I think I have mentioned before that Blake signs. We have been teaching her to communicate by using ASL with the help of Signing Time videos. She knows a couple of signs already like “milk“, “eat” and “more“.
Blake signing for “more”
I try to sign with her as much as possible coz I want to understand her more. It’s so much easier if we understood each other, right? Although, I’m finding it hard to teach her more signs especially when I leave her with the nanny. Nanny isn’t really interested in signing. (Ok, she’s really good with Blake and she is a good teacher but not signing).
All of this changed when Blake’s 2nd cousin, Lukas, came to visit.
Lukas knows a lot of signs. I was so fascinated by the way he’s communicating with adults. And I think Blake understood him as well! Lukas’ mom is my cousin. She actually took ASL classes and all of her kids knows how to sign. Amazeballs!!Even nanny was amazed by this so she has been teaching Blake the signs that she picked up from Lukas! So now, my baby knows the sign for “hungry” and “full“. When I tell people that I’m teaching my baby to sign, a got a lot of negative feedback. They were “afraid” that my baby would not talk at all because she’s signing. They insisted that I have to teach her to TALK instead. Newsflash, Blake signs and she talks a lot! Of course she still doesn’t have the right words yet but she knows what she wants. If she wants me to open something for her, she simply hands me the thing and says, “aaahmo“. I didn’t understand at first but she keeps repeating it until I opened it. So there. She will talk. And she signs. We understand each other (most of the time, anyway), that’s what’s important.
Blake and Lukas