As we celebrate our 8th Thanksgiving with Melody, we can not help but reflect on what God has done in her life. There is a song that we sing each Thanksgiving that says, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done.” If we were to “name them one by one” we would surely fill a book with all that God has done in and through her life. I certainly will not claim it has been easy. As I have noted before, easy is not our goal. Love is. Often times the greatest blessings and the wonderful works of God stem from our greatest trials.
As we contemplate the blessings, one that we can not overlook is Melody’s intelligence. She continues to love learning, and she is demonstrating her understanding and knowledge consistently. Since the last update we have tested her on her sentences again. She always picks the right one. We are delighted that she answers correctly so consistently.
One day her sister held up a sentence that started with the word Daddy. Her sister was getting the sentences organized and before she even said a word Melody looked at the sentence and said, “Da Da”. Think about that one. Not only did she read the sentence and understand what it said, she processed the information and spoke it. She is amazing. Her shirt says, “Little Miss Awesome”. If the shoe fits…🙂
Melody is still quite motivated by her pink Porsche. She typically army crawls to it several times a day for a ride. When the weather is nice, she sometimes gets to ride outside. She loves that!
Melody has learned her music notes beautifully. Any time we test her on notes she gets it right 100% of the time (see video at the bottom of this post). She is learning her composers also. If we show her pictures of two different composers and ask her which one is Vivaldi, for example, she can tell us the right one. She listens to classical music and has definite preferences. She loves Chopin, but she does not like Bach!
Since music is vitally important to her, and she appears to know how to read notes, we decided to let her try her hand at it. Her hands are too little to play piano, so we bought her a xylophone. The first day we had it, she crawled over to it, sat up, and started playing on it. Some day if you hear about a world-renown xylophone player, you might want to check and see if it is Melody.🙂
Melody is one cuddly little girl who is so lovable!
Trisomy 18 babies are super sweet, cuddly, and lovable indeed. In light of how precious their lives are, we have created a new resource for those who find out they have a positive screening test for Trisomy 18 for their baby in the womb. You can view that page here. I encourage you to read it even if you are not in that situation. Trust me, there is little to no hope offered when a mom receives a positive screening test. It can be a very dark and devastating time for many parents. You may be the one who can offer hope to someone someday by sharing Melody’s story.
Note: We have updated several things on Melody’s site. If you have had trouble subscribing to her updates, you should be able to get that to work now. Her videos have been updated so you can play them, and the “contact me” should work now.
1 Thesselonians 5:18,
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.