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So I've Been Meaning to Tell You...

I've been meaning to get this post out for at least two or three weeks, so my apologies for not doing it sooner. I have some fantastic news:

Ivy speaks! And signs!

My big girl Ivy

A couple weeks ago, Ivy signed and said her first words - both within about twenty minutes of each other!

I had her on the bed, changing her diaper. We were playing a little bit, and she got excited and started waving her hands. Ivy stopped, looked at her hand, and I could just totally see her think about it for a minute. She closed her fingers together and brought her hand to her mouth, as if she was signing 'food'. Actually, she was asking for her 'binky' (pacifier), but I knew what she meant. I was so proud!

So a little bit later, Eden came in and I changed her butt as well. We stayed on the bed, playing and tickling, just generally having fun. Ivy had been the center of attention since signing to me, and it seemed she got a bit jealous that sissy was now getting all mommy's playing. Clear as day, Ivy yelled, "Mama!"

*swoon*

Beautiful Ivy

Since then, she has also said 'Dada', 'Eden', and 'Sissy', and signed 'more', 'food', 'mom', and 'dad'. Since her birth, Ivy has watched our signing and conversations so closely. Ivy is just a grown-up waiting to get there. Now that she's started communicating, she's doing it more and more often. She's extremely proud of herself, and so am I.

Ivy enjoys a cookie with her new teeth

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fierceawakening
Mar. 13th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
ahavah
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
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ahavah
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, Ivy's been enjoying testing out her two new teeth on cookies...
ct_doula
Mar. 13th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
You must be such a proud mommy! I love baby sign! A good friend of mine has a daughter who signs and talks. She is 16 months old now and her 2 fav signs are MORE and COOKIE. LOL!
ahavah
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I am! My babies are brilliant. LOL

I don't do Baby Sign, though. I'm teaching my kids proper ASL. Many of the Baby Sign signs are different from 'real' sign language, and, frankly, I don't really see the point of teaching them incorrectly.

I have found that 'more', 'milk', and 'cookie' tend to be the words learned most quickly. :)
ct_doula
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know that they were different. You learn something new every day! How old are your babies?
ahavah
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Not all of the signs are different, but many of them are 'modified' to make it easier for babies to do. Some are totally different. To me, that's like encouraging my daughter to learn baby talk instead of proper english: "I wuv oo". Does that make sense?

Anyway, Eden just turned three this month, and Ivy is almost 7 months.
ct_doula
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm confused? Lol
ct_doula
Mar. 13th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Nevermind, I read that wrong, I thought you said 3 months and 7 months. I need to go back to bed. LOL
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