The girls have been alive for a good 17 months, and after a couple reader questions, I realized that I should probably address Paisley’s Hemangioma.
It’s a birthmark. When she was born, it started out as a bright red, flat, mole-type thing. The nurses at the hospital acted like it was no big deal. But when we got home and it continued to grow, I was a little alarmed. It’s very 3-dimensional. Like the top of a mushroom.
The Dr assured me this is what’s supposed to happen… and that eventually after a couple years, it will shrink back to be level with the skin and turn back to skin color and disappear completely.
I had never heard of a Hemangioma before, but I was surprised by how many people see it and say ‘oh! She has a Hemangioma! I used to have one!’ But of those people, some say it left a scar, some still had the birthmark in it’s truest form, and some said it did indeed go away completely.
It doesn’t bother me. I’m just glad it’s not on her face. Mostly I’m worried that she’ll pick at it or it will get caught on something and it’ll break open. (She had one break open when she was itty-bitty… NOT FUN!)
It’s cute when other kids notice it or try to grab it… cause it kinda looks like a glob of strawberry jelly. We just tell them ‘it’s Paisley’s owwie’ so that they will leave it alone.
I’ve been known to erase it in photos from time to time. Not because I’m embarrassed of it… I just like to practice my photoshopping skillz and see if I can make it go away! I’ve stopped doing that, because I want her to be proud of it and not feel ashamed or feel like she’s different in a bad way.
When the girls were tiny, friends and family appreciated that it was there so they could use it to distinguish the babes from each other. Now they don’t have a problem with that… with them looking TOTALLY different these days.
And that’s the rundown on Paisley’s Hemangioma! We think she’s perfect in every way, and wouldn’t change a darn thing!