All the Memories

January 1, 2017

Last night I made one more (real) New Year’s Resolution: to blog every day of January so I can get back in the swing of writing. If you’d like to keep up with this, my FB publishes posts, but also you can get email notifications by subscribing here.

This morning we turned on Baby Signing Time for Char. We used it with Bella when I was concerned about a delay in her talking, and it worked so well. She went from meltdowns of frustration to being able to sign important things she wanted us to know.

I wish we’d kept it up with her! The post linked above was 5 1/2 years ago O_o – I can’t believe it’s been that long. I can get easily caught up in the “if we’d just kept going imagine where she’d be” and have to remind myself that we’ve had a LOT happen since then. Baby Signing Time on a regular basis was the least of my worries.

We turned it on and the music flashed me back to watching Bella just a little bigger than Char, signing while I cleaned up our old apartment and planned out our days together. Life seems so simple when I think back. So – I don’t know. Not better, not that I would want to go back. But I think of it wistfully sometimes, the “not knowing what was to come” years.

I miss her little days. Having Charlotte often reminds me of so many parts of Bella’s early years that I loved so very much. Those were good days with her.

Char was fascinated with the show (I think most kids are, the Signing Time lady knew what she was doing). She knows “all done” and “more” but it’s hit and miss if she does it. What reminded me to start this again was my niece Emma. My sister and mom drove down the day after Christmas to spend the week with us, and when Emma needed something she would sign it.

I had so many of the DVD’s way back when, but three moves later who knows where they are (and I know some of them didn’t make it past Bella’s need to play with all things shiny). This one I rented off Amazon to see how Char liked it before we buy them. Bella started signing along and I realized that she could be a huge help in Char learning these. <3

If you all have any (simple) recommendations for teaching sign language to older kids, let me know. I would love to use that in our homeschool curriculum for Bella since she enjoyed it even this time around.


  • hyysterika

    January 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm is a great free signing website. I have used it to learn so much! It would be a good spot for you to learn it and then teach it to her. You could start with the first 100 words list and then go from there.

  • allietennyson

    January 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    There are around 8 seasons of regular “big kid” signing time videos that Bella could watch as well if you wanted her to learn an abundance of signs. They teach day to day phrases to specific ones such as “friends and family”

  • Kristen

    January 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I’ll definitely have to look into this sign language show, it sounds really great. So excited to be able to read more of your posts in January!

  • inbetweenthepiles

    January 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Yay! I’m so excited that I’ll get to read snippets about your life each day in January. That’s a great start to my year. 🙂

    1. Leanna

      January 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      So happy you are writing again! I love to read your posts. You are good at writing!

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