Bean is waving now. When you wave at her, she holds up her hand then very consciously opens and closes the fingers. M is waving, too, or maybe it’s pointing, or a salute. Whatever it is it’s cute. She stretches her arm out straight, her hand reaching toward your face. Usually I kiss her fingers. Today I tried giving her high five. However you respond she’s excited about it. She grins that amazing grin where her two bottom teeth show, wrinkles her nose up, chuckles with sharp intakes of breath.
I’m pretty sure Bean knows how to say a word, too, “duck,” but I’m not quite ready to confirm it yet. I’ve also heard them say “book,” “ball,” and “banana,” but they’re all said in the context of repeating what I say so I’m not convinced they know what any of them mean. And mama and dada, they say those all the time, too. “Mama” seems to come more often when they are crying, though they are starting to say it at other times now, too. Do they know that’s us? They’re getting there, I think.