Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eighteen Months

What a milestone. Our little man is eighteen months...a year and a half...officially a toddler. He continues to grow, learn, and amaze me.Noah's current stats are:

Weight: 28 pounds 1 ounce
Height: 33 inches

Long before Noah was born, Kc and I knew that we wanted to teach our child sign language. There is quite a bit of research that supports the benefits of teaching babies to sign and we thought it would be a fun way to bond with our little one. Little did we know, how necessary signing would be.

We have been showing and using signs with Noah for several months, but it has only been recently that he now understands that the gestures "mean something". Up until recently, he would sign a word if you prompted him to, but never sign independently. The first word he learned to sign on his own is "dog". Noah LOVES Sierra and whenever she would walk by, lick his toes, or bark, he would sign "dog". Once the "power of the word" became evident to our Little Man, his signing vocabulary quickly took off.

He currently knows dog, more, please, Mama, Daddy-O, kitty, diaper, up, Charlie, book, good-bye, eat, shoes, all finished, ball, game, car, telephone, and good-night. Thanks to the FANTASTIC, CAN'T GET ENOUGH, WAY TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS Baby Signing Time! DVDs, we are all learning more than we ever thought we would.

2 comments:

  1. My husband's sister is Deaf, and he & I both know sign language, so we wanted the boys to know, too. We loved these Baby Einstein DVD's: Baby's Favorite Places, Baby Wordsworth, and My First Signs. They are really entertaining for the kiddos, and have accurate signs.
    Good luck on continuing the teaching. It felt to me like a lot of work in the beginning, but now the boys sign so naturally, it was worth it!

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  2. Happy 18 months, Noah! Way to go with the signing! It is a VERY good thing! It saved us with Avery until he finally started talking regularly (at age 4) and it was amazing how quickly Evan picked it up by watching us sign with his big bro. We are looking forward to getting back into it with Colin.

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