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Saturday, April 14, 2012

newborn skin tags

my baby grant was born with 5 skin tags on his face/ears. 

they are quite large, but from what we know, are not harmful in any way. 

i honestly don't notice them much anymore on a day to day basis....until someone mentions them.

like when a stranger comes up to admire my newborn baby...they are all smiles until their eyes fixate on the tags. sometimes i fumble out a few explanatory sentences about them, sometimes i say nothing, leaving an awkward silence in the air.

or when a curious toddler wanders up and touches them, asking what they are. 

those instances really don't bother me much....but i hate that instead of seeing his cute dimple in his chin or the rolls that lie beneath, people just see the tags.

i hope anyone reading this does not think i'm a ashamed or just concerned with his outward appearance -i KNOW it just a vanity thing...but its a vanity thing on MY son, and sometimes its hard. 

anytime i take pictures of grant, i do become aware of them-i post a lot of pictures on facebook because a great deal of our families live in Texas (mine) and Ohio (Kanes) and FB is one of the few ways they can stay connected with us...but that also means that the other people who occupy your friends list on FB see them...you know, the people you know, but don't really know? that kid that was in your 9th grade English class? or some random sibling of a long lost friend? yeah, those folks. they see pictures of my baby, in all of his vulnerability. and i become defensive. sometimes i take pictures of my sweet boy while casually concealing the tags. laying him on his side, cropping, raising his shirt or bib up a bit to hide what he was born with. 

i know, i know. i sound really bad right now.

i'm crazy, right? 

it makes no sense, yet at the exact same time, it makes perfect sense. 

in a few months time, they will be removed, and this will all be a thing of a past. but until then, it is something i am dealing with..."i" because grant has no idea (obviously), they don't bother kane in the least (pssh..men), and the boys think they are "cool."


just wanted lay that out here.

PS-i've googled "newborn skin tags" hundreds of times in the 7 weeks Grant has been born...if anyone out there happens to stumble across this post who is dealing with the same thing, feel free to shoot me an email...google images is a scary thing!: mtrochelman@gmail.com


You can view a more recent update about Grant's skin tags by clicking here!


  1. I honestly didn't notice the tags until you mentioned them. Your son is darling!

  2. oh Maria........You are seriously a WONDERFUL mother and I am so proud of you and Kane for overcoming so much in your young lives! God is good:) Your precious boys, especially Grant, are beautiful and no added skin can take that away. Our society can be so disgraceful and hurtful for any amount of silly reasons. I can't wait till we all get to heaven and all we see is the best of everyone and of course our Jesus!!
    Kelly L.

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  9. Hi, I totally understand your feeling! My girl is 4mo and she has two on her ear. I used to be like you seriuosly, google baby skin tags since day one, consult docs several times etc. And now, I sont care of others, im happy as long as my baby is healthy. All the best Mama!

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