What a beautiful moment! Gabi signed her 1st word 2 days ago. It took me this long to get it on video. We are teaching the kids sign language (ASL) b/c it is easier for them to communicate their needs. Oral language takes time to develop & "milk" is a difficult word so it could be a while before we actually hear her say it but she now knows what it is & connects it to the milk in her bottle. We are VERY PROUD parents!
The sign for milk is to squeeze the hand in to a fist a couple of times as if you were milking a cow. In the video, 12 seconds in to it is when Gabi signs milk. Notice that I positively reinforce her action by giving her the milk immediately. I'm so excited about this! We have been signing milk to the kids since they came home. It is just about this time, 9 months of age, that children normally sign their 1st sign. Also, this will not delay speech in any way, it will actually foster their understanding of language. Here is the video!