After meeting with a speech therapist we decided to start teaching Cecily sign language. We figure it can't hurt and the research shows it helps with comprehension which is required in order for speech to develop. I was optimistic yet slightly skeptical because we have worked so hard just to get Cecily to wave "hi" and "bye" and nod "yes" and shake her head for "no". We started with a baby book and Noah and I learned a few signs. (Noah learned 2x as fast as me...) Then our Hope infant educator dropped by a Signing Times DVD. As we have shielded Cecily from TV and videos I wasn't sure if it was a good idea but I figured once again that it couldn't hurt. We plopped her and Noah in front of a small screen and voila! magic! Noah was signing about 15 words at the end of the DVD and Cecily said and signed dog! I was so excited - not a little excited - but a full dance around the kitchen with kids swinging and lots of smiles and laughter. I decided not to tell Daddy because I thought it would be more fun if I could recreate the moment after dinner.
So... I set up the laptop and asked Daddy if he could just watch Cecily for a moment while I did a quick thing for work. I queued the DVD to a few signs before dog and then I pretended to be busy with something else. I waited... and then bang, bang, bang - she was hitting her leg and saying dog when the doggy came onto the screen! Daddy jumped up (as I expected) and asked me to come over to see it! We celebrated again, this time as a family. There was laughter and tears but simply put - pure joy! We are so excited and we will continue to be proud of our little angel. She is a miracle and watching Noah teach her the signs (and me) is a new form of family fun! Thank you to Mary for encouraging (and not pressuring us) and we look forward to more moments like this. Onwards and upwards!
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