Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


I'm not sure if all moms are like me but I love the smell of sweaty baby...let me rephrase that I love the smell of sweaty Livi. There is something about her little sweaty head that makes me smile. One of my most favorite times of the day is the early morning bottle. Usually James is gone so I get her and we lay in my bed and she drinks her bottle. We are both only half awake and I can smell her little sweaty head. This morning we had our usually routine but something was different. Her head doesnt' smell the same. Now it has a chemical smell to it. I guess as far as signs of chemo go that isn't too bad but I am mourning the loss of her sweaty baby smell. Just another reminder that things are not normal in our lives.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like baby bad breath. Don't know why...but I do!!! So, can totally sympathize with mourning the loss of sweaty head. Hopefully the chemo will help her return to normal and you will get your sweaty head smell back!!!
Love ya- Les

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,

Glad to hear that you are home from the hospital:-) Leah and I were back in Ohio for the week-end, Rachel Balog (the middle Balog sister) had her wedding on Saturday. Anyways, we were showing our two boyfriends old home videos and we came across one of the famous (or should I say infamous) Allen/Malito plays. It was hilarious!! It started out with video footage of a toy spaceship dangling from a string with Star Wars music in the background. Then my mom (who had a tu-tu on her head and was playing the evil queen) and your dad totally stole the show. Us kids were just kind of wandering around in the background. It was so funny - the boyfriends got a kick out of it! Well just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and hopefully this made you laugh;-) love you, Leslie Malito

1:52 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

i wanted you to know that i am thinking about you and praying for you as things continue to change (lack of normalacy (sp?) and the change of her sweaty head. i will pray for grace and the ability to grow with the changes. i love how you love all the little moments that you spend with alivia and how much they mean to you. love you-jamie

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That icky chemical smell is what God is using to help Alivia get better. When she's better, the Livi smell will be back.
Emily, give up on "normal." It only makes you feel bad. Plus there is no such thing as "normal!" Aunt Cheryl

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily,
Your Aunt Cheryl sounds like a wise woman - normal isn't all it's cracked up to be! And, yes, the chemo drugs will give her a different smell...shall we talk about the diaper contents here? No, let's not!
It is perfectly understandable for you to mourn the loss of your baby's smell. Try to think how wonderful it will be when it is back.
When I was sick from chemo, I could barely lift a finger. Then, when I was better, I remember cleaning my bathroom mirror and shouting, "I can do this! I can do this!" Who ever thought cleaning a bathroom mirror would evoke such emotion?!
My prayers are with you and your family every single day; multiple times a day.
I have more stickers for Livi and I'll be mailing them to you soon.
You are doing a wonderful job as a mom! Keep the faith! God is near!

Mary Ann K.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Livi's smell...chemical or not! Dad said maybe those are dying eosinophils! All in all it is better than teenage boys playing video games in a room smell. I am thankful she only smells bad and doesn't feel bad.
I agree with another "poster": who and what is normal anymore...whatever that day holds from the Lord. Love, MOM
P.S. Glad last night was so good and that this AM went okay on "your own".

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you guys. Just remember that when the treatment is done, her sweaty head smell will come back! he-he! Have a great day in the Lord!


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