"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Monday, January 12, 2009

Victory Dances

I know it is not polite to brag.  However, when you have a special needs child, bragging tends to come with the territory.  Especially when your child's prognosis for neurological status and mental capacity are unknown.  Marissa has Agenisis of the Corpus Callosum.  This means that the piece of her brain that connects the left and right hemispheres and allows them to communicate is missing some parts.  At this time in her life, no one can tell us what, if any, effect this diagnosis will have on her future and her ability to learn.  It is a wait and see kind of game.  

It is cause for celebration your special needs child reaches a milestone or accomplishes something you as a parent were not sure they would.  

Therefore, I choose not to call it bragging. I call it a victory dance. So join me in a little victory dance for Marissa, won't you?

She knows 38 signs now, and even though she might not verbalize correctly, she usually attempts to say the word as she is signing it (when the camera is not on her!)  She can say five words clearly.

Victory dances all around for the Dancing Queen herself!!


Elizabeth said...

We all love to share in her victories. It is not bragging at all, it is spreading the joy. So glad she is improving daily and showing you the many things she knows. All our hopes and prayers are with you.
Lots O Love

Nana and PaPa said...

Aahhhhh....that's are Rissa Roo! Signing, dancing queen!! We ALL celebrate the victories...whether it's bragging or not...it's worth it no matter what the reason! We love her and you all sooooo much! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!
Nana & PaPa

Finding Normal said...

That isn't bragging! I love the videos!

Hope said...

It's not bragging (but even if it was......this is your blog so brag away!)

That is great news!! Give her a hug from us. Yay Marissa!

Dana said...

Victory dances are always welcomed. Way to go you two. I bet you never thought you'd learn sign language. I like her hair down. She is too cute.

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

Hey I say BRAG AWAY! Great job Marissa!

Michelle said...

She is amazing!!!! Good job Rissa Roo! She is really smart!!!! Gotta love her!!!!

(PS: I love the fact that she is such a girly girl despite how her mommy was growing up!!! Yea for another victory for her aunts and Nana!!)

Love you guys!
Auntie Chelle

Janice said...

You Go Girl! Brag on! All parents do it. I think she's a real smarty pants too! Her bulb is more than 100 watts and her bread is done! This girl rocks solid. You show'em Marissa!

Of course,
Grandma Utah


Faith said...

I think Marissa is amazing. She is one smart cookie! No doubt her extraordinary progress can be attributed to her amazing parents, who have risen above circumstance and have refused to put limitations on their child.

Way to go Cortez clan!
Jen :)

Anonymous said...

Kaden loves to watch these videos...he just laughs and points to his "parts" too...he especially lughs hard at finding hid booty! Great job Marissa!!!
Love, Katie