Nobody's perfect

Thirteen months ago, I developed pretty thick skin listening to the way doctors were describing Antonio's "dysmorphic" features. Included in the various reports and hospital discharge summaries were terms like:

  • frontal bossing (prominent, protruding forehead)
  • slightly low-set, posteriorly rotated ears
  • upslanted palperbral fissures (opening of the eyes that turn upwards, similar to that of children with down syndrome)
  • micrognathia (abnormal smallness of the jaw)
  • slightly angulated thumbs (broad thumbs)
  • cutis marmorata (a skin condition that looks like a pinkish-blue mottled or marbled appearance)
  • alopecia (partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows)
  • seborrheic dermatitis (a skin condition causing red, scaly patches)
  • clinodactyly on left fourth toe (abnormally bent or curved digit)
  • eye deviation & strabismus (abnormal alignment of the eyes)

It all sounds a bit cringe-worthy and unflattering, right?

Yet if you see him as I do from the lens of a loving parent's eye, his appearance is - and has always been - nothing short of beautiful.

I mean just look at the way those eyes are smiling back at us. He is truly my cutie!