Friday, May 10, 2013

FAQ: "What's that on Your Daughter's Face"?

I don't know that a LOT of people have noticed, but I get asked this question quite a bit.

When I post photos of Baby Goats, it always crosses my mind that someone's going to ask..

"What's that on your daughter's face?"

It's a hemangioma. We call it her "spot", and I love it.

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about what a hemangioma is (you can Wikipedia that if you really wanna know), but in short, it's a growth that usually happens in young children that fades during their early years.

When she was younger, her "spot" was really dark and shiny. It was raised a little, too, so she just had a big, red bump on her face.

People would usually say something along the lines of, "Oh, ow, she really scratched herself" and young children seemed really concerned about her "owie".

As she's gotten older, it's faded slowly but surely.

There have been times that I've tried to get rid of it prematurely (thanks to the power of Photoshop).

But then she just doesn't look like her.

As it fades, I realize more and more how I love her spot and, shall I say? I'm probably going to miss it!

I make sure that I kiss it, along with her nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. It's a part of her, just like her big, brown eyes!

And don't worry. It doesn't hurt!


  1. So cute! My daughter has a cavernous hemangioma - slowly but surely it's changing and fading. It helps me tell her and her (identical) twin sister apart!