Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the newborn acne saga ends here

No new pictures today. He looks about the same. Just some thoughts, instead. I'm probably a little crazy, but anyway here they are.

So, my peers have babies who have beautiful skin. I don't know a single other in-real-life baby (younger than 6 months old) who has even a little bit of redness. So my baby is red. Maybe it'll go away. Maybe it's eczema. Maybe it's yeast. Maybe the cause will never be known and he'll stay red indefinitely.

And? I'm okay with that. This is MY baby that God saw fit to bless me with. Benjamin is a smiley, happy baby. He doesn't have colic. He is (usually) easy to sooth. He's growing. I wouldn't think that his disposition would be so happy if the rash were bothersome to him.

He's already three months old. Three months! I don't know where the time went. Yes I do. It disappeared while I kept dwelling on his appearance instead of who he is. I don't want to let any more unnecessary time escape, time that I could instead spend watching him grow.

Sure, I'll mention it at his next doctor visit. And maybe he'll outgrow it. Maybe he won't. I'm not going to keep my life on "pause" any more. He and I are getting pictures made on Friday, a gift from Mom. Back when she and I were talking about it, I had the brief thought that his skin would be better come picture time. But I can't hit the "pause" button for life. He will only be three months old once, and then it's gone.

I don't want to miss the important things.


Elicia said...

Hey mama! I'm from TBW, and I also live in DFW. Anyway, my baby had the exact same looking rash. I thought it was baby acne, took her to the pedi, and it was caused by cradle cap (that I couldn't even see.) My dr told me to use dandruff shampoo on her. I didn't want to, but her rash got really bad, so I went ahead and used it. It cleared up in about a week, and then I used it every couple of days for the next month, and then her skin was fine after that. Just wanted to throw that out there! :)

Andrea said...

I knew there was something I forgot in my list... I've actually tried the dandruff shampoo too already. :) Thanks for the suggestion though.

Celeste Smith said...

I HAVE seen this before and it is on one of the most beautiful babies I know! My friend has 11 month twins and one of her girls almost constantly has a "rash" like this. she has seen a dermatologist and they said that it is not causing her pain and that the only thing she can do is wait for it to go away. I am not sure if it is the same thing your little guy has but I am sure of this. HE IS PERFECT! So you got get those pictures taken because you are both perfect and made in the image of your creator. I tend to get caught up in this thinking too...I will get my pictures taken with my girls when I have reached X amount of pounds or not today my hair looks awful. I have regretted not being in more pictures later on in Lilys life. So seize the opportunity and the moment that little guy is adorable!!! (((hugs to you)))

Nicole Marie said...

You are smart...and such a great mama! The only thing I would suggest is having the doctor do a simple swab for bacteria (staph infection), especially if it starts to spread or if his face starts to swell.