I am happy to say: I've figured them out!
Here's what I know:
- When he circles his pointer finger around his thumb, he wants JUICE.
- When he opens and closes his fist under his chin (the official ASL sign for frog, but I knew that wasn't what he really wanted to say), he wants ELMO.
- And our personal favorite: when he pats the back of his head, he wants any of the four of his GRANDPARENTS. Let me clarify: he usually wants one in particular, but the sign works for all for of them. Yep, that's right. He made up a sign for Grandma, Poppa, MaeMae, and Grandpa.
I feel like I should add to my resume: Sign Language Interpretor. I may not be able to communicate with the deaf, but I can figure out what my nonverbal toddler is saying, and somedays I'm not sure which would be more challenging!