When Melody turned one it was an extraordinary event. Back then we could not have imagined the remarkable milestones she would reach. Yet, here she is FOUR years old and thriving! We stand in awe of what God has done in her life. Melody has had an amazing year. As we reflect back on the past year we can see that she has:
Grown: Melody has gained some weight and grown in height as well. Last year on Melody’s birthday she was in the 95th percentile for height and the 50th percentile for weight on the Trisomy 18 growth charts. We are pleased to announce that she is now in the 95th percentile for both height and weight! She is even on the charts for non-T18 children in both categories. We are thankful she has been able to make these exceptional strides eating all her food by mouth.Cuddled: Melody is a little cuddle bear. She loves to be held.
Inspired: A friend of mine noted that she thinks Melody has had more of an impact on our community than anybody else we know. Melody has certainly touched lives and continues to do so.Offered Hope: Melody offers hope to those in the Trisomy 18 community. There is a plethora of negativity when a child in the womb is labelled Trisomy 18. These children are certainly more vulnerable, but Melody is a living example of how hope should not be abandoned and how each child can be treasured as a sweet gift every day they on this earth.
Played: Melody’s play time is getting more sophisticated now that she is stronger.
Learned: We are seeing excellent progress in Melody’s cognitive advancements. Melody continues to do her learning cards and takes it all in. She still loves her board books, but she is able to handle more sophisticated books now. Little House on the Prairie picture books are some of her favorite.
Accomplished: Melody has made remarkable accomplishments this year – beyond what we ever could have expected. With much credit to Dr. Jumper (her chiropractor), she can now sit up, stand (with a little support), articulate more sounds, etc. It is with much joy that we observe her continual improvements.
Fought off sickness: Melody had one minor cold in September. Since then she has been remarkably healthy – not one sickness. It is not for lack of exposure, as we have even had various members of the family get sick on a few different occassions, and little Melody marched right on through without succumbing to it. We are grateful for Dr. Jumper’s contribution to building up her previously weakened immune system. Having a healthy year is an amazing gift, as Melody is more vulnerable than most when she is sick.
Blessed: Melody has a way of blessing those around her. A friend of mine who comes to our home for a homeschool Spanish class each week noted that seeing Melody is her favorite thing about that part of the week. How does Melody manage to elicit such responses when she cannot even speak in words? Don’t ask me. She just has that effect on people. 😀
Loved: Melody seems to love everyone just the way they are with the sweetest and purest of love. We all need a Melody in our lives, do we not?
Encouraged: Her smile speaks volumes and keeps us encouraged. It is always good to feel like someone thinks you hung the moon, so to speak.
Contributed to another book: Dr. Daniel Hyman wrote about Melody in a book that was published a few months ago titled, “Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget.” We were quite impressed with Dr. Hyman’s writing on our sweet girl, as well as a radio interview he did about the book. He did an outstanding job and addressed a critical issue in the Trisomy 18 world of labeling these children as “incompatible with life”. More on this in a future post.
Best of all, Melody continues to live out the purpose God has for her life: We love the line in Rafael’s video that was in the last post, “Even a long life is short and short life can be so full of meaning.” Melody’s life is rich with meaning and purpose. We couldn’t be any more proud of our little girl and grateful for the treasure that she is.
Happy 4th Birthday to our sweet little Melody!
Isaiah 43:7: Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.