It's hard for most parents to resist posting cute photos of their kid to Facebook and Insta. But a mom blogger named Katie Crenshaw is sharing shots of her 6-month-old Charlie for a whole different reason. Charlie was born with a capillary hemangioma, a kind of birthmark referred to as a "strawberry." According to her recent blog post, people have no shame going up to Crenshaw and asking, "What's wrong with her face?"
Charlie has been to specialists who say the mark is cosmetic and have prescribed medication that prevents it from getting bigger or obstructing Charlie's vision. "Most hemangiomas involute or disappear eventually," Crenshaw explained.
Meanwhile, her family and friends and even complete strangers continue to ask about Charlie's appearance. "We don't need to talk about it every time you look at her," she wrote. "We see past the color of her face. Charlie is Charlie, and it's part of who she is. It doesn't need to be constantly commented on, critiqued, or questioned. ... Hold the pity. She's a healthy baby girl, and we are blessed. Her hemangioma is just as insignificant to who she is as a freckle on her arm. You don't need to mention it, and you don't need to wish it away."
By posting photos of Charlie to Instagram, Crenshaw told Huffington Post she hopes to "normalize 'differences' in appearances. People tend to immediately pity people who look different and I would like to change that conversation."
Here are several other beautiful photos she's shared so far:
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