Friday, March 16, 2012

A List of Abby's Signs

When people ask how many signs Abby has, I usually say about 20.  Truth be known, I'd never counted them all up.  The other day at the JHH specialties clinic, I ran into an amazing 13 year old I know who is staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  He'd never met Abby, so he was asking some questions about her.

Side note:  I LOVE the innocence of kids:  "What's that thing on her neck?"  "So, does it just go around her neck, or does it go inside of her?"  "Is she going to get better?"  I wish adults would just come out and ask those questions, rather than staring!  I eagerly answered all of his questions in kid-friendly terms loudly enough for the gawkers nearby to hear.

The boy saw Abby sign "more" to me and asked how many signs she had.  About 20, I replied.  Then he asked what signs she knew.

Hmmmm.  Her nurse and I started listing some...and we realized that she had a lot more than 20!!

Over the past three days, I've kept a list in the kitchen of all of Abby's signs.  I started out with 24 that I could think of off the top of my head and it has now grown to 39!

Here are Abby's signs:

Thank you
Please
More
I'm sorry
Puzzle
I love you
Dog
Cat
Clean up
Walk
Stand
Dance
Again
Touch
On
Off
Yes
No
Bubbles
Momma
Daddy
Caleb
Mine
Abby
Go
Baby
Eat
Music
All done
Want
Wait
Stop
Jesus
Amen
Up
Down
Wash hands
Fish
Fan

That's a lot of signs for a girl who's not quite 17 months!  She's learning about a sign a day now, so I'm sure that list will grow rapidly.  Go Abs!

2 comments:

Raelyn said...

Go Abs, indeed!! 39 signs!! That is so incredible!! ;-D

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! 39 more signs than I know!!!!