As I sit here to write about a product that I truly love, I am flooded with emotion! The swell of emotion that only a new mother gets…the kind that starts deep in your heart and quickly morphs into an ugly cry with big salty tears.
It has been exactly two weeks since our second daughter, Lulu, was born. And like most families, the first couple weeks tend to be very trying times. Not sure if the “emotional swells” are actually all that emotional or if the sleep deprivation is just winning. The adrenaline has worn off and the real exhaustion is officially here.
But man, she is incredible! She looks like a mini version of Ryan, but with big gorgeous dimples deeply planted on both cheeks. She is the sweetest, most chill baby. She is great at nursing and is just happy to be held. I couldn’t have asked for a better baby.
I will be honest though, I had my reservations about having another baby. Our first one, Ryan, is my soulmate. Pure and simple. And I had genuine fears of having a second child. Is the love the same? Will I feel the same connection I did with Ryan right away?
The answer is, no.
The truth is…it didn’t feel the same. It was an amazing experience all on it’s own and one that belongs to just me and Lulu. Just as I had hoped, my heart expanded at a rapid rate! I could not be more in love with that child! The first couple seconds are confusing. Who was this baby? It wasn’t the baby I have been mothering for the last three years and it was a bit jarring. Then all the goodness took over. The skin to skin, the natural “animal like” oxytocin…the magical bond. It really is a beautiful thing.
As we finally settled into our room in the hospital, I couldn’t wait to swap out the random hospital swaddles and blankets for something that smelled familiar. Something that smelled like our home, our family and her big sister. Dreft baby detergent is a major part of that feeling.
We have used Dreft detergent since Ryan was a newborn and it truly is the scent of babyhood. I catch the scent of Dreft in the air as I open up a swaddle, or I bundle up one of my girls in their pj’s and I just melt.
They say that your sense of smell is most closely linked with memory, probably more so than any other sense. So it’s no wonder that families (mine included!) have chosen Dreft as their detergent of choice for more than 80 years. And a recent Dreft survey found that: 8 out of 10 parents feel that using Dreft can make them feel more bonded with their baby.
It’s also gentle on baby’s skin, hypoallergenic and the #1 pediatrician recommended baby detergent. In fact, 94% of parents agree that Dreft is an essential baby-care item!
Falling head over heels in love with my precious new baby girl will be kept safely in my memory for the rest of my life. I wanted time to stand still. I wanted to savor every moment of “alone time” with her. But as every mother knows, it’s hard to be away from your first baby for the couple of days. I found myself sitting in the sterile hospital, counting down the minutes until we could get home. It was comforting to know that I could smell her little blanket and instantly feel connected to Ryan. I wondered if Lulu would feel connected to her too? Would she recognize the sweet smell of home?
I like to think she did.