That “New Baby” Smell

It is a strange phenomena clearly left over from our primitive past but newborn babies emit an aroma from their scalp which has a powerful hypnotic effect on the mother. This is the New Baby Smell. Moms can pick their babies out of a line up blindfolded by scent alone. It is almost like a drug and goes right to the pleasure areas of a woman’s brain. Scientists theorize that its purpose is to provide pleasure to the mother during a time period when the baby doesn’t do much but sleep, nurse and soil their diaper. Later the baby coos and smiles and these are also powerful bonding behaviors.

Nuni holds her surviving twin, Mohammed, at a maternity home in Zanzibar, Tanzania. When Nuni arrived at the hospital she was already in labour and had to give birth outside. Her first baby died but then she realized she was pregnant with twins, and the doctors were able to deliver Mohammed safely. Nuni is using ‘kangaroo care’, an intervention where mothers without access to incubators hold newborns constantly against their skin to keep them warm. © UNICEF/UNI161864/Holt

August 3rd, 2015

It’s been about a week since I posted anything so here’s a quick update and then I’ll post some pictures:

Today Kaiden is 2 weeks and 3 days old. He FINALLY got to come home with us last week and has been home for exactly one week today. He’s still tiny and perfect and healthy and I am very thankful and lucky that he’s doing so well. 


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organic crib quilt // mountain triangles + southwestern print by goodwinscustomcrafts

i would totally design a new babe’s nursery around this radical southwest-inspired crib quilt. the bold oranges and golds and teals pair well with the geographic black-and-white mountain triangles on the reverse side.

Tiny Angel

Character(s): Castiel

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Word Count: 650


           To Castiel, fear is nothing new. He’s felt it quite a lot over the course of his epic lifespan, and he usually knows how to handle it. Terror, however, isn’t something with which he’s all too familiar. He’s only felt terror twice before. The first time was when he almost lost you, and the second time was the day you gave birth to his son.

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