Leah is almost 20 months old already! I can't believe how fast this time has gone. She isn't signing many words, but is saying a ton. People that meet her are just amazed at the number if words she can say. She heard our kitty meow and without any prompting said, “Kitty cat say meow.”
As we head into what is supposed to be "the terrible twos" I don't see them being as terrible as they were with my other two children. The reason I say this is because we are able to communicate with each other. I think what is going to be the most helpful in the next stage is that she understands what “no” means. We were at the park for a picnic not long ago and she had milk to drink. She was just signing away to tell me what she had. She put a smile on a few people’s faces with that!
We recently were around a bunch if other children that were around Leah's age. Leah was the only one in the group of about 15 toddlers that would patiently wait her turn to play, wouldn't whine and grunt to get what she wanted, and didn't throw a fit when it was time to leave.
Because she has been able to communicate her needs to me since she was just a few months old she never learned the behaviors most children do to get what they want. I highly recommend giving your child the gift of communication as early as possible. You will be amazed at the outcome. I know I am!