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Sorry for inundating you, but I’m just totally blown away. It is so easy to communicate with Danika because of sign language.
She is still stringing words together, and she is learning new ones all the time. Today she was starting to fuss, and I asked, “What do you want?”
She pointed upstairs. I asked, “Why do you want to go upstairs?” and she made the sign for bed, which she’s never made before. I took her upstairs, changed her diaper, put her to bed, and she’s out like a light.
She’s been somewhat transitioning to one nap, so we’ve been following her cues, but today she flat out told us. I would have kept her up another half hour based on her usual timing.
We thought she made up her own sign for ceiling fan, but it turns out it’s the official sign. She uses it for ceiling light, too.
I don’t think she’s hyperintelligent or anything, but I think she thoroughly enjoyed communicating, and I’m so glad we have an easy way to do it.
She’s also been signing “again”, and she sucks at making the sign, but now that we know what it looks like to her, we get it.
When she doesn’t know the sign for something, she usually starts running through all the signs she knows. So we have to figure out what she wants, and then teach her the sign.
And until today she thought juice was the same thing as water, but today she finally realized they’re different, in part, I think, because we were making a different sign. She does it with her index finger instead of her pinky, but we get it.
Anyhow, I feel like you understand that I’m not bragging, I’m just excited, so that’s why I email you to tell you.
I just wanted to let you know that we’re having a sign language explosion in our house. D is picking up new signs quickly now, sometimes two a day.
She doesn’t always remember them on her own, but if we ask her with a sign, she will wait for the sign she means and then repeat it back when we do the sign for what she wants.
It’s awesome. Thanks again.
We’re pretty sure that D is signing “All Done” after meals. At first, if we thought she was done, we’d sign it to her and finish up. Then one day, when we signed to her, she smiled and clapped, so we figured she understood.
For the last five or six meals, when she’s done, she holds both hands in the air, fingers wide, and smiles at us. Then when we repeat it to her, she smiles and claps, and waits to be cleaned off and let out of her chair.
She doesn’t wiggle her hands, but she doesn’t do that motion for anything else.
She’s just shy of ten months. What do you think?
I would say you have D’s version of “all done”! That is very exciting.
I love getting emails like this one!
Just in time to show her off at my family’s house this weekend. Bet they’ll start using their signs now!
Thanks! This is exciting.