A married couple had been trying to conceive for quite a long time, and after five years of attempting to become parents, this woman and her husband decided to ask for medical help. The couple found out they were going to be parents to fraternal twin boys nine months later.
For the sake of sharing her story, the mother referred to her children as Adam and Jack.
The mother wrote on Reddit, “Now they may be fraternal but they look identical. I’ll be honest, my husband and I even mix them up sometimes. Everyone does.”
After the mother-in-law accidentally gave the incorrect baby an injection, which resulted in the infant being sent to the hospital, the mother confessed that she had Jack tattooed so that she would always be able to know which baby was which.
During her story about how Jack got the tattoo, his mother said that the boy has a disease that requires a shot once a week.
After the birth of the twins, the mother went back to work, and shortly afterwards, the mother offered to take care of the infants. She would give him injections on the schedule they had until about a month ago, when she gave the shot to the wrong baby by accident.
“She immediately noticed her mistake, called 911, and they were transferred to the hospital. By the time I got there, Adam had been given the reversal agent and they were both happily sipping on juice, loving the attention… He was never in danger,” the mother went on to say. But “mother-in-law was beside herself. I tried to ease her worry but she refused to babysit, so to daycare they went.”
The fact that the parents had to send their infants to daycare caused them additional anxiety since they feared that the nurse might confuse their children, especially because they do not use name tags. Following the advice of their family doctor, Jack’s mother ultimately made the decision to have him get a medical tattoo.
“They tattoo a freckle, no bigger than the end of a pencil eraser, on an area of skin that’s easily seen while the child is under mild sedation similar to that used in dental offices. Because of the area, it usually fades in 2-3 years, but by then they should have developed more personal features and may not need it redone. So, after a discussion with my husband, we did it. He has a 2 mm brown freckle on his earlobe. From entering the office to leaving, it took 30 minutes. Never felt a thing,” the woman shared.
However, the mother-in-law could not accept the fact that her grandson had a tattoo at such a young age.
“She lost her shit the second I mentioned a medical tattoo. I tried to explain but she just freaked out so I put both kids on the floor and told her to pick up Jack and find the tattoo. She picked up Adam, so I handed her Jack and after 20 minutes, she still couldn’t find it. Stripped him to his skivvies. I finally pointed it out and she went ‘That’s just a freckle.’ I just said… ‘My point exactly. Adam doesn’t have a freckle there.. So that’s how daycare can tell them apart.’ She’s still pissed and ranting,” the mother added.
The mother asked other users of Reddit whether they thought it was a mistake for her to have her kid get a medical tattoo. One user responded by assuring her that it was not a mistake, “it’s literally a fake freckle. It’s not like you gave him a full sleeve of pinup girls and muscle cars. Also, it’s to make it harder to accidentally kill him or his brother. You made the right call.”
“You took the recommendation from a medical professional and made the decision with your spouse for the safety of your child,” another wrote.
“I think she heard ‘tattoo’ and got upset. Then she felt like she was too committed to being upset to admit she was wrong once she realized she was overreacting,” third one added.
What are your thoughts about this mother’s decision?