When naming body parts in the Hess home "noma" (Palmer's pronunciation of hemangioma) is as commonly labeled as eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Brody's strawberry hemangioma, which sits a top his head, is as prominent as ever. I am asked about it 2-3 times a week by an adult, and 2-3 times a day by children. The strangest question I have received so far was from a little girl at the daycare who inquired, "Is it candy?" I'm sure many more adults wonder about it, but as always it is usually the children who aren't afraid to bring it up.
We were told by our doctor that it would stop growing around six months of age, and that seems to be the case. We haven't noticed much growth, if any, in the past month. From this point forward have been told to expect the birthmark to remain unchanged until he is about a year old. It will then begin to turn white as it fills up with scar tissue, flatten and eventually disappear approximately by the age of five. The only remaining evidence of the hemangioma should be a bald spot. However, Brody's hemangioma has hair on it, which our doctor has never seen before, so he might not even have the bald spot.
With or without his noma, we still think he is pretty darling. Grandma Nancy calls it his cuteness indicator. She tells him it is red when he is cute, which of course, is all the time.