As I have mentioned before, many doctors, therapist and random people feel the need to tell me all the things my kids will not be able to do.
Fortunately, during these important discussions, Francesca is usually busy drawing on the wall or sneaking a lollipop out of my purse, so she misses the bulk of the things that she can't do.
Then, she goes and does them.
Every specialist I met told me emphatically Francesca would not be able to drink from a straw because her cleft palate is not repaired. Never, never, not at all. I believed them, so I lugged around a sippy cup (without the valve, because she can't do that either) everywhere we went. This was a pain. I don't even like to carry a purse around. I just stuff my credit card in my pocket (don't ask me how many times I have to order new cards when they mysteriously get lost). I usually ended up loosing the sippy cup or dropping it in a disgusting place, like the floor of the bathroom at the mall.
One day, we were at a restaurant (oh, how I love restaurants) and Francesca wanted a drink RIGHT NOW. Instead of patiently waiting, she grabbed Victoria's cup.
I looked sadly at her, watching how hard she was trying to get the water with the straw. She was twisting her mouth every which way. Poor little child.
Until I realized that she was actually drinking with the straw!!!
Don't mess with my beverage! You showed them Francesca!
Someone asked me if Francesca is talking yet? (blogger wouldn't let me comment on my own blog!) Yes, she is quite the little vocalist. She has a lot to say; paragraphs of ideas flow from her lips. We don't always understand her, but she certainly knows what she is saying. You should hear her tattle on Catherine. Her favorites words are "Victoria", "no" and "elephant".