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Progression of a strawberry mark…

I have been thinking about showing the progression of Khéna’s haemangioma for a while now and after a conversation with Annie the other day, I thought it would be a good time…  ( I know that I would have liked to see something simular when I saw that he had one)

First… what is it? (you might not imagine how many times I have had to answer this out in public)

Infantile haemangioma (American spelling ‘hemangioma’) describes a benign (non-cancerous) condition affecting cutaneous blood vessels. It is also known as proliferative haemangioma because it is due to proliferating endothelial cells; these are the cells that line blood vessels.

Infantile haemangiomas are proliferative lesions that usually develop shortly after birth. They are distinct from vascular malformations, which are usually present at birth and are less common.

Over 80% of infantile haemangiomas occur on the head and neck area. They grow to 80% of maximum size in the first three months and most stop growing at about 5 months. However, they may keep growing for up to 18 months.

After that, they undergo regression or involution. This can take as long as 3-10 years. Nearly all flat infantile haemangiomas eventually involute and disappear without treatment. However, regression of bulky haemangiomas tends to be incomplete, and they may leave an irregular atrophic (thin) scar or anetoderma (a dented scar) in at least 50% of cases.

From here…

though you don’t see it, he had an even bigger one under his hair but it grew quicker and faded completely by 18 months…

(you can see all of his pics here)

3 days old (no sign of it)

Khéna... day 3

2 weeks old (you start seeing it)

Khéna 2 weeks old

1 month

Khéna 1 month old!

2 months

Smiley face ;)

3 months

Khéna... being cute

from 5 months to about 14 months it was at it’s most intense… it was really thick and looked like it could burst….

Khéna

(this is at about a year… it was more raised than this for a few months)

Sleep

From 13 months to 18 months it pinked up…

blue eyes

14 months

my blue eyed Khéna

15 months

Khéna

At 18 months the middle became flesh coloured and it was no longer as raised and squishy…

Khéna

second birthday… you can see it is fading more…

Khéna 2 years old!!

2 years 3 months….

get that camera outa my face...

3 1/2 years (he now also has a scar right next to his mark after falling)

Khéna

4 years old

Birthday boy

4 1/2 (he is showing the bump he got on the playground)

bump

5 years old

My sweet boy

7 3/4 years

June14-92

snow pics…

It was a beautiful day outside so we headed out in to the front yard to play for a few hours… our front yard is not big but in the winter  the snow hill is high enough to slide on and off… (last year is was almost twice as high)

and they love to play there…

our front yard...

Sliding….

sliding in our front yard...

Colin is always Jumping… (I can’t believe how high he can jump up sometimes!)

Colin jumping...

Khéna had a lot of fun…

Khéna

and just some more of the boys…

Xavier

Colin

Khéna

all tuckered out….

tuckered out...

new haircuts…

I finally gave two of the boys a haircut… everday I would think about it since their hair was getting in their eyes… Xavier didn’t want one so I’ll either get him another day…. or not if he chooses to have long hair again…

Here are some before and after pics…

Khéna... before haircut...

Khéna’s hair is a bit shorter than I wanted because he kept on moving….

Khéna... after haircut...

Colin before haircut...

Colin... after haircut

lost teeth…

Xavier has had a few really loose teeth for a while now…

Xavier... lose teeth...

under his finger was a tooth that has been near to falling out for a few weeks now (he was showing me that it could bend completely over)…. and the top tooth which used to be on the left (he lost the right one a few years ago when he knocked it out on the kitchen floor) has been migrating to the middle of the space for a few weeks has been so loose also…

well… today while eating lunch the bottom one fell out and then while he was playing outside with Colin the top one get knocked out!

It fell in the hill of snow in the front yard… (about 6 feet of snow) and though he and Simon searched for it for a while it was no where to be found…hopefully we will find it in the spring…

anyway…

It just seems so weird at times when I realize that my kid is getting older…

old enough to be smiling at me like this now…

lost two teeth today!!

few new pics…

I realized that I haven’t shared new pics in a while…

Xavier won’t let me take many pics of him… so these are  from a few weeks ago….Xavier

another peice

He is a really cool kid and getting older and changing so much…

he loves video games and is really good at them… At the moment his favourites are Zelda for the wii and Spore…he is also a champ at wii boxing and he can beat pretty much anyone… He plays a lot with Lego’s and makes spaceships of all kinds…

He has lost a few teeth now and there are 2-3 that are loose and he should lose soon…his smile is so weird right now because of it…

the most amazing thing though is to see how all the information that he has been accumulating over the years is now coming together and making sense for him… and it just gets more amazing everyday…

I took these of Colin yesterday…

Colin

Colin

Colin is a such a sweetie… he is easygoing and fun… he is also a bundle of energy and agility… always running and jumping and tumbling and turning… I really would love to get him into gymnastics or circus or something because it is amazing what he can do with his body….

Here is a pic from a few weeks ago of him jumping up and down in the kitchen trying to see how high he could jump…

He is really into Star Wars and Indiana Jones… he loves his action figures and always has a few with him whatever he is doing… he also loves to play video games and his favs are Lego Star wars and Lego Indiana Jones…

and of course Khéna…

Khéna

Khéna

Khéna is a cutie… he is always cuddling and wanting to be with us… Like Colin, he sings almost all of the time… he is in a language boom and everyday he talks more and makes more sentences…

He looks up to his big brothers and follows them everywhere… he is very nurturing and very loving… and I love seeing the kid that he is becoming…

Khéna

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