September 4, 2006


Over the past several months, we have introduced sign language to the twins in an effort to help communication and limit frustration over failed attempts to communicate. Both understand a number of signs but Swee’Pea has begun using them herself more and more frequently. Some early signs they know are “milk,” “more,” “all done,” “I want,” “bath,” “nap time” and “play.”

The sign “more” is the most useful sign for both of them. While TheMonk will use it only after all else has failed, it has become Swee’Pea’s most favorite sign. In the past, if she wanted something she’d throw a small tantrum if she didn’t get it. But now that we can communicate, things are different.

For example both TheMonk and Swee’Pea love to push the buttons on my digital camera. If the camera is out, they scramble for it so they can feel the power of technology beneath their tiny little fingertips. On a recent day, Swee’Pea, seeing the camera on the couch, came over to play with it. I let her for a few moments but then I told her it was time to put the camera away. I picked it up and stowed it out of reach. She then looked at me with a very inquisitive look and signed, “More?” I shook my head and signed “all done.” She contemplated this for a quick second, nodded and crawled away to find another toy.

As she crawled away, I couldn’t help but think how cool it was that I just had my first conversation with my daughter.


  1. LOL! I’ve had moments like this with my Monkey-Moo…and yes, aren’t they a marvel?! Congrats!

    Comment by Lillithmother — September 4, 2006 @ 7:46 am

  2. Very cool.

    Comment by Deanna — September 4, 2006 @ 9:31 am

  3. that’s a great story. welcome to the beginning of communication. it’s a wonderful and hilarious and sometimes scary land, but it is far far preferable to the land of “WHAT DO YOU WANT?”

    Comment by laurie — September 5, 2006 @ 9:07 am

  4. So cute. I love the sign more. I think it saves so many people from a lot of frustration. Nata still does it, even though she talks. All the others have fallen away, but she still does the sign for more.

    Comment by Melissa — September 5, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

  5. Trantrum averted! What a logical child she is.

    Comment by Grandmother — September 8, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

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