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.