On weekend evenings Paul and I often let the kids watch a Baby Einstein sign language DVD while we prepare dinner. We worry about them being underfoot in the kitchen and the hour before dinner is often a rather grumpy time for them. (Can you tell I feel some guilt admitting that we let our kids watch TV?)
Last weekend Atticus was having a particularly rough night, so Paul cuddled up on the couch with him for some downtime while Norah watched the DVD. To our shock, he realized both kids were performing almost all of the signs! Smart babies!
We've been doing a few signs with them since they were very little - milk, more, and our own rendition of "all done" which consists of hands held high in the air. That last sign came about organically at the end of meals and seemed like a good idea at the time. The reality, however, is that the hands held high in the air get tired quickly and need somewhere to rest. Both of them have begun to wipe their messy hands on their hair when they're done eating. It definitely doesn't expedite the clean-up process and isn't at all convenient when we're hoping to go out in public with them after a meal!