We started with a few signs and Dd took off with making her own. We think that once she figured out there was a nonverbal method of communication, she decided to make as much use of it as possible. The hardest part is when she has to teach us a new sign!
One thing I find really interesting, mentioned briefly above, is Dd's understanding of context. My mother, who reads to her a lot when I'm working, was worried about confusing her with the bark of a tree vs. the bark of a dog.
But Dd will use the same sign for different things, and it's clear what she means from the context. Like pillow and phone, both hand to the cheek. Lots of other examples my tired brain can't fathom right now. But I think it's really interesting to see that part of language develop.
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