For the love of all that is holy –
WHY MUST BABY SIGNING TIME BE SO CATCHY?
If I hear myself sing those songs one more time, I will scream.
It works. Because after I wrote the post on Bella being recommended for speech therapy, I started to work with her on signs. Not really sure what I was doing, I started with “More” and went from there.
And we did ok. Except I had to continually Google what all the signs were. And sometimes I wasn’t real clear on how to do them still.
Then sweet Brooke from Whimsy Valentine sent me the Baby Signing Time DVDs. Brooke – you are amazing. You can go ahead and put “Sanity Saver” on your resume, list me as a reference. Then while watching the dvds, I wondered a lot of things. (You know you did too. Maybe about the outfit.) But mostly I wondered how Bella was going to learn from them – would she really *get* what they were saying and doing?
Then she signed milk. Eat. Dog. Cracker. Bathie. Up. Sleep. Help. Baby.
In a week.
It was like a different child came to live in my house. The tantrums of epic proportions? Cut in half. Of course she still has them, but I stop her and say, “Tell me Bella, what is it?” Most of the time she can sign something to me about it. The best part is she also has started to try to say the words while signing.
Every morning I pop in 10-15 minutes of one of them. We don’t have cable and Bella rarely watches TV so the moment it’s on she runs to watch it. She loves the babies, and that’s the part that she really picks up on. Seeing how the kids her age sign and then having them get what they sign for makes her do it.
I love them. In fact, as I was writing this I turned to Sam (we’ve spent all day packing for our El Paso move) and asked all panicky, “What did you do with my Signing Time DVD when we took the TV down?”
Thankfully he was spared a meltdown/mini stroke on my end when he answered it was still in the PlayStation.
So thanks Baby Signing Time. For changing our daily lives. For encouraging Bella to start speaking. And for putting songs in my head that I can’t stop singing no matter how very much I want to.