Signing has exploded. Zoe is signing more, milk/nurse, up, eat, water, play, and potty/diaper. I *think* I've seen efforts for sleep, thank you, and brother. She supplements these signs with her own brand of creative signing (like pointing at my chest or patting her own chest if I'm not responding to the milk sign quickly enough) and a hilariously emphatic nodding of her head. Signing is amazing. The constant shrieking I was complaining about last month? It's all but gone. She's happier, I'm happier, we are all happier.
The emphatic head nodding is possibly my favorite thing ever. It seems like it's her way of encouraging us when we are on the right track of guessing what she wants - but it makes her seem like the most agreeable baby in the world. It doesn't really matter what we say, as long as we say it with a high question inflection - she will nod her little head furiously - trusting, hoping, that we are understanding what she is trying to convey. "Zoe, do you want me to pick out all your brothers boogers and sprinkle them in these scrambled eggs I'm making for you?" *yesyesyesyesyes* "Zoe, do you think it would be fun to grab your hat, the diaper bag, the stroller and put on my shoes only to decide against a walk and put them all back?" *yesyesyesyesyes* And so on, and so on. We can play this game for hours.
If she is very absorbed in an object/activity and I let go of her hand she will stand on her own for a decent chunk of time. The moment she realizes she is standing, though, she will plop down onto her bum.
|Sibling Nap with Diaper Pillow. Classy.|
|More stroller napping|
|On daddy's shoulders|
|Partners in Crime|
|Soon Leo will be a spec behind her ear in|
these lap pictures
|Licking my water|
|Sunshine and Grass|
|Girl Loves Grass|
|First visit to the Zoo|