To make up for her lack of consonants, Bridgette likes to shout out her vowels with verve. It's noisy, but we're simply excited she's making more of an effort to speak!
I am amused that she now prefixes most of her words by the sound "uh" -- as in "a mint." Only the "a" is both elongated and enunciated, "uuuuuUUUh mihh!"
At some point, I'm sure she'll realize that "a," "an," and "the" are helpful articles and not part of the word itself.
In the meantime, we have conversations like this:
"Bridgette, would you like a chicken nugget?"
"uuuUUh nUhhieeeeee!" (That's my favorite - "Nuggie" - cute!)
"Bridgette, look! There's Ming-Ming!"
"Bridgette, here comes Daddy!"
Unlike Daddy, I am not honored with a prefix, but Bridgette still calls me "Mamo," and that's pretty darn adorable.
I'm equally amused that she's starting to make up her own sign language too. This isn't surprising because she understands virtually EVERYTHING we say to her. With good comprehension, it must be frustrating for her not to be able to communicate with her tongue.
We should probably get back to teaching her actual ASL, as it seems easier for her to use her fingers than to speak with her mouth. Just today she told me she needed to wash her hands by holding them up and sort of wringing them in front of her face. It took me a moment to understand, but it was really very proactive of her.
And now, here are some of my favorite photos from this week:
Tricked you! I'm just a little kid!In a dress.