Friday, January 1, 2010

Baby Signs

Have I expounded the virtues of baby signs yet? I can't remember if I've even mentioned that we were going to do baby signs with Connor? Well, after reading a bit about it and having a friend who is doing it with her baby girl, Sophia, I decided before Little Man was born that I was going to try it.

It's simple, really. We just sign to him whatever it is that we give him. We've started small - with just milk, eat, more, and cereal. At first, with the sign for milk, we noticed he began recognizing it. He'd be fussy, we would sign "milk" to him, and he'd smile and open his mouth. After a while, I began to notice him closing his fist randomly. Still I wasn't convinced he was associating the closing of his fist with his desire for milk. But, then last week he signed milk clear as day to us. I think our family members were a little skeptical ("yeah...sure Mrs. Howard...sure he signed milk...did he also make you guys dinner?"), but we had them convinced when Connor signed milk right in front of his Aunt Katie. Sure enough, I gave him a bottle and he greedily grabbed for it!

We are believers!

3 comments:

The Schult Family said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loved all the updates! I miss getting the daily blurb from you in person on the track, so I guess this will do:) Happy New Year to you three! ...D

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Miss you too Diana!! Happy New Year to Sophia & Bill too!

Courtney H said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love that you are teaching him signs....just make sure you use ASL! I have some DVD's at my work you might like, Baby Signing Time. I will grab one for you to check out with baby Connor! They use ASL, the creator has a deaf daughter (who is in the signing time series)

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