#71 – 1000 Awesome Things

Sign Language

Do you know what is super cool? When I am reaching and whining at something and then I sign the word and Mommy can figure out what I want! Here’s the thing: I don’t speak English very well yet… and I can yell at Mommy and Daddy ’til I’m blue in the face, but they almost never know what I’m trying to say.

Enter sign language. I know about 20 signs and it is amazing how much I can communicate! To be honest, a few of them are the names of farm animals, which aren’t as useful in day-to-day life as baby books would have you believe (Really? When was the last time someone stopped you on the street and asked YOU what a sheep says? There are *very* limited careers where a major requirement is to identify cows and hens.), but I am able to have short conversations (with Mommy at least).

I know:

  • more
  • all done
  • eat
  • drink
  • water
  • juice
  • milk
  • apple
  • cracker
  • cheese
  • please
  • thank you
  • butterfly (That’s right, I do! and you’d be amazed at how many butterflies you come across when you’re looking – they’re everywhere! Emma had a butterfly balloon yesterday at music class and even though I signed and signed she wouldn’t give it to me.)
  • frog
  • dog
  • cat
  • sheep
  • pig
  • fish
  • bird
  • duck
  • horse
  • cow
  • monkey
  • Mommy
  • Daddy
  • grandma
  • grandpa
  • aunt
  • uncle

Honestly? I don’t form all of these signs perfectly – but I can approximate and get close enough to be understood. Also, Mommy taught me “thank you” and how to blow kisses the same week and I usually get those confused. She says she’s not going to correct me on that one. (If we had more energy, there’d be a video here. But we don’t. So there isn’t. Maybe later in the week…)

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  1. Little Evan also gets kisses and thank you messed up fairly often. And his signs for “bird” “light” “duck” “outside” and “potty” are all pretty much the same thing. Context counts A LOT when it comes to signs. But I am very impressed you know so many Cole!!

  2. Holy smokes, you are obviously Harvard bound!! *very impressed* *must start watching BST DVDs RIGHT NOW*

    I am interested to hear the context you get to use pig and horse in though LOL

  3. Lurve me some signing time.

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