Friday, May 02, 2008
We've had a cold-snap, and I've been able to dress-up Sheena in her leopard suit. In this photo she was running around the house roaring like a lion.
She's been a little unsettled with creche recently - only late in the afternoon. I'd been blaming it on the fact that she only manages about a 1 hour nap at creche, but always has a two hour nap at home.
However, it occurred to me this week that she might be just hungry, because she's usually after a decent snack around 4pm. She starts signing for food, points to the kitchen then goes in there and sits or stands near the pantry and does the biscuit sign (for a cracker) or the sultana sign. This is all really easy for me to work out, because 1. I am her mum, and very in-tune with her, and 2. She has my full attention at home and I see her sign-language every day. Anyway after I suggested it at creche, it worked! They said she started to get a out-of-sorts at 4pm, and they gave her a snack and some milk. She was very happy when I picked her up and stayed that way until bedtime. Makes for a much more pleasant evening. Isn't it great when something so simple works and makes life happier for everyone.
I might go into creche for an hour or so soon so that I can help show the carers her main signs. We see them very clearly, but I suspect its hard for the child-care workers to determine what is her mucking about playing, versus her trying to sign something. While she's playing, she constantly signs, like "dolly", or "baby dolly sleeping", but I suspect they don't see a lot of this.