I’m not sure if I’ve discussed this here but I feel like now is the time. Along with a milk protein allergy (which incidentally aggravates this) Eve was born with a blocked tear duct. It’s not nice but apparently not uncommon, and she may* grow out of it by the time she is nine months old.
The reasons I’ve decided to discuss this here are twofold.
One – while I try to keep to the positive happy stuff in my blogging I don’t want anyone else to feel they are less than due to the self censoring that is normal in blogs.
Our life is good but not perfect, we all have our challenges big and small, this being one I consider on the small side.
Two – I am so incrediblyOVER random strangers rudely asserting that my baby has conjunctivitis with no conversational prompting or good reason. This happens so frequently that I have started to find myself preemptively explaining that Eve has a blocked tear duct and it is neither conjunctivitis or infectious. Eve’s eye is often sticky within a short time of leaving the house, I carry wipes and drops with me to clean her eye, however the following pictures demonstrate why I sometimes leave the gunk alone until we get home.
Eve mid eye clean
Eve sees that I have the eye wipe
Eve’s feelings on having her eye wiped.
So thank you concerned strangers who appear to have my baby’s best interests at heart, I try not to think you get joy from your misinformed judgement of my parenting skills. But sometimes a little gunk is better for my baby than constantly traumatizing her to conform to people’s expectations.
Perhaps in the future we can overlook the gunk, you know in the same way I overlook your lack of manners.
* If it doesn’t get better by itself Eve will have a minor corrective surgery, I prefer not to dwell on that.