Archive for April, 2007

First “sentence”

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

This morning, Charlotte kept asking for water. She’d drink then stop so I’d put it down. Then she’d whine and point, so I’d sign (and say) “more” “water?” She’d nod and I’d give her some.

Then she signed “more” and I said to her “more what?” and she signed “water”!

This is the first real two-word grouping she’s done! She’d often sign “more” but mostly that meant “food”. I’d say “more what?” and never get an answer. So this is a big step!

Dragging

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

So just now, Charlotte and I were playing with a long plastic chain. I dragged it in circles in front of her and around her. She laughed in delight!

Then I let her hold it and drag it. She kept stopping after a few steps each time, looking back at the noise.

Then, onto the rug, she turned to see why it *stopped* making noise!

It was fun, from tile kitchen., to hardwood, to rug! We walked all around the house, sometimes she would shake it to make it rattle!

Communication

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Charlotte gets *so* happy whenever she is understood! It’s like she did something big! She grins and giggles and wiggles like she’s so proud of herself!

POTTY!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Charlotte just signed “potty”. I said, “potty?” and she smiled, so I put her on the potty. She sat for a minute or two, then went!!! I said, “done?” and she signed done, so I put her back into her clean diaper!

HOLY CRAP!!!!! (Pun intended. :) ) IT’S NOW ALL FINALLY WORTH IT!!!!!

(Of course, that was an hour ago, and I just checked and, indeed, she had wet her diaper…so we’re not out of the woods yet! But we’re getting closer!!!)

Fears

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In the last couple weeks, Charlotte has started getting very clingy when she’s afraid. It used to be that she’d just cry. Now she’ll hear a truck go by and she’ll nearly clambor up me! She does this when she sees or rides the train at the zoo too.

Signs!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Charlotte has exploded into sign language! Here’s a list of all the words she knows:

In ASL:
Bird
Dog
Cat
Eat/nurse
Book
Flower
Ball
Shoes
Doll
More
Car
Teething pills
Milk (in bottle)
Biiiig cat (lion/tiger)
Yuck - take out of mouth
Done *
Potty *
Cold *
Hot (doesn’t sign, knows what it means)

Spoken words:
Wow
Socks
Shoe
No
That *
This *
Cold *
Cat *
Yummy yogurt *

(*said once or twice, but not consistently.)

Today, she added the sign for “cheese” - in ASL you rub your flat palms together like you’re squishing the cheese. Charlotte wipes one palm hard across the other.

As I was writing this, she signed “shoes” so I got out her shoes and she said aloud “shoo” and banged them together!

She’s really exploding into language!