Who Needs Sign Language?
March 30th, 2014
Because Birdie has nursed so much longer than her brother and sister did, I’m charting new waters as she gets older. For example, I have never breastfed a child who could clearly and unmistakably request a feeding (without crying).
I always meant to do sign language with all three kids but just never got around to it. Luckily for me, Little Bird doesn’t seem to need it. She makes her desires known in her own creative ways.
For example, when she wants to nurse, she hits me.
Yes, that’s right. If I’m sitting on the floor, my sweet girl will crawl across the room, park herself in front of me, and whack me with her palm – sort of like a slap to my leg.
If I do not immediate respond, she whacks me again, then climbs into my lap and starts tugging on my shirt.
I have started trying to introduce her to the “official” signs for “mommy” and “milk” but I can tell by the look on her face that she sees these as totally unnecessary.