My little girl is growing up fast, before my eyes! So fast, I feel like I am going to miss something if I blink.
She learned how to climb up on the couch over the weekend. If you notice in past pictures, we had a lot of stuff on the back of the couch. This was because the back of the couch was one place she couldn't reach... yet. Yesterday we had to move everything off the back of the couch and out of the cubbies behind the couch because she can reach them now. Whew!! When did that happen??
She is showing us that we should never take what doctors say about her future as the gospel truth. We were told to prepare ourselves for the fact that Marissa might never walk, run, climb, talk, etc. The truth was that the "experts" just didn't know what her future held. The truth is that only One knows exactly what is in store for Marissa. The only expert that matters ~ God. He alone knows what she will accomplish in her life and we are relying on Him, and only Him, to show us. What a cool journey of discovery we are on!!
She is talking so much. Every day she learns a new word. Or two. Or three. Everyday she speaks the words she already knows more clearly. Everyday. Just last night I had a kitchen cabinet open. She saw a bag of microwave popcorn, pointed to it and said "popcorn"! Well, it came out more like "pahcone" but she said it! This is amazing because I hardly ever have popcorn in the house. I just picked it up a week ago when I was in a store and it looked really good to me. I have only said the word a few times and she said it and used the word properly. Every time she says something, my heart jumps right up into my throat. It was only a year ago that she started tolerating her speaking valve all day.
And yes, Jeremy and I are still trying to grasp the concept that we can not just say whatever word comes to our minds. Yesterday I was watching a news program about the state of the American economy and I got a little emotional. I used the word "a_ _ hole". Marissa repeated that word, to the best of her ability. Kind of came out like " ah-ole" It reminded me of the scenes in Meet the Fockers where the little boy keeps repeating that same word over and over again. Oops!
I will get better. I promise. After all, I am growing and learning too! :)