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:
I love you
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!