Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baby Signs and learning to communicate and our 2 month update

Since we have been home with the boys two months now, we are really starting to find our groove and settle in to a new normal routine.

We are now fully making our own food. A big huge thank you to all those who helped us with meals. It was such a fantastic help and words can hardly express how much we appreciate it. Our meals are simple and what I call a one dish meal, basically a casserole of some sorts.

I am back to schooling the girls. Another big thanks to Grammy for all her help in this area. We are able to get most of our school work done with minimal interruptions. The boys are pretty good with finding something to keep them busy in the school room while I work with the girls. Nap time is when we get our science done since that takes mommy presenting the lesson.

The boys can understand about 75% of what we say to them. And Tyson can communicate a lot back to us. We have learned to figure out what he has to say and he does all of his talking in English.

Even Tatum has some words he says. "Mama" being his number one choice. He has some made up names for Tissy - "Gigi" and Tally - "Allee" - and Chuck is most often "Abba".

We use signs with Tate. It has been fun to watch him pick these up. Here are some of the most common ones.

Thank you





They are learning new things every day. It is a joy to teach them and help them learn. Their world is exploding with information and we are just amazed at how they soak it all in. I hope this is an encouragement for those families that are preparing to bring new little ones home and are concerned about the communication situation. God's grace has been sufficient.


  1. Oh, I love the pics of Tatum signing!!! Bethlehem is learning so many signs too! So fun!



  2. I just love seeing your sweet family and hearing about what you've been up to. A blessing of a story to share. My girl sends her wishes to her new writing buddies and hopes they are enjoying the transition of having brothers. =)

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Cris! I can't wait!! Do you have a book with signs or a video?

  4. You are all so patient and encouraging with the boys and their language. And it is so fun to hear them and see their progress. Praise God!

  5. Both boys are just unbelievable. Hard to fully comprehend how much information those little brains are processing at lightening speed. What a miracle! So glad you are doing well!

  6. You are so patient and encouraging to the boys. And the girls too are so kind and sweet with them. What fun to see their progress and growth!

  7. So glad communicating is easier. Isn't it incredible how much little kids can take in?

  8. how wonderful that "mama" is his #1 choice :-) i love the pictures of all the signing!!!! they're both learning SO quickly!

  9. Sounds like you guys are doing great! I'm so happy for you! Wish I had a sweet grandma to come help while I homeschooled!!