Before I had a baby I always thought I'd enjoy the cuddly newborn phase the most but now I think I'm liking this one the best. I love to see his little butt wiggle as he crawls across the floor. He's just starting to learn to dance and it's cute. The expressions are so innocent. And when I do hold him he's not constantly wiggling so he's actually more cuddly in a way. And books! He just loves to have stories read to him (more cuddle time!).
And so many things are happening so fast these days. Just after writing the post the other day about his first words he decided to show off a little more.
Last night he immediately got fussy at dinner. I thought he wanted cheese and was telling him that he had to eat his sweet potatoes first and then he did a funny little sign that looked kinda like milk but his hand was right next to his mouth. I'd seen him do it once before and I said, "No, no milk now." But he fussed more and did it again.
Then it hit me, "Oh, you want juice." That was his interpretation of juice. We put some juice water in a cup and instant happiness.
That was just so awesome to see him do that. I get more excited about new signs than words.
He's not a baby sign language prodigy or anything, but he's making progress. Most signs we've had to work for a long time to get him to pick up. But we really just started using juice so I was pretty surprised. His sign list now includes milk, more, all done, eat, and juice. We do mommy, daddy, and kitty for him too, but we aren't consistent enough with them yet for him to pick them up. We just started cheese. I think he might be motivated to pick that one up quickly.
We've also been doing no a lot lately. It's such an easy sign to use and he totally understands it! He's testing boundaries a lot now and we use it quite a bit but he's pretty good natured and stops doing whatever he's doing when we use it. We tell him no when he's shaking his sippy cup all over, trying to pull the night light out of the socket, and trying to mouth the cat toys (oy... the cats are trying to corrupt him).
I'm pretty pleased with the baby sign language. It's really pretty easy to learn a couple of signs and it helps him communicate with us. I hope we are able to keep expanding.
And on the verbal stuff, after dinner last night we said and signed "all done" to him and he said back, "Not done." Me and DH both looked at each other to make sure we both heard that right.