Lily signed her first word on Tuesday. She signed more when she wanted me to play her gobbling turkey I got her that day. She did it about 5 times and then wouldn't do it anymore that day. I couldn't get her to sign it the rest of the week either so I thought maybe she wasn't signing but just clapping since that is a fairly new thing she has been doing. So today when I was feeding her, I said "Mmmmmore," before giving her another bite (we're working on the mmmm sound). After hearing me say "mmmmore" she signed it! I didn't even sign it. Yay for Lily! I have been saying it and signing it all week though. She continued to sign more as well as say "mmmmm" during the rest of lunch. It figures that just as we're ready to stop signing and focus completely on oral communication, she starts signing. This makes me question our decision to be strictly oral. If she can communicate with us now, I want her to be able to. We may continue using a few signs for basic communication. Signs like more, eat, drink, hurt, milk.
Lily definitely wants to communicate with us. She has been hearing for a little less than 2 weeks and she is already imitating the ahhh sound and the mmmm sound after she hears me say it. Our journey has just begun, and we are so excited for the new things Lily will learn and do each day.