New motherhood makes you do weird things sometimes. Like taking 100 photos of your baby sleeping. Or making up songs about changing diapers. Or naming the kid after a state you’ve never visited.
Or, as in Hilary Duff‘s case, keeping a souvenir of your child that goes waaay beyond bronzed baby booties.
As she explained to People yesterday, “You know what was a big milestone? The belly button falling off. That was a huge one. And then I wanted to keep it but my husband [Mike Comrie] was like, ‘No, that’s gross, you can’t keep it!’ I’m like, ‘I’m totally keeping it,’ and I secretly kept it.”
Yep, you read that right. She took little Luca Cruz‘s dried-up umbilical cord stump and saved it in a plastic bag.“Luca’s going to think I’m a freak!” the new mom laughed.
He’s not the only one. Since the story was posted online, the gossip sites and bloggers have pounced on this tidbit like a kitten on a ball of yarn. Unfortunately, her revelation made more news than the actual point of the story: her new job as the spokesperson for Johnson’s Baby Cares, an initiative that pairs the company with Save the Children to give baby supplies and funding to help families affected by disaster.
Never mind that thousands of moms will get a safe place to stay and essentials like diapers while they and their children recover and rebuild after floods and tornadoes. It’s much more interesting to chuckle over an actress who hangs onto her baby’s scab.
But really, how much odder is she than mothers who hold on to outgrown stained onesies and baby teeth? (I still have one of my 6-year-old’s incisors on the dresser.) We’re a sentimental bunch, and since our foggy Mommy Brains have trouble remembering little details like whether we put the milk back in the fridge, we keep souvenirs just in case we lose our memories of the big moments.
Besides, sentiment only goes so far. Just wait – when Luca enters high school, Hilary will come across the bag with his ossified umbilicus, say, “What the heck did I keep this for?!” and toss it in the wastebasket.
And it could be worse. She could have asked for a memento of his bris.
[Photo: via Twitter]
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