The sign for “Cooper”
We are teaching Dylan sign language. Yes, like actual real American Sign Language (ASL), not baby sign language. I figured it would be good for him to know real signs, and I wanted to learn them, too. It is a foreign language you know! We have started with the signs for “eat,” “milk,” and “Cooper.” The sign for “Cooper,” which I made up, consists of holding your hands up to your head, palms forward, like a giant pair of Cooper ears (see awesome Photo Booth photo above that I just took of myself after a sweaty walk and with no makeup on). Yes, I checked first to make sure that gesture doesn’t mean anything offensive in ASL. We started about a month ago and I think Dylan signed “eat” the other day during lunch. I expected “eat” to be the first sign he used since it is the simplest and the one we are most consistent with (side note: consistency is hard!). He does seem to understand the signs for “Cooper” and “milk,” though, so hopefully he will demonstrate them soon.
Apparently once the babes get a few signs down and have that lightbulb moment that signing helps them get what they want, they start learning new signs at warp speed. I am very excited about this since Dylan seems to have inherited a bit of my “I want what I want when I want it” personality and I have some concern that he could end up being a tantrumy little guy down the road. He already complains intensely when he doesn’t get his way, so I am hoping that being able to communicate his wants will help cut down on his frustration. Even more than that, though, I am just really looking forward to getting a better idea of what is going in that little head of his. Obviously he has ways to communicate now through facial expressions, noises, laughing, crying, etc., but I just think it’s really cool that I won’t have to assume that a certain cry or gesture means a certain thing since he’ll be able to tell me with ASL exactly what he wants.