Friday, January 18, 2008

More, More, More

We were all sitting at dinner last night - excited that Jason was home to eat with us (lately he doesn't get home until Antalya has already gone to bed). Antalya finished eating what was on her tray. I had my fork in one hand, so instead of signing and saying "more?" I just asked her if she wanted more. Of course I didn't expect a response. Even with several months of me signing and talking in two word sentences, it seemed as if Antalya was still no where closer to understanding the idea that words mean things.

So I asked her if she wanted more. Without a moments hesitation she quickly put her fingers tips together forming the sign that means more and looked up and smiled at me. Oh what a moment! I feel as if a new door has just appeared and we have stepped inside - the door to learning through language. Antalya has begun to understand language and communicate back to us what she is learning! I have always known that she would learn to sign and eventually speak words, but I am still awed at the miracle of it.

11 comments:

Jill Hunt said...

That is wonderful! I am sure that is a moment that you guys will never forget. It really is amazing what little ones pick up! I am so happy for you guys!

Sonja said...

Hurray!!! :D

Taralee said...

Way to go Antalya!

Jan said...
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Jan said...

Super! What an exciting moment for all of you! Dad and I wish we could have been a fly on the wall to witness this great connection happened.

Christine said...

Hey Sunny,
Congrats to Antalya and you too! Let the conversations begin!

Jeni and Alan said...

That is so exciting! Congratulations.

The Leck's said...

Yeah Antalya!!! That is so wonderful! It seems like we sign forever before they actually get it...but it is such a joy when it comes:)

Debbie said...

Thats so neat! Congrats Antalya!

Becky & Joseph said...

How awesome! I am so happy for her progress! Now maybe she can teach Sophie how to sign cuz I can't get her to to save my life! :)

Alexis 18 said...

that is so exciting! I have just starting working on the signs with Leah and she doesn't seem to get what I am saying. She does give us a pouty face when we tell her no-she is getting that word!