Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dashiell's Favorite Words (and Signs)

He is such a boy! His favorite words are Ball and Car! Everytime we are in the car he says "car" atleast once!
For awhile there, several months actually, he actually stopped saying Mama. I was a little worried about him now I hear it all the time. I love it!
As far as signs he does Please by slapping his hands together.  I think only my husband and I now what he means! He does More a lot too. 
This weekend he started saying, "Yea!" in response to questions.  It's really cute!
The sign I've been teaching him this past week is Flower. I recieved flower from my husband (and my kids!) for my birthday and have been trying to remember to sign that as well.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Back to Signing Again

Dashiell is starting to pick up more signs.  His sign for "More" is more evident and he does it with his finger to palm like most babies do when they are learning. 
He has signed "fish" and "please" as well.  I taught him "please" because he grunts and whines for things and I wanted him to learn "please" early on!
He is also saying more words.  He says "All Done" it sounds like "a da". He also says, "car", "ball" and "bear".
He also says "Dada" a lot! He loves his daddy but now he calls me "Dada" as well.  At first I thought it was cute but now I'm looking forward to hearing "Mama" more again!
Have a great day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Animals at the Zoo

The zoo is a great place to teach signs.  This is the first time Dashiell was awake the whole time we were at the zoo.  I taught him as many signs as I could.  He did the sign for fish.  He really liked the fish! He was wide-eyed the whole time and love washing the fish swim around!
He also really liked the monkeys.  It was hard to sign monkeys while I was holding him but I moved his arm to do the sign.  He did make the sound monkeys make.  That was really funny!
This morning he did the sign for cat too! He just loves those cats! He was in his high chair and the cat was playing nearby and Dashiell was craning his neck to see him.  I said and signed Cat and he signed it back to me!
I know I haven't posted much lately but I recieved a comment about posting the sign on the blog so my followers can teach the sign as well.  I will be doing that but haven't had the time to work it all out! I hope you'll stay tuned!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Clapping and Pointing

Well, it's not signing but Dashiell has been clapping and pointing.  In this way he is communicating with us.  It is so much fun to see him pointing at the things he sees.  When he points we say the word of the thing we think he is pointing to.  The other night we went for a walk and his little hand was in the air the whole time pointing at trees and houses.  He's so cute!

He loves to clap too! He likes "If You're Happy and You Know It!".  We listen to a CD in the car and there is a clapping song that he always joins in.  I can see him in the mirror in the backseat clapping his chubby little hands. 

This is a great age to start signing because I know he has the ability to use his hands to communicate with us.  He isn't picking them up as quickly as his sister but we haven't been as enthusiastic with signing as we were with him. 

I am committed to signing with him and will try to find ways to incorporate the signs and remind myself to sign with him. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kitty and Cup

This week I'll be introducing Kitty or Cat and Cup to Dashiell. These should be easy since they are both objects he comes into contact with fairly frequently.

When he is chasing the cats, I will try to get in his line of vision and sign and say the word, "Kitty." He loves to chase the kitties! And he's fast so sometimes he catches them!

I also have a book I will try to share and sign with him about Kitties. Although reading to Dashiell is always a challenge. I can show him the pictures and sign the word for him. He won't have to be on my lap! He is always trying to dash off (hehe).

He is starting to drink more and more cow's milk and less milk out of his bottles. (Less pumping!) I'll sign cup with him while he is in his high chair with his cup when I give it to him. 

A favorite game he likes to play is when he throws his cup off his high chair and waits for some to pick it up.  Usually he looks at his big sister who loves picking it up for him! I can sign cup when I pick it up. "Where's your cup!" 

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Week's Signs: Bath and Ball

Every week I will be concentrating on two signs to teach Dashiell. I will share with you how I will teach the signs to him and integrate them into our lives.

This week's Signs will be "bath" and "book"

I will sign "bath" when we get in and out of the bath. I will sign the song from "Sign, Sing and Play!" by Monta Z. Briant.

Water, water in the tub
Bathtime, bathtime
Water, water in the tub
Baby's bathtime's here.
Wash the baby's nose
wash the baby's toes
Water, water in the tub
Baby's bathtime's here.

I will sign "book" when Dashiell picks up a book and when I sit down with him to read a book.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dashiell's First Real Word

Dashiell said "more" this morning. I am not the least bit surprised that his first sign was "more" and his first real word is "more". This is the sign we do the most while he is eating and the kid loves to eat!

It was clear as day and completely intentional. He looked right at me signed it and said it. He has said dada, mama and various forms of
Annabelle (Ah-nah, Nah-Nah, A-Ba).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dashiell & More

Last night I came home from work and Dashiell was in his high chair. Annabelle and I were catching up. I was trying to listen to her tell me about her day. Brian was in the kitchen finishing up dinner. He brought Dashiell's food in and set in on the table in front of him. He was fussing but I was distracted. When I looked over at him he was frantically signing more and looking at me pleadingly. Poor kid was hungry!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dashiell's First Sign

Dashiell starting eating solid foods at 4 months and we started to sign "More" and "All Done" and occasionally "Eat". He took to solids very quickly and is soon going to be eating us out of house and home. The boy eats a ton and was 23 pounds the last time I had him weighed. The past couple weeks I have seen him do "More". He puts his hands together whenever I sit down with food for him. I think within the next couple of weeks he will start to sign more so I am going to start signing more with him.