Since this is supposed to be our version of a baby book… I really ought to write some updates of what Ada has been doing developmentally.
Language at 11 months
The past couple of months Ada’s language has really exploded. Ada has been both saying words and signing, and putting the two together. And she understands so much of what we’re saying. It really amazes me. Pretty quickly after learning the sign “all done” which we mostly use in the context of meal time, she was signing “all done” in all sorts of situations, like while standing in her crib, refusing to nap (which I could see thanks to the video monitor). Or when Ian does something silly that she likes, she’ll sign “more” and say “Da.” When I know she is hungry, I can ask her if she wants to eat or nurse and she’ll tell me which one she wants at that time. More and more often, the answer is eat. She responds to simple instructions. I can say “Can you give that book to Shiya?” and she will take the book and crawl to him and hand him the book.
- Da/ Dada
- Na/Na-ah (Nora)
- Eye-Ya (Shiya)
- all done
- night night
- And she also has been saying “Ada” very clearly for several months. But I don’t think it is fully realized yet.
- all done
- diaper change
- car (uses it for ‘going out/ going bye bye)
- woof woof (dog- but she also thinks giraffes and Elmo say woof woof too)
- tweet tweet (birds)
- quack quack (duck)
- baa baa (sheep)
- neigh (horse)
- Vroom vroom for any vehicle. It’s not an animal sound, but it goes into the same category in my head.
She is completely obsessed with dogs at the moment and says her cute little ‘woof woof’ all day long. She reminds me of the sounds of a guinea pig. If we go near a window near our side yard she’ll start to say woof, in hopes that Be is out there and might hear her.
I love hearing her new words. It’s just a little window into what she’s thinking. The other morning she woke up and called out excitedly “Na! Eye-ya!” first thing. I love that she woke up thinking about Nora and Shiya. Or when we talk about my mom (Grammy) she puts her hand up to her ear for “phone” since we talk to my mom a lot on the phone.
We’ve been using the Baby Signing Time DVDs to learn signing. They use ASL and teach us the signs along with Ada. Shiya really loves watching and learning along with Ada too. We watch it maybe once a week. I put it on while I’m making dinner and we watch it together. Just like verbal language, there are times that she will just absorb. And there are are times that she really seems to have an explosion of signs that she picks up seemingly all at once. And then we make sure that we use the signs throughout the day. Some become second nature.
There are all sorts of other ways of communicating that have also been really multiplying too. A couple of months ago she learned how to point. It’s such a simple thing that communicates so much! Ada loves to point to things while she’s eating (like the box of Cheerios sitting out on the counter) and sign ‘eat’ and ‘more.’ We try to keep extra yummy things, like Cheerios, out of sight during meal time. (Seriously, is there some special addictive ingredient in Cheerios?) Yesterday after lunch I put her down in the living room while I was cleaning up in the kitchen. She made a straight beeline back to the table and reached up, pulled down the box (when did she get tall enough to reach stuff off the table?!) and started eating Cheerios on the floor out of the box. She was so satisfied with herself. For a few weeks she would only eat banana if she could point and ask for it herself. She also points when we’re holding her in order to “direct” us to take her in a particular direction. I remember Ayrie and Shiya both doing this. It’s like the adults are just a vehicle.
She is really into books. We have a really amazing collection of board books that are mostly hand me downs from Ayrie and Shiya. She has clear favorites. They rotate, but right now books with dogs, photos of babies and touch and feel books are at the top of the list, though she’s now losing interest in babies and gaining interest in animals, but a month ago she was indifferent to animals. She also has a tiny little Richard Scarry book that she ‘reads’ during diaper changes. We have a book case in the living room that she obsessively, and thoughtfully, empties each day, usually stopping to look and turn the pages of each book as she goes. She holds the books upside down often, and flips to random pages, but is pretty good at manipulating the pages.
Other forms of communication: Clapping when she’s proud of herself. Waving – especially if we’re out and she can engage friendly people that she sees. And when she is either eating something yummy or thinking about eating something yummy, she says “nom nom nom.” I know I’m forgetting some things… but I just wanted to take note of this little moment in time because it changes so quickly.
As we near Ada’s first birthday, I have added photos from the past 11 and a half months to this album. If you want to save any, or have prints made, you can do it from this album. The photos are all at full resolution.
And I have been adding some family videos to my You Tube channel here. Ian’s been working on a project that I hope he finishes and shares. He’s been taking a short video each day and is hoping to compile them together.