photos by Mily Cooper Photography I've thought about writing this post for awhile, and today…..seems to be the day. I know that a lot of people are VERY opposed to putting pictures of their children on the internet. And I totally understand why. I wanted to share a little bit about why we have chosen to have Lydia as a part of my blog. Before she was born, both my husband and I were very confident in our decision…..our daughter would not be a part of this blog. It was my project, and it seemed a little odd to plaster our baby all over the internet.
Not long after Lydia was born, something strange happened. A “bruise” appeared on her ear and temple. It turned black, then red, and then began to grow. Clearly, it wasn't a bruise. After visits to our local Children's Hospital, and about a bazillion specialists…..Lydia was diagnosed with an Infantile Hemangioma. This relatively common birth defect was very obvious (I mean, it was a BRIGHT red mark on her forehead and ear). For months, I watched people stare at her face in confusion. For months I fielded questions about what was “wrong with my daughter”. For months, I wanted to shield her from the judgement of adult eyes. Then, one day…..I just stopped. Because of the location of her birth defect, Lydia did receive medical treatment. There were concerns that as it continued to grow (which hemangiomas do for a period of time) that it would cause damage to her ear and potentially cause hearing loss. She was part of medical study and her treatment was extremely successful. In fact, her pictures will be presented this year at a number of medical conferences. So, we were among the lucky ones.
And that's when we started sharing Lydia's pictures on the blog. Why? Because I wanted to celebrate her beauty…..with or without an “imperfection”. I wanted to remember every stage of this process, and to allow others to see that it was going to be ok.
Now, Lydia is two years old…..and that whole period in her life is a distant memory. I sometimes chuckle when people tell us how adorable she is, and mention that she should be a model. It's amazing how quickly things change, isn't it? Those same people who felt uncomfortable with my daughter's appearance….now look at it as her strongest asset. Me? It's just about the least important thing about my child. Her tenacity? Her strong will? Her sunny disposition that charmed the doctors at all those appointments? Her hitting almost every developmental milestone early when there were concerns of cognitive delays? Those are the things I'm the most proud of. Yes, she's adorable….and I love having these pictures of us together. But even more so, I love celebrating how far she has come…..because it's been a true honor to witness such a miracle.
Side note, if you have a child with a hemangioma and would like more information about our medical treatment and how we made the decision to try it…..please email me!
So, I'm not the only mom who loves to share her little one…….these mama and daughters? They have stories all their own too. And I love reading theirs on their blogs each day. Every month we team up for our Mama / Daughter Style Series to celebrate the joy of motherhood in cute clothes and pretty pictures. This month we are sharing four ways to style a basic that every mom should own……a striped tee. Check out their outfits for more style (and mommy) inspiration!Check out: