Oh, the miracle of birth. Words cannot express the pride, excitement, and joy of first gazing upon that which you have created with your own blood, sweat and tears: a beautiful, warm, perfect pile of clean laundry.
Unless you're Bunmi Laditan. This new mom found the words. Many, many words, which she posted on Facebook today along with a photo of her adorable newborn basket of laundry. The post has already been shared over 11 thousand times, because so many of us can relate to this consummate experience of creating life.
"This new basket of laundry was born after a long but rewarding labor," wrote Laditan, who also has several non-laundry offspring. "While it initially took on a slight odor that my oldest daughter called 'marsh swamp' due to sitting in the washer for longer than it should have, a quick rewash with overpriced oxygen powder (whatever that even is) proved sufficient. I'd by lying if I said it smelled 100% fresh, but I love all my children, even the funky ones."
Here is her tribute to the new member of her family in full:
I am very proud and excited to announce a new addition to my family: this pink basket of clothes from the dryer. As many of you know, I practice attachment laundering. I believe every pile of laundry deserves a prominent place in the household whether that be a couch or a dining room table so it can feel loved and grow strong. Dressers and closets are for secrets, not my laundry children.
This new basket of laundry was born after a long but rewarding labor. While it initially took on a slight odor that my oldest daughter called "marsh swamp" due to sitting in the washer for longer than it should have, a quick rewash with overpriced oxygen powder (whatever that even is) proved sufficient. I'd by lying if I said it smelled 100% fresh, but I love all my children, even the funky ones.
The end of labor was the hardest. My new laundry spent a few days in the dryer before being ready to join the family but we visited often and couldn't be happier to have it home now.
As you can see, there is a laundry sibling behind this one in the photo. I'm confident that these two will be the best of friends and feel no rivalry whatsoever.
My human children have already begun picking through their new laundry step-sibling for underwear and I can honestly say my heart is full. I am grateful and blessed beyond my wildest dreams.
Please feel free to come by to say hello to my new baby. It's sensitive, so no extended holding or smelling will be allowed. You have germs. Bringing a casserole and/or any bottom shelf rum would also be appreciated as I'm still healing from labor and am too tired to cook. I'll also take cash if that would be easier.
If you bring a gift for the laundry, please remember to bring something small for the laundry sibling (a dryer sheet, spritz of febreeze).
Ok, I'm going to take a much-needed rest. I'll be posting side by side pre-baby and flawless post-baby photos of my abdomen shortly, not to hurt you, but yes to hurt you.
I love you, new laundry. I'm looking forward to seeing you in my living room forever. Love, your Mommy
Mazel! Enjoy these moments. They grow smelly so fast.