!

      1. Paula Caudill says:

        I’m sure, that you (mommy) have a sweet smell too 🙂

  9. How fast the phase goes by.
    I remember rocking and cuddling. Now we’re into the jumping and karate phase of 4 year old boys.
    And there are days he doesn’t smell too good 🙁

  10. Those are the moments that as moms we shouldn’t be happy about our babies being sick but it’s the only time we get snuggles. And I love them!

  11. My kids have their own smell too. I always sniff their heads. I love it! 🙂

  12. oh how i miss that smell….

    it might be part of the reason i can’t quit the dreft 🙂

  13. What a sweet post! I know what you mean.. I wish I could bottle up Broxton’s baby smell… It was totally HIM… Now, he is a crazy and wild little boy and that baby smell is LONG gone….

  14. Aw, I totally know that smell! That specific baby smell of my kid is such a wonderful smell. As my kid gets older the smell changes a bit, but he still smells like a baby when he’s snuggly and sick. I’m with you, I wish I could bottle it!

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