Both his sign language and verbal language or coming along quite nicely – he’s up to 28 signs and even has a few words. I’m still fascinated by watching which language he chooses for different words – I think he chooses the easiest option. Back in November, Nicholas auditioned to be on a baby sign language DVD – he did really well, but the shoot date for the DVD is on hold. The day of the audition, though, CBC came out to interview the kids and parents about the benefits of signing with babies/toddlers for a segment on their show, Living Vancouver. Nicholas and I both appear in the segment, if you want to have a look. We’ve also been asked to present at a Baby Talk session for new parents. What fun!
Watching Nicholas learn the sign language is so much fun! A good friend made a good point, though, about something that I’m starting to have to deal with … while I understand his signs, most people in his life do not. It’s fun to watch other kids copying him when they realize how effective it is, but then their parents have no idea what their kids are asking for. The same thing is happening with the Spanish, too.
When we were at a playgroup today, he saw some kids sitting at a table with their snacks. He ran over to them and stood there rubbing his chest frantically … asking “PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!” It was so cute, but I felt sorry for him that they didn’t understand him. Thankfully, I was watching, so was able to swoop in and offer him some of his own snacks.
The huge benefits of the sign language are really starting to show now as his little brain wants to start communicating so many different thoughts and ideas. No matter how many food signs we learn, though, I think “cheese” will still be his favourite request. Oh, and “pez” (goldfish crackers).