It dawned on me this morning that we might not be properly documenting some of the important events in Sonja’s early life. I don’t know if this counts as ‘documentation,’ but I hereby report that Sonja’s first word seems to be “uh-oh.” The day before yesterday we noticed that she was saying it regularly, and often in appropriate context, like when she purposely drops Cheerios from the table to the floor, or when she tips over the shoe rack near the front door.
She’s been using a few hand signs, however, for more than a month. Her first sign was “cat,” which she learned in December. The she learned to wave “hello” and “goodbye,” and began to use the “bird” sign. In the last few weeks she’s added “frog” (a current favorite), “eat,” “more,” “all done,” and (just this morning) “rabbit.”
She also does a lot of stuff that may be attempts to communicate something, but we have no idea what. For instance, she’ll sometimes slap both ears or the sides of her head while shaking her head back and forth. Perhaps she just likes to see what it sounds like, but it can look like frustration. Perhaps she’s bemoaning her fate at being stuck with such dull parents.