Thursday, January 28, 2010
If you are sick of hearing me talk about Zoey's signing... ignore this.If not,quick update.
So ... with this explosion of Zoey's signing,it is really time to step it up and begin teaching her to put two signs or two words,how ever you want to look at it, together.Just the same as a verbal child would do as their speech is developing.I sign with Zoey pretty much with every sentence that I speak to her.Multiple words in a single sentence.The way it has been going down lately,like with "sit" and "funny",I am not spending time actually teaching her but rather repetitive "speaking",with those words.For instance,Zoey showers with her daddy every morning.It's their thing.Their time together.I sign "shower",multiple times as I am getting her ready,day after day and voila,the other day she signs "shower",repeats it the following days and she now has another word to her "vocabulary".I cannot tell you how fascinating and exciting it is to watch this area develop.I see it in her eyes.I watch her watch my hands and my lips and I know,by days end sometimes,there is yet another word.
Now to the update and speaking of daddy ... Zoey adores her's.She signs daddy all day long,to which I always reply,verbally and signing,"Daddy's at work."Tonight, as we were sitting on the couch,Zoey looks at me,signs "daddy' and then signs "work",immediately after.She did it like three times!"Work"is new this week also.I cried.Real tears.Cried and then called her speech therapist,who I am pretty sure, cried too.My girl.My incredible girl, put two words together!
Another thing she has been doing lately is signing or gesturing,as if to ask a question or bring my attention to something.She has done that a few times over the last couple of days.Tonight we had our darling friend Madison over.You may remember Madison from the incredible youtube video singing with Miley Cyrus.By the way,if you never watched it when I posted it before,I highly recommend you do.We love,love,love our buddy Madison so very much.Anyway,Madison has an NG tube and I kept looking over at Zoey and Zoey was looking at me,with this serious,concerned face,putting her finger to her face,repeatedly and sliding it down as if to almost ask what was in Madison's nose.I answered her.Told her Madison was okay.She wasn't hurt.Didn't have a boo-boo.She seemed satisfied with that and that was that.I truly think she was engaging me in conversation.Really and truly.
This miracle child of mine never,ever ceases to amaze.Ever.