Sylvia's getting more communicative with her signs, which is pretty cool (mostly). This evening, while I was visiting with a friend, Sylvia was rather adamant in her signing for milk, something I would have preferred to ignore given my fatigue and her inability to nurse longer than 30 seconds at a time. But since she signed, very clearly, I did nurse her and she nursed for a couple of minutes and went back to playing. She's also pretty good at more, and very good at pointing to things she wants.
As for speaking she doesn't have mama or dada down yet. She makes the noises, but not consistently in reference to either of us. I'm guessing that's not much of a surprise since Derrick and I don't refer to one another as mama and dada, so it may still be a while before she knows what to call us (or we realize what she is calling us). Nevertheless, tonight, after Derrick asked if she wanted to brush her teeth, Sylvia said, "buush teess, teess." Probably just an imitation of the sounds he was making, but still way cool.
(Of course, my father in law reminds me her first word was "snack" because of her cry, "nak, nak!")