This mum and baby are teaching us important lessons about love and difference

Christina and baby Christopher

A newborn baby and his first-time mum are having an ace time getting to know each other, and in the process are sparking conversations about acceptance and visible differences.

37days to go 👶🏽

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Letter to my son👶🏽 I want you to know how unique & precious your birth marks & moles are to me. You are my first child. My first son. My first everything, I will teach you to love the skin your in,You have taught me in just this short time what it is to be a mother. You have taught me to be selfless. You have taught me pure love. .And it’s such a scary thing, but more than that, it’s beautiful. And I still have so much to learn. Thank you for being the one with whom I get to experience all of these firsts. There is no one else who could have done it. God chose you, my little prince.l pray that you grow up strong and sweet and that you know and love Jesus and that you have a heart for others. I pray that you never let this world dull your bright and lovely personality. I pray that the world is less cruel to you than it can be. Because it will be cruel. But I’ll do my best to soften it, if even just a little. I pray that you are courageous and kind and generous and patient. I already see so much of this in you, and it makes me so proud to call you mine. 💙 mom!

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Atypical moles

When Christina’s baby was born, she embarked on the usual new mum learning curve, but it was coupled with some extra challenges.

Baby Christopher Junior was born with a variety of birthmarks and moles, and his mum began documenting life with a new baby who looks different to some other babies, but exactly like himself.

Houston-based Christina explained on Instagram that Christopher Junior has a form of Melanocytic naevi – groups or clusters of dark coloured moles. Melanocytic naevi vary in colour in different skin tones. The ‘Melanocytic’ part of this term means that they are made up of cells (melanocytes) that produce the melanin which gives skin its colour. In short – a mole! Melanocytes clustered together form ‘naevi’.  

Melanocytic naevi can be present at birth, as in Christopher Junior’s case, or they may develop during childhood – or into adulthood. Some families are predisposed to skin conditions like this, and the moles need to be monitored to make sure they stay healthy and don’t become cancerous. 

“Love the skin you’re in”

Christina’s penned an open letter to her little boy, sharing it on Instagram to celebrate his arrival, and spark discussion about love, difference and acceptance.

“I want you to know how unique and precious your birth marks and moles are to me,” Christina wrote. “You are my first child. My first son. My first everything, I will teach you to love the skin [you’re]  in.”

“You have taught me in just this short time what it is to be a mother. You have taught me to be selfless. You have taught me pure love. And it’s such a scary thing, but more than that, it’s beautiful. And I still have so much to learn.”

“Thank you for being the one with whom I get to experience all of these firsts. There is no one else who could have done it.”

“I pray that you never let this world dull your bright and lovely personality. I pray that the world is less cruel to you than it can be. Because it will be cruel. But I’ll do my best to soften it, if even just a little.”

“I pray that you are courageous and kind and generous and patient. I already see so much of this in you, and it makes me so proud to call you mine. 💙 mom!”

“We are beyond blessed”

The outpouring of support for Christopher Junior and Christina, in response, knocked the socks off this very grateful new mum.

“The love the world, family and friends has shown my son is unbelievable we can’t thank you all enough for the kind, empowerment words and life experiences you all shared,” Christina said.

“Thanks for standing up and protecting him from the evil comments I’ve seen. The love is overwhelming … We are beyond blessed he’s blessed and has blessed others with his presence, he will definitely embrace his beauty with all this love that’s been given I will continue to bless your news feed with his greatness THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!”

This is a great reminder that not all babies are the same, but they should all be celebrated and snuggled as much as possible. Because tiny and cute and new baby smell!

A very big thanks to Christina for sharing her story, and these lovely photos of Christopher Junior.

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