The boys' new favorite thing is "Signing Time" videos. We get them from the library and the love them! They ask to watch them and when I pop in the DVD they get hysterical with excitement. "Signing Time" teaches babies and kids sign language. They are made by a mom whose daughter (who also stars in "Signing Time") is deaf. The videos use lots of kid friendly tactics, some animation and original songs to teach signs. The boys are really picking up a lot. They love to sign and they are so stinkin' cute! Here are some signs that they have learned recently-
Dog- pat the leg (this is also their favorite word to say!)
Tiger- your hands are claws on your cheeks
Fish- move your hand like a fish swimming in water
Bird- move your thumb and forefinger like a beak opening and closing by your mouth (they have known this one for a while but it is still a favorite)
Grapes- "peck" up your arm with the opposite hand, like clumps of grapes on your arm
Sleep- stroke your fingers over your face, ending in a pinching motion
They are saying and signing new words every day. I love it and I know they do too. Every time they sign a word, they clap and and say "YEA!" I love these videos! Christmas or birthday presents, anyone? www.signingtime.com. I would highly recommend them. My favorite one so far is "Leah's Farm." Check them out from your local library!
With more independence in language comes more opinions about what they do like and don't like, and what they want to do and don't want to do. "No!" is also a favorite word these days, often accompanied by high pitched shrieks! I am praying for patience daily. But, even on the "worst" days (there aren't TOO many of those), Micah and Benji always come up and kiss and hug me. Micah, especially, is very affectionate. Oftentimes, I will be in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up and I feel two little hands on my backside and a big kiss will be planted right on my butt! I guess that tells you how tall their are! :)
The boys were 20 months yesterday! I can't believe it! They will be 2 (TWO!!!!) in only four months. Where has the time gone?