When I think of Valentines Day I always think of LOVE.
One of the first signs I would do with my daughter was ‘love’. I knew she wouldn’t be able to sign that back to me for a long time but I still loved signing it to her.
I would sign this version of ‘I love you’ to her:
My husband, on the other hand, would always sign ‘I love you’ to her by pointing at himself for ‘I’ then signing this version of love, then pointing to our daughter for ‘you’.
We would both sign our versions of ‘I love you’ to our daughter. Then one day she started signing it back to us. For me she would hold up her hand with all of her fingers extended (she didn’t have the dexterity yet to hold down the middle and ring fingers) but it was so cute and so definite that she was signing ‘I love you’. And for my husband she would hug herself. I always thought it was cute that she would sign the two different ways to each of us.
Then one day I decided to mix it up a little and I signed ‘I love you’ the way my husband did and my daughter responds to me with, “No mommy, that’s ‘daddy love’!” It’s so cute that she associated the different versions of love with each of us. I kind of liked that we had our own ‘mommy/daughter love’ sign that was just ours.
Happy Valentines Day to you and the ones you love!
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Monthly signs are submitted by guest blogger, Laura Berg, My Smart Hands,