I always knew the day would come when Violet would realise she was different to other kids, but I really didn't expect it to happen at 3 years old.
For the past few months while I brush Violet's teeth she has started staring at herself in the mirror like she is examining her face, but even though I thought she was noticing differences I never said anything of course.
Then the other day, Violet said to me "Mummy, Violet look funny". I said "no you don't, you are a beautiful girl" she then repeated it again to me "Mummy, Violet look funny". So this time I said to her "What do you mean?". She then said to me "Eye look funny, face look funny". So I just reassured her again that she was a beautiful girl and we love her very much.
So the psychological effects of her eye condition and her vascular malformations are now coming into our lives. Then we still have the cerebral palsy difference to throw in aswell.
It is not going to be easy when she starts pre-school/school...people can talk until they are blue in the face about how kids are really quite good and just inquisitive but we have had first hand experience at Violet being teased when only picking up her sister from school. Everything from kids mimicking her small eye to kids not wanting to go near her because she looks different. Not to mention at the Teddy Bear's Picnic last year, a girl tried to poke Violet in her good eye with the plastic stick on a balloon on purpose while walking past her, luckily I grabbed it in time.
I just wish that she didn't have to start worrying about this at such a young age.