You only have to read the parenting or baby magazines and catalogues; scroll through the many parenting blogs, or simply search google images to find beautiful babies lined up neatly, without fuss, looking 'picture perfect'.
As a parent we all want our children to be beautiful and to have that picture perfect face. We all imagine they will be the blemish-free, cheerfully chubby bundle of gorgeousness that we all just want to munch. Every parent I have spoken to has worried at some time or other that their child might grow up to get bullied or not be good at something - even though they're babies! And we were no exception...
Baby Jake was born with what the midwife called 'strawberry marks' or 'port wine stains' and they are all on his face. They have even said that it is possible they are actually birth marks. They assured us that these marks will fade over time, but that they *may* not go entirely. This means that Jake's little baby face doesn't have that blemish-free purity that so many babies appear to have. Not to mention the infantile eczema he suffered from a month ago (this seems to have cleared using his new cream).
His daddy and I have already discussed our concerns that he will grow up and be bullied for them, as they are directly over his eyes, above his nose and on his top lip. They are a burgundy colour and are more prominent when he is upset, and we have even noticed that they seem to flare up when his teething days are bad.
To us, as his mum and dad, these marks take nothing away from how gorgeous he is. We love him. We adore him. To us he is beautiful - especially when he smiles, laughs and coos at us. HEART MELTING! But we do worry that other people think he looks ugly, or that when he's older kids will target him because of them.
Do you think this is a silly reaction? Are we wrong to worry about these things? Does anyone else have the same kind of worries about their child and their future?
Or perhaps, it is a symptom of the image obsessed culture we live in today, where everything and everyone is photo-shopped beyond recognition?