She is doing awesome with communication. She uses her sign language like a pro! After going so long without ever really knowing what she wanted, it is exhilarating to see her ask me for something specific.
These are the signs she uses daily: milk, chicken (nuggets, not the animal), food, more, juice (this is my personal favorite...she signs 'drink' but holds her pinkie in the air so it makes a 'J' motion as she tips her hand to her mouth...probably doesn't make any sense if you don't know sign), sandwich, eggs, toast, water, bath, dad, mom, all done.
She also knows these, but only uses them if I prompt her: grandpa, grandma, please, banana, and a few more that I can't think of right now...
Have I ever mentioned how much she loves spaghetti? P.S. Those are her PJ's and we did not have spaghetti for breakfast. What can I say, the kid hates getting dressed and I hate making her cry.
If I offer her eggs, she'll shake her head 'no' and sign toast. Sometimes I offer her milk, and she asks for juice instead. I'm sure my backyard neighbors have caught me jumping up and down in my kitchen many times. Sometimes I just can't contain my excitement when she is clear about what she wants. I'm so proud of her! She doesn't assign the correct sounds with the words yet, (she says 'nah' for eggs, 'buh' for milk, 'dah' for bottle, etc) but she is showing tons of progress.
Sidenote: Olivia doesn't talk. (I've talked to a speech therapist, it's totally normal and not cause for concern yet.) When I say she doesn't talk...I mean she never talks. She says 'dad' when he gets home, and the other day she said 'Looh' (Luke) for the first time-but thats it. By now, she should be using 4-5 words correctly at least. Instead, she signs and mimics the grunts and sounds that Isabelle does. If it weren't so darn cute I may be more concerned. My favorite one is when I ask her if she wants eggs, she signs eggs and says "nah, nah, nah" exactly like Isabelle does. Isabelle's therapist assures me that she'll grow out of it, I hope she's right. What if Luke follows suit and I have 3 kids that can't talk?
"Isabelle, show me your silly face!"