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Leelee Sobieski: Baby Smell Is 'Really Something Special'

02/11/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
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Since the birth of her daughter Louisanna Ray eight weeks ago, actress Leelee Sobieski is sleeping in three-hour spurts, “taking a break” from acting — and loving every minute of it.

“You know the baby smell?” she asked Celebrity Baby Blog at the Cinema Society premiere of HBO’s How to Make it in America in New York.

“It’s just really something special. I never knew about it before. Their necks smell so good!”

For the Public Enemies star, 27, the most surprising thing about motherhood is motherhood itself.

“I just can’t believe I’m a mom,” she says. “It’s weird! You look at your own mom differently. I realized, ‘You changed all my diapers? You did that?’ You really appreciate your mom.”

Louisanna is Leelee’s daughter with fashion designer fiancé Adam Kimmel.

– Suzanne Zuckerman

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sarah on

That’s so sweet!

Siobhan on

Wow, I somehow completely forgot she had the kid! (or missed the announcement in the first place?)

And I probably read the name 3 times, before I noticed it’s not Louisianna. Bet that’ll happen all the time.

Allison on

does anyone know how to pronounce that name, Louisanna?

Is it like Louisiana or Lewis-anna, or louey-anna, or Lous-anna?

olivia on

i believe it is pronounced louise anna. Micheal bubles fiance has that name and that is how he pronounces it

Mandy on

Louis= Lewis

I think.

So I wanna say its Lewis-anna

jaQ on

aw, i know it… my new son is 11 days old. he’s my third, and all through my pregnancy, i treated it as my last– but, just a few days after his birth, i picked him up to kiss and cuddle him, and i smelled him– i knew i couldn’t say i’m for sure done. it’s a lovely thing– definitely “something special”.
congrats again to leelee!

Melanie on

Taking a break from acting? Hasn’t she been taking a break from acting since, like, 2001? I seriously haven’t seen her in anything since then.

CelebGirl on

I hope we see a pic of the baby soon!

Janna on

What a weird thing to say, Melanie. Because you personally haven’t seen her in anything, she hasn’t acted since 2001? Weird, rude AND untrue.

Emily on

Melanie Public enemies, which they mention in the article. Was out last year…with johnny Depp! I figured the name was is pronounced Louey-anna. Someone said when the birth announcement came out they have the name and a few others had friends who pronounced it that way.

SportsFrog13 on

Melanie, she’s worked on quite a few movies. Most of it may have been independent but she has been working.

crg on

I read it as Louisianna until I read these comments. Hmmmm. Not a name I’d go with, but whatever!

Molly on

Louisanna? Well, that kid’s going to be called Louisiana by every teacher or new acquaintance she encounters in her life.

Sas on

Congrats to leelee! I love what she saidabout her own mom.

Maya on

I agree with Janna. Melanie’s comment was a little rude. I take it she’s a teenager as she put like in uneccessarily. Now that is annoying.

Jen on

I’m almost 25 and say “like” and “seriously” all the time. Am I a ditz? No. Am I in high school? No. I work in the legal profession, but how I speak to friends and family and in online postings is completely different.
People on these boards nitpick every little thing to death!


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