Friday, September 11, 2009

A Sign and an Award

When my boys were about 15 months old they didn't seem to be talking much and had very little interest in walking. We started seeing Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapists. On the very first visit from the Occupational Therapist, she taught us all the sign for "more." The boys started using that sign the very same day. We found out that they could understand pretty much everything we were saying, they just weren't verbalizing the words themselves.

So, for the last couple of months, every once in a while, when I would ask Daisy if she wanted "more" of something I would also use the sign.

More - The thumbs and fingertips of each hand are held together, and the fingertips of both hands tap together several times. Represents gathering more things together. *photo and instructions from*

Last weekend, after Daisy had finished eating her first ever banana chocolate chip cookie she did this:

Silly Smartie! It took me two days to get her to perform for the camera. I'm so excited about her new skill that I'm going to try to teach her a few more signs. Here are a few that I found at **Update: My sister let me know that I forgot to add what the sign actually meant. I added the meanings to go with the actions! Man, I'm tired!**

Mom - The thumb of the sideways "five" hand taps the side of the chin several times. Fingertips may wiggle.

Eat - The fingers and thumb, held together as if holding a small piece of food, tap the mouth several times.

Pain - The two index fingers tap together several times at the location of the pain. The face should show a pained expression.

Play - The "Y" hands are shaken, pivoting at the wrists, representing the shaking of a tambourine.

It has been almost a month since Brandi (one of my favorite bloggers) awarded me with this:

The rules here are to pass the award on to 7 bloggers who I think are honest in their blogging and to list 10 honest things about myself. Here goes:

1. I was born and raised in UT (any questions? It’s ok! Ask!) We now live in AZ and the only time I miss snow is at Christmas. Although, I occasionally missed snow at xmas even in UT.

2. I don’t color my hair. It used to be quite a bit lighter but has gotten darker with each baby. Not too bad though for someone with dark eyebrows!

3. I DO NOT like to fly. Part of the reason is because I don’t fly very often. Last flight was Feb. 2008 and before that was in May of 2007. The other reason and really the true cause of my fears is that I love to watch “Seconds From Disaster” and “Air Emergency” on the National Geographic Channel. Why do I torture myself?

4. My Mom and I both have twins. Twins don’t run in the family, infertility does. Gotta love chlomid!

5. I am terrified of spiders and the only way I dare to kill them is to throw phonebooks at them! My brave Bailey has to rescue me sometime and he will put a jar over the spider so Daddy can dispose of it when he gets home.

6. I am a ScrapLifter. I love to scrapbook, but I am not creative. Proper photo placement is not my "thing." I can however follow a pattern. Anyway, when my family looks at our albums they aren't going to know that I copied the layouts from somebody else!

7. I do not like to eat meat unless it is surrounded by some sort of bread/bun!

OK, this is why it has taken me a month! My sleep deprived mind can't think of anything else right now. I will add more if I can come up with anything else of interest!

And I am going to pass the award on to:
Made in Canarias
Pair Slices
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments
A Nut in a Nutshell
Clay in His Hands
Messy Cars and Muddy Shoes
Granola Mom 4 God

Thank you and Goodnight!


Ave said...

Wow! Thanks Heather! I will go and add this to my page :)

Brandi said...

That was a great "7" things! ;) Scapliter.... funny! :)

Brandi said...

HA! I'm trying to eat breakfast and type... I meant "scraplifter"!

Kari @ p.s. said...

I don't color my hair - haven't for 4.5 years. Looking dark and maybe blah, so I'm thinking of good ole lemon juice, honey and camomile to lighten it up a bit!
And, I don't like spiders either. At all.

Thanks for stopping by my post the other day - just wondering if you found any treat in the pantry as good as the pics I had on my site from Claimjumper???? :o)

Have a great weekend.

Kim said...

Awesome! Thank you! It has been fun getting to know you through your blog. I can't wait to play along.

blueviolet said...

Thank you so much for the award! I really appreciate it!!!

{Jamie} said...

That video is too cute! Don't you just love how smart kids are! They pick up so fast!

Heliotropism said...

Those were great things to learn about you!

We did signing with my son too. It was amazing how quickly he picked it up, and I really think that is why he was able to verbalize his wants and needs at such a young age and talks as much as he does now.

Jules said...

I love the "more" sign. My granddaughter just turned one and still doesn't use words. She understand everything you tell her, but just doesn't talk back. I taught her the "more" sign a couple months ago and she uses it when she is hungry.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

First... I love your video! Too cute! And I think that baby sign language is awesome! Never heard of this when ours were, the first time I did see some amazing clips on You Tube of signing babies was about 3 or 4 yrs ago. Another reason I cant wait til we have grandbabies...haha I want to teach them baby sign language!

2nd...I just got this award and wanted to pass it on to you...but now that I am finally catching up again on your posts...I see that you've already been awarded! I love your list :o) haha

...I admire that you have your photos in scrapbooks! I started one, but at this point...I'd be thrilled to just get the billion photos organized!
...spiders, for me...not too bad... on teh other hand, roaches! YUCK! I would love to have had twins :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Laura said...

I used sign language with my son and it was a life saver! Very few tantrums because he would sign his needs to me. We even got to the point of stringing mulitple signs together. I say buy a book and go for it with your daughter, you will be amazed at how you two can communicate.

Laura said...

I used sign language with my son and it was a life saver! Very few tantrums because he would sign his needs to me. We even got to the point of stringing mulitple signs together. I say buy a book and go for it with your daughter, you will be amazed at how you two can communicate.