There are so many milestones that I love watching Avery accomplish. It was the sweetest sound to hear her little voice utter the word, “mama.” The second I saw her first smile, my heart melted. Most of these milestones were met around the time that the doctor predicted that they would.
Google is my best friend at the beginning of the month as I try to search for what she might accomplish in the upcoming month. There was one milestone that I didn’t see on any google searches and that the doctor didn’t tell me to look out for. It’s the milestone that probably means the most to me and made my heart full of joy when I watched her do it for the first time.
Yesterday afternoon I noticed that Avery was opening and closing her hand. She recently learned to say “bye bye” so I thought that she might have done the hand signal with it. She kept doing it over and over again and would quickly crawl over to me or reach her hands out to me. I went along with it and said “bye bye” back to her while waving. This game went on for about fifteen minutes as we sat and stared at each other waving bye. I was so proud of her for learning to say the word and have the hand movement to go along with it.
An hour later I get Avery ready to nurse. I walked over to her playing on the floor and told her that it was time for milk. I always talk to her through our daily routine activities and give her the sign language sign for each activity. I did it with Harlan and have done it with Avery since she was around four weeks old. Signing has become so much a part of our daily routine that I hardly notice that I am doing it anymore.
As I walk over to Avery and give her the signal for ‘milk’ she immediately crawls over to me, sits up in front of me and opens and closes her hand rapidly. Yes, the same signal that she was giving me over an hour before was not the sign for bye bye, she was trying to tell me that she wanted to nurse. It was as if everything clicked between the two of us. All of my hard work and dedication into teaching her these signs was finally starting to pay off and she showed me that she knew what I meant. It was the very first time that I have actually communicated with my daughter on an entirely new level.
I’ve known for a about a month that she knows what the sign means, but it is completely different when she can do it on her own. This brings our relationship to an entirely new level. Now instead of her fussing when she is hungry and wants to nurse, she can just use the sign.
This is only the first of many signs that she will start doing, but it is definitely the one I am most proud of.
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