Friday, August 2, 2013

How Do You Sign "Pain in the Butt?"

Asking for more food.
Note the very serious, deadly look and the fact that
she still has her last meal on her face anyway. 
For the past several months, I've been trying to teach Lizzie some basic words in sign language. I started with just a few a few easy signs (nurse, more, and all done), and for over six months I diligently made the motions while my daughter simply stared at me, glassy-eyed with drool dripping down her chin. I was discouraged. I almost quit. But I'm quite a stubborn person. 

About a month ago she really figured it out. There was a sign-explosion. I was ecstatic.  She can communicate! Look at her cute little hands, honey! This euphoria lasted a good couple of weeks, until I realized that I created a little monster. 

Yes, I'm thrilled at all the new things she's learning. Every day she surprises me. And I now get a great insight into the mind of my little Elizabeth. And apparently I've been starving her. 

She has been signing "please eat" nonstop the past few weeks. Like, nonstop. When we wake up, when we are headed out the door, when she just finished eating, it's always "more," "eat," and occasionally "cracker" or "cheese," the two food items she's been interested in learning. 

Or if, on one of the rare occasions she is not still hungry, she realized that it is possible to negotiate a later nap/bedtime by asking for "book." And then "eat." 

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