Five Minute Friday {encouragement}

Once upon a time, we were told that Adelaide may never be able to eat solid foods. Or feed herself. Or hold her own bottle. Or drink from a cup. Or use a spoon. Or tell us when she wants to eat. What she wants to eat. Where she wants to eat. 

And at 2 years old, there are still several things from the ‘may never do’ list on the ‘still needs to learn’ list. But I have learned one thing on this journey: no one knows what this girl will do. We can make predictions. Guesses. Dreams. But no one knows. And sometimes that is the best thing in the world. 

She can feed herself some finger foods and occasionally uses a pincer grasp. She can now hold her own bottle. Just recently, she could even hold her bottle while sitting in her carseat. We don’t make it a habit, since she could still choke, but it makes things easier in a pinch. She can even tell us when she is hungry. She signs ‘eat’ and milk’ and her ‘un-ry’ has morphed into ‘hun-gah’…love it. She will often yell HUN-GAH if she sees someone with food she is coveting. She also signs and says ‘yes’ when asked about certain foods. I could do without the grunts and arm-flailing when she sees something she wants at the grocery store, but I will take any communication at this point. Because we were also told once upon a time that she may never talk at all.

Teeth. Teeth were also on the ‘we have no idea’ list. But Adelaide has teeth and she gets more every time I turn around. Just last night, she added two more. Teeth #14 and #15 came in yesterday. 15 teeth. She gained a top canine and her other bottom incisor. I think. I will be honest. I have started to lose track. I forgot to start one of those teeth charts on her. But I am pretty sure it was a top canine and her other bottom incisor.

Earlier this week, she had her first Oreo. Maybe that was the encouragement she needed to pop some more pearly whites through those adorable gums…




Time’s Up…

Five Minute Friday

Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Be generous and leave an encouraging comment for the person who linked up before you. That’s the best part about this community.

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2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday {encouragement}

  1. Oreo as encouragement… whatever it takes! I don’t know your backstory, but I loved this glimpse of your life with your sweet girl. We were told our daughter would never speak, was ‘retarded’ (their words) and should go to a school for the deaf. But we knew she was bright, we knew there was more potential in her beyond their words. Here we are, years later, and she speaks strong and pretty clear. She’s getting good grades. She blows their expectations out of the water… and we are so glad we listened to better words and helped her move toward a better future.

    I hope your little one will continue to exceed expectations and move forward. Your encouragement will matter most…


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