We've been working with Elizabeth on baby sign language (the popular thing first-time parents try with baby #1, but that gets lost with subsequent children). We purchased a few books, and have been using signs on and off for most of the last 6 months. I was pretty convinced that she was just ignoring trying to use them. She seems to understand the sign for hungry (that one is important!), but everything else - whatever.
Until this past week. I noticed whenever she looks outside that she pinches her fingers together. Yup. She's making the sign for "bird." Bird?! It's no more remarkable than any of the other signs in the books. And yet as we visit at my parents house, where they have an pet bird, she insistently signs and says "Bird!" before she even reaches the room with the bird in it.
Go figure. Nothing useful like "change," "thirsty," "hungry," or "more." Just Bird.