Eliza's signing has really picked up recently. I learned a few new signs from the DVD "Baby Signing Time", so I have been showing them to Eliza and she has started using them already (and yes, I did let her watch the DVD once with me - though we're still not keen on letting her watch TV regularly). It took a while for her to start using signs at first - I think by 8 months she was consistently using the sign for milk to ask to nurse, and that was shortly followed by "more" and "all done" (and, quite randomly, "fan"). But that was the extent of her signing up until recently. Now she can (and does) sign "fish", "eat", "cat", "dog", "cracker", "hurt" and "drink".
And then, just this morning we were walking through IKEA with my parents and I was pointing out a baby nearby, and she did the sign for baby! I didn't even model it to her first, she just signed it - I was totally blown away.
It's pretty neat to watch her learn to communicate more effectively. She is also starting to talk more, too; she will try to pronounce almost any word you ask her to. The words she regularly uses these days are:
- "bah-pah" (she uses this word for Grandpa and Grandma - either that, or she thinks my mom is also grandpa - haha - but I don't think so, I think she just can't quite vocally differentiate between grandPA and grandMA yet)
- "bye bye" (this one was new this week!)
- "look!" (she points when she says this, it is so cute!)
My girl is growing up so fast, but it is such a joy to watch and be a part of that I honestly don't feel sad about it. I only sometimes wish I could slow down our days, our lives, our busy schedules so that I wouldn't always feel like I'm going to miss something!