He signs!!

This morning when Josiah woke up, we could hear him crawl around, talking to himself for a little while. For those of you who may not know, we live in a one-bedroom apartment and Josiah’s crib is about 18 inches from the foot of our bed. This arrangement has some definite pluses like being able to jump up to respond when he wakes up for no reason in the middle of the night. It also was nice when he was really little, and I knew when he needed to eat. But as anyone can imagine it definitely has its drawbacks as well.  

 Anyway, this morning as most mornings go, Josiah woke us up first by tossing his pacifier out of the crib and next by standing up and bouncing while he called out to us. This morning when I sat up he looked at me, opened up his hand, and then put it to his mouth very slowly. I asked him, “Do you want to eat?”, and he did it again! At this point, Dirk had sat up and witnessed it as well! We were both so excited to be communicating with him we started cheering, and Josiah started clapping and laughing!

Ah, it is amazing that we are starting to understand each other! Dirk and I have been signing to Josiah–mostly food related signs–for about 4 months, and he has been doing the ‘all done’ and ‘more’ sign off and on for a couple weeks. But this was so exciting to see him do a sign by himself–we haven’t seen him do ‘eat’ ever, and here he was trying to tell us to get out of bed because he was hungry! Amazing.

 We are going to have to learn more signs quickly as I have read babies go through spurts where they absorb signs very quickly. Yikes!

 Yesterday we taugh him ‘gig’em’, and he is working on it, but sticking that thumb up is tricky. He makes his hand into a fist and then tries by putting his pointer up. Its great. Its neat to see him imitate what we do.

 I’ll try to get documentation of these events, but you know babies…

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