I am always in awe of the infant mind and its ability to absorb and learn from the world around them so quickly and easily. We started signing with Violet at around 7.5 months old and in the past week or so she’s really been taking off with her own signing and especially with her signing. I still can not believe that when I first had Jacob I was such a skeptic and even after he proved us wrong and picked up on it quickly I still wondered if it was a fluke but not it seems Diva V is picking up the signs perhaps even faster than her big brother did. At 9 months old Violet is regularly signing back to us using eat and more and occasionally she will sign all done and milk but she also has a comprehension of other signs. I am particularly excited about using even more signs with Violet than we did with Jacob and its amazing to see that while she can’t sign it back yet, all I need to do is the sign for Cat and she is off looking for her four legged companion whom probably wishes I’d stop sending the baby after her!
I can already tell the positive impact that signing is having on our relationship with Violet because it is much easier for her to simply sign to us that she is hungry rather then start crying her head off and have us scramble to find out what it is that she is trying to say. It is at times like these, when I see one of my children so confident and responsive to a decision that I made for them, that I feel so great about our choices in parenting our children. I like the feeling that Mike and I have been able to make well thought out decisions about what is important for our family in regards to raising the children and then we get to see their marvelous personalities blossom and develop right before our eyes, under our guidance.
We get a lot of comments when we tell people that we use baby signing with our children and have found it to be helpful in developing their language skills as well as helping us have a more peaceful relationship with our kids…mostly, people are skeptical until they witness it for themselves. I think its hard to believe that a baby as young as Violet might be capable of communicating their exact needs to an adult but it’s scientific knowledge that babies do have the brain abilities to think it but no clear way of expressing it – baby signing helps Violet express her needs to us and relieves her of feelings of exasperation and frustration. When people ask about baby signing with a tone that implies that they think we are crazy, I simply tell them that they have to see it for themselves….come on over and spent a couple of hours with my kids and you’ll leave completely convinced that it works, it’s effective and is nothing but a blessing in both the child and parents lives.