When Payne meets someone for the first time the typical conversation is, "Payne meet _____." They say hi back and then"What happen to his arm?"
I have gotten all sorts of things from, "Did he burn himself?", "Is that a bruise?" or my favorite is when little kids ask, "Does he have a booboo?"
At first I was kind of offended by these questions for some reason, but now I just answer it is a birth mark. Really it is much more than a birth mark, but saying " birth mark" gets WAY less questions (and funny looks).
But, now I am going to answer what it really is for you!
And now because you are wondering if you have ever noticed it and I know you are wanting a picture, so here.
It is a hemangioma.
A hemangioma is an abnormal buildup of blood vessels in the skin. About 30% of hemangiomas are present at birth. The rest appear in the first several months of life. Most hemangiomas are on the face and neck. Superficial or "strawberry" hemangiomas often are not treated. When they are allowed to disappear on their own, the result is usually normal-appearing skin. In some cases, a laser may be used to remove the small vessels. Small, superficial hemangiomas often disappear on their own. About 50% go away by age 5, and 90% are gone by age 9.
Here are some pictures so you can see it really starting to turn red. Most people didn't start to notice it until the spring when he started to where short sleeve clothes. Truth is I didn't notice it until we were already home from the hospital and I freaked out myself. Ryan had one as a kid so he told me what it was and we were going to the doctor the next day so I was able to ask. Turns out that was the least of my worries during his first month of life. You can read here to find out about our many trips to the doctor. They still measure it every time we are at the doctor to make sure it isn't getting bigger. So far nothing to worry about.