Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All together now...


Playette has a friend. She sees him every day. They spend quality time together. She's got other friends, sure, but this one she asks for by name.

Bear Chair.

Remember him?

My child will sometimes sign "milk" and maybe, if you're really lucky and catch her at the right moment, "more." This is a cause of great frustration and sadness to me because her peers seem to excel in this area. Why not her?

Honestly, I'm not sure, but as I learned in a Leadership Development training course that I hated took at work a few years back, we all have strengths and developmental needs. Not weaknesses, developmental needs. This was stressed over and over and over again. Little did I know back then that the term would stick with me and actually be applicable to my life. Back then I thought it was kinda ridiculous, but, hey, I needed this as a resume bullet so whatever.

Anyway, so Playette has some developmental needs and expressive language is one of them.

But this past weekend, we realized that "Aaaaah Cha" is "Bear Chair" and I couldn't be more proud. There's no doubt this is what she's saying.

She has a friend and she knows his name.

And here's one for the "I spoke too soon AGAIN" category: right after I wrote this post, Playette signed "more food" a couple of times and got me all teary. She continues to amaze me.


sheree said...

aww! Love it! And she will CONTINUE to amaze you, and me, everyday!

Lisa said...

Awww, way to go Malea!

Jennifer Horner said...

Hi Crystal,
This is your San Francisco friend Jennifer. I love reading about your life and especially about Malea. So great that she is signing! I cannot wait for Vivian to sign, and get teary about all the thing she will do this first year. Have wonderful holidays, hope we can get together again!

Michelle said...

Wow, that is awesome!! And putting them together?! GREAT!

Ruby really only has about 4 signs. I think I Need to learn them better, to use them more. I keep forgetting them in mid-sentence.