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).
- all done
- 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.)
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…)