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!