To ease the transition and frustration of toddlerhood, Kyle and I opted to teach Savannah some basic sign language. She knows ‘more’, ‘all done’, ‘milk’, ‘eat’, and ‘please’. There are several others that we are working on, but the few she knows makes a world of a difference, especially at mealtimes.

Recently, she started putting her hand above her head and moving her fingers . We couldn’t figure out what she was trying to tell us, until today. Savannah was showing her brother some sweet attention, and my mom said to me that I should get a picture. As I pull out the camera, Savannah starts doing her “new” sign. It was then that we realized what it meant. Every time we take a picture of Savannah, we try to get her attention at the camera. This usually entails putting our hand over the camera and snapping. All on her own, she associated picture taking with that hand motion. She understand way more than we realize!

On another note, she has now decided that she only likes to give kisses to her brother–nobody else. We don’t even have to prompt her to do it either. Several times a day she spontaneously walks over to him and kisses him. She is such a sweetheart. I’m so proud of how she is making this transition to being a big sister.