She signs!


We have been signing to Mackenzie for lots of months now, and though she recognized many of the signs, she never signed back to us.

… until a few days ago.

She learned to say “more” while Scott was feeding her a banana. He was thrilled.

Naturally, he was eager to encourage her communication, so he forked over another bite of banana every time she signed for it.

The girl ate two whole bananas, signing “more” enthusiastically the whole time. And that was AFTER she’d already had grapes and oatmeal.

Unsurprisingly, she is now a signing machine.

Bob and Weave

She’s also a head nodder. Sometimes I think she “gets it” because she’ll nod “yes” when I ask if she wants something to eat or drink. Other times I think she’s like Viktor Navorski in the movie “The Terminal”.

Airport Official: “Do you know anyone in New York?”
Viktor: “Mmmm… Yes.”
Airport Official: “Who?”
Viktor: “Yes.”
Airport Official: “Who?”
Viktor: “Mmmm… Yes.”
Airport Official: “No, do you know anyone in New York?”
Viktor, nodding vigorously: “Yes. Yes.”
Airport Official: “Who?”
Viktor: “Yes.”

Except in our house, it plays out more like this:

Me:: “Do you want to come take a walk with Mama?”
Mackenzie: (head nod)
Me:: “Or, do you want to stay and play with Daddy?”
Mackenzie, after a thoughtful moment or two: (head nod)

Or like this:

Me, trying to interpret her enthusiastic arm waving: “Are you all done?”
Mackenzie: (generous amount of head nodding)
Me: “…Or did you want some more beans?”
Mackenzie: (nods, while opening her mouth and simultaneously bobbing and weaving so as to prevent me from actually putting anything in her mouth)
Me, subconsciously nodding in sync with Mackenzie: “Ah, I see.”

About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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4 Responses to She signs!

  1. Steve says:

    Are you guys fluent (is proficient a better word?) in ASL or have you learned basic gestures?

    My brother and his wife both sign with differing levels of ability, but their son also signs. He was able to communicate pretty early and now that he is almost two, he has an amazing vocabulary, even knowing what an otoscope is and how to use it in a sentence!

    Anyway, I think it is a great idea. I am happy for your success.


  2. Steve says:

    Actually, I think my nephew is almost three. Signing still is a good idea.


  3. beanland says:

    @Steve: I should have clarified. We only use a handful of “signs” with Mackenzie and they are probably not ASL-correct. They are just easy ones that require little coordination and have lots of uses:

    All done
    Thank you


  4. Camille Craw says:

    Congrats! That’s such a fun moment (and cute) when they sign back to you! Thanks again for hosting John.


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