After playing around a bit, I decided to discard the ASL for "sleep" on the grounds that I apparently lack the coordination to consistently sign that word correctly. So instead I cheated and used the "head on hand" thing that little kids are taught to do in various children's songs.
And, and, and - I'm 60% convinced that the baby has picked up on that and is deliberately choosing to sign "sleep" when tired, that she's not just messing up when aiming to rub her eyes or pull her ears. She's saying "sleepy".
While crying and shoving against me to prove that she's still quite awake, thank you very much....
This theory may need some work. (Though, in fairness, sometimes she does the maybe-its-a-sign and doesn't fuss as she falls asleep, so... yeah. I still think it's cool.)
Ana can now climb all the ladders at Jenn's office playground, up and down - without any encouragment or help. She used to get frozen and I'd have to tell her how to finish. And she went in the sprinklers today - yay!
Today's concert at Madison Square Park was the Dirty Sock Funtime Band.
Not exactly my taste - fun, just not what I'd choose - but Ana and Deniz enjoyed it considerably. Only thing was that an hour-long concert was really too much for them. By the end, they just wanted to go. We went back later and talked to the band, though, that's always fun. So I may take them to the Central Park concert, or the one in St. George later this summer. The songs were really *weird*
(one about how we have to think like the donut brain aliens to defeat the donut brain aliens comes to mind....), but for little kids, that's not a problem.
I'd like to get Ana set up with a penpal. I know she can't write yet, but I remember how when I was a kid, I loved to write letters, cover them with stickers, and mail them to my grandparents. Even when I was four (which is just one year older than she is now!), I'd harass my dad to get him to help me send letters to his mom. I was going to write to Seth and all, but I'm not sure if Lizziey is still interested, and anyway, the more the merrier, so if anybody has a three or four or five year old kid whom they'd like to "help" send letters back and forth for (you know how that goes....), that'd be great.