We did it! We finished our last Baby Sign Class. It's kind of a bittersweet moment.
On one hand, we were able to socialize with other parents, we got to do something meaningful as a family, and Baby was able to experience something new and educational. However, on the other hand, it was such a hassle. Sunday afternoons seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but there's a reason for the weekend. When we are working full time all week long, going, going, going, we need our days of rest. Saturdays were usually spent cleaning or working, so Sunday was our last chance to regroup before starting the week again.
Today's class we were fifteen minutes late. We were tempted to just skip it all together instead of slinking in late, but since it was the last class, we couldn't do that.
We snuck in and they had just finished going around the circle and updating everyone on what the babies had been up to lately. We were able to share that Baby is now signing for a bunch of stuff.
For example, just today we were visiting her uncle when Baby went over to a chair in the kitchen and patted it. We thought she just wanted to be a big girl and sit on the chair, so we put her up there. Then she patted the table and made the sign for eat. She was telling us she was hungry! I got out her snacks and she was a happy camper. How cool is that?
She is also very adept at signing for "outside." She absolutely loves to go outside and enjoy nature. Thus, whenever she is near a door she will sign to go outside.
Among those signs are the sign for "light," "all done," "bath,""comb," "shoes" and I think that might be it. It's really neat to see her communicate with us. I was trying to figure out if it's cut down on the screaming that she was starting to do, and I really think it has.
So that's what we shared when we walked in to class.
Class was all about the park today. There was also a blow up baby pool with a bunch of balls in it, like a makeshift ball pit. Baby was transfixed by it. She stared at it for a while. Then she slowly made her way up to it. She touched it. She pushed on it. Then she climbed in and hung out.
The other parents had their cameras with them and were taking pictures of their babies at the last class. Was I supposed to be doing that too?
I'm so bad at this keeping track of things business. I kind of regret not taking any pictures now. It would have been really cute to put in her baby book. Oh, yeah, the baby book. That's on my list of things to do.
Anyway, back to the sign class.
We learned the signs for things at the park, like swing, slide, run, ball, and flower. I think there were more but I really don't remember.
I appreciate what the class has taught us, but for the next section I'm just going to teach her out of a book. We'll see how that goes.