Most people who read my blog realize that I'm a huge fan of signing with your baby. It's the perfect first language to teach a baby who can understand language way before they can speak one. It's been fascinating watching my girls communicate with sign. Now at age two they have a huge spoken and signing vocabulary. The other day while waiting in the doctors office there was another little boy in the waiting room with us. My girls pointed to him and signed "boy" and said "baby." The mother of the little boy told me he was two. I told her that my girls were the same age. She asked me if they were turning 3 soon, because her boy just turned 2 in early January. I told her that my girls turned two at the end of December. I'm just saying this because it was remarkable difference. This little boy was making baby noises and grunting for communication. He was really cute and lively, but I couldn't believe he was the same age as Maddie and Izzie. That isn't to say that is always the case. Several of my friends have kids the same age who didn't use sign language and their kids don't seem that different from Izzie and Maddie.
But for me, signing made communicating SO much easier with two babies. Now that they don't really need signs to communicate they still love to sign. Maddie frequently says to me, "I don't know the sign for (fill in the blank.)" So I go look it up on the computer for her. She loves learning new signs as fast as I can give them to her. Tonight John was quizzing the girls in a creative way. He was telling first Maddie and then Izzie, "I don't know the sign for snake, can you teach me?" And they were getting so excited to teach Daddy a sign. Izzie lately is focused on making sure her fingers are actually held correctly. (Which is another HUGE benefit of signing, it teaches fine motor control at a very early age.) Today I had to show her how to make the I LOVE YOU sign (middle two fingers in the palm; pointer, pinky and thum sticking out.) She wanted to show teddy and she had to make sure she was doing it exactly correct! It was too cute!