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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Why You Will Never Find Me Wearing Nail Polish

I'm not really much into beauty, for the most part, I'm pretty low maintenance. Honestly, I think that women who have to have tons and tons of makeup on and who can't leave the house without it are a little ridiculous...but to each their own.

However, one thing I am pretty jealous about is women who are able to get manicures. I have brachydactyly type d, also known as clubbed thumb or murder's thumb. I know, what in the world is that?! In layman's terms, I have toe thumbs. 

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It's something I am very self conscious about, ever since about fourth grade, when I realized my hands looked different than everyone else. I used to sit in class and tuck my thumbs into my hands because I didn't want anyone to see them. 

Now, while I am still self conscious about my hands, I don't try to hide them, but I also don't go out of my way to draw attention to them either. Which means that I rarely paint my nails unless it's a nude color and I definitely don't get manicures. How weird would that be to get French tips on hands like this:


As I've gotten older, I always take notice when someone else has hands like myself and I've come to realize something. I am so glad that my brachydachy (as Alan likes to call it) is symmetrical. I think I would be even more self conscious if only one of my thumbs was a toe thumb.

I guess you can call me special, only 2% of the world's population has brachydactyly in any form. But, you better believe one of the first things I did when my children were born was check to see if they inherited this from me. 

I'm so glad that they didn't.

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24 comments:

  1. You could still get manicures, embrace being different! I've been around you so many times and have NEVER noticed! Like ever. I believe Megan Fox has the same deal but she rocks the French tips and doesn't let it hold her back :) if you want a manicure, go get one!!! I'll even come with you, I love getting "mah nails did" - lol embrace your insecurities and own them, otherwise they will only weigh you down-perfection is boring, your imperfections are what make you a beautiful person :)

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  2. My husband has overlapping toes, some of them are also misshapen. He was born that way but it has gotten worse as he has aged. I have a feeling that hand and foot deformities are more common than we think. In a perfect world, we would celebrate the differences, but humans don't seem to be made that way. Megan Fox does have the same condition. I hope your friend talks you into that manicure.

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  3. My son has webbed toes on one of his feet. He doesn't know now that it's different and I dread the day when he does realize it.

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  4. That's awesome that you were able to share your story through this bloggers challenge topic. Your hands look completely fine to me with or without nail polish!


    ~Christina
    http://thedancegrad.com

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  5. The only manicure I've ever had was when I got married and that was with my own nails. And even then, when the manicurist did my thumb nails, she laughed. So, I don't think it will ever happen again.

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  6. I don't think they look weird at all...you're right though, it's great that they're symmetrical. Go rock that mani!

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  7. I've never heard of that before! I read your comment below and can't believe someone laughed while doing your nails! How rude and unacceptable! I understand your feelings, but I think you are a beautiful mama and if you want to paint your nails or get manicures you definitely should and embrace yourself. Don't let what anyone else thinks hinder you <3

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  8. I have a large pink birthmark between my left thumb and forefinger. I thought everyone had one. I thought it was there so that we knew which hand was left and which was right. I was quite shocked when I discovered it was not a universal feature! Not, however, as shocked as I was last month to discover that the woman on my right (I checked my hands to be sure!) had an almost identical birthmark on her left hand!

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  9. That's crazy that someone else had a nearly identical birthmark. That's like a one in a million chance to you would notice that.

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  10. I paint my toes a lot more than my nails and when I do paint my nails, it's usually a nude but I haven't done that much in years because I don't want my kids to accidentally ingest nail polish when I'm fishing something out of their mouths. I know I should just embrace it, but it is something I'm pretty self conscious about unfortunately.

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  11. I know several people that have just one toe thumb, and that would drive me crazy because I'm all about symmetry.

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  12. Way to go on your financial goals! I bet that was a relief! I always feel so much better when I know I've saved money.

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  13. My goal was to use my exercise bike while he was gone, but I was so exhausted by the time I got the chance that I went to bed instead.

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  14. Yes they do. Too bad it's gone so quickly though!

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  15. I had always referred to them as toe thumbs until I looked it up one day because I wanted to know what it was actually called.

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  16. I will never get a pedicure because I have Syndactyly (I just learned
    the name a few years ago) which means that my 'ring' and 'middle' toes
    are webbed. I was SUPER self conscious about it until I got to college.
    I'm over it now, but I still don't think I will ever get a pedicure, as
    much as I'd love to. I just don't think I could handle the looks, they'd
    need a modified toe spacer! It's awesome that you posted this with a
    picture, that rocks! Not that celebrities should matter but I was pretty
    psyched when I found out that Dan Akroyd and Ashton Kutcher both have
    Syndactyly. Did you know that Megan Fox has Brachydactyly D too? Stopping by from Bloggy
    Moms March 2014 Blog Hop.

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  17. I never knew what it was called, but my son has webbed toes on his left foot!

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  18. Megan Fox has this same thing and she paints her nails red and black all the time! Rock it girl! Embrace your flaws! Your hands are beautiful :)

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  19. Interesting...I have never heard of this...BUT, I would have never noticed either! Go get yourself a manicure. :-)

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  20. I am actually so glad I read this post. You know why? I am one of the 2% with you... I noticed it quite early too but yeah, I thought it was okay. People actually overlook hands quite a lot you know. I never draw unnecessary attention to them, because I really don't like how short and stubby they are, with such an odd shaped nail too! But I still do my nails all the time. In fact, I like painting them because it makes my thumb nails look more normal. As well as that, when people comment on my nails, I open my hands to show them, but I tuck in my thumb ;) Very very few people ever really notice. And I still get to do what I love ^^ I hope my kids don't have it either, and I'm not sure where I got it from because I've yet to meet a family member who has the same...

    I don't know if you really care, but if you want to see my hands (with polish though) you can see them here: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/03/notd-city-of-bones.html?showComment=1394192141167#c147526164815029967

    It's good to know I'm not along though. I never really had this diagnosed...

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  21. I remember saying something to my mom about it as a kid and she just brushed it off, but I'm sure she was just trying not to make a big deal about it. I, too, don't like how stubby they are and how my nail is wonky. The only reason I know what it is is because I got curious when I was pregnant with my son and looked it up. It's actually a dominant trait, but I must've inherited it from my father, who I haven't seen since I was a baby because no one in my mom's family has it.

    Your nails are cute!

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  22. Great informative post! I didn't know about this. This is why I love reading blogs, I'm getting a bit smarter after every post...

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  23. You learn something new everyday... :-)

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