The First Class.

This is the first of my posts to our sweet Gigi, recording the process of her adoption, and all that goes with it.

Hi sweet girl,

I wanted you to know that in the midst of all the hubbub of my quitting my job, your big sister recovering, and the big home renno, I took my first ASL class tonight.  For the next four weeks I’ll be taking classes twice a week in 2.5 hour blocks.  At first, I was sure 2.5 hours was going to drag on and on.  I have a short attention span, and doing anything for even 25 minutes takes concerted effort for me.

This was worth it.  I loved it.  I loved the idea that this was going to get us one step closer to communicating with you.  It felt like one step closer to you.  I am never more determined to learn or to do then when it comes to learning or doing for my kids.  I am determined to learn this for you.  Tonight I was told that only 3-5% of hearing parents with deaf children learn to sign.  No judgment, just surprising to me.  I can’t see any other way of really understanding you then giving you every tool we can to communicate.

I’ll keep at it, and hopefully, by the time I get to come for you, I’ll be proficient enough that we can learn and grow together.

–FullPlateMom, who wants her sweet girl to know…VC009-I_Love_You_sign_language_hand_sign_with_heart-Vinyl-cutout

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