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1. I woke up this morning to the dulcet tones of my daughter, Asia, crying. I peeked into her crib and she stopped sobbing. Her tiny fingers started bobbing backwards and forwards to her mouth. What was she trying to tell me?
2. I reached down and picked her up. Quietly, so as not to disturb mommy, we walked downstairs and turned on the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". Asia sat in her high-chair as I reached for the strawberry-flavored yogurt. With lightning speed she rejected the spoon and its contents. As the spoon clonked on the floor, she smiled and began opening and closing her fist. What was she telling dad she wanted for breakfast?
3. After breakfast we settled in for a game of stacking blocks and knocking them down again. No child seems to get bored of this game no matter how many times the tower is built and smashed to the ground. I got bored first and reached for a squeaky yellow duck. Suddenly, Asia was standing wobbly on her little legs rubbing her tummy in big circles. What was she communicating?
4. Suddenly the whole house started to shake as buffaloes dressed as Asia's siblings hurtled down the stairs. Asia could barely contain her emotion and her whole body bounced up and down. Asia's hands were also bouncing up and down with her thumbs and pinkies extended. What was she signing to her sisters and brother?
5. Not far behind the buffaloes there appeared another significant member of the family. Asia's little face lit up into a big smile and her thumb started to bounce against her chin. Which favorite person had Asia seen come into the room?
6. I was grateful for this timely entrance because a strange odor had permeated the room and Asia was standing on her tippy-toes prodding her hips with the first two fingers of each hand. What emergency was the little girl communicating?
7. Phew! With the 'emergency' taken care of, it was time for Asia to join the siblings in converting the front room into a jungle castle complete with huts, watch-towers, a large river, and the requisite jungle animals. The older girls became cheetahs and zebras. Her brother transformed into a giant gorilla. We were all a little perplexed with Asia as she crawled around on all-fours making strange gurgling noises. Finally, mommy asked her what animal she was and she began pulling one hand over her head and down her back. What was Asia pretending to be?
8. Building a jungle kingdom was exhausting work and made all of the animals hungry and thirsty. Mommy pulled some frozen lollipops from the freezer. Asia's hand immediately went into circling spirals on her belly. With her precious "sugar-on-a-stick" secured firmly in her paw, she took the other hand up to her chin and then extended it away from her face. What words were being communicated?
9. Daddy managed to sneak off to the office to get some work done, all the time resisting the temptation to play "FunTrivia." Meanwhile, the children continued to play hard all day. All that wallowing in the Savannah mud pools had made the little hippos dirty. Mommy knelt down to pick Asia up and asked her if she wanted a bath? What sign did Asia give back to her mommy on hearing the word "bath?"
10. After a hard day at work there is no warmer experience than being accosted at the door by your four children. Asia, already bundled up in her fleece pajamas, is off to bed. I put my hand up in the air with the palm facing her, my thumb, pinky, and index finger standing to attention and my second and third fingers curled into my palm. This is the sign for "I Love You." Mommy has taught her a new sign and she takes her left arm and extends it horizontally in front of her and then takes the right hand to her chin and in one movement the hand disappears over the left arm (horizon). What cool new sign did my little girl learn today?
Source: Author coachpauly
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