Manners are important to Zach and I. We want to raise polite, respectful, gracious children. To that end, as Staley began talking, we wanted to make sure 'please' and 'thank you' were part of her early vocabulary. She caught on pretty quickly and regularly peppers her conversations with 'pese' and 'dankoo.'
Staley has learned that 'please' is a powerful word. When she wants something, she almost always uses 'please' to make her request known. And if she REALLY wants something, she uses multiple 'pleases' along with the sign for 'please' to make sure her request is not missed. Since Staley has had her first true illness over the past few days and was much less active and perky than usual, we've spent a little time cuddling on the couch watching Baby Einstein videos. Staley never gets to watch TV at home, so this has been a special treat. On Thursday night (the beginning of her sickness), we watched a Baby Einstein farm video. It had a sock puppet cow that caught Staley's fancy. Since then, Staley will ask to watch this video multiple times throughout the day. 'Pese. Cow. Boo (Moo). On (Turn the TV on).' Over and over. 'Pese. Cow.' 'Pese. Pese. Cow. On.' 'Cow. Boo. On. Pese.' Please is always a part of this reqeust. And although we haven't given in each time she's asked (because otherwise we'd have done nothing else), we have watched this video more than a few times these past several days.
Staley has mastered the art of using 'please.' Thank you, however, is a little trickier. She will always use 'thank you' when we prompt her, but using it on her own has taken a little more time. When Staley hands us things (her toys, food she's done eating, items she's not supposed to have), we always say 'thank you.' Staley has picked up on this. When we hand her things, however, she doesn't say 'thank you.' But she always says 'dankoo' when she hands us things. When I'm folding laundry, she will take each item out of the basket, hand it to me, and say 'dankoo' as she's handing it to me. Like 'thank you for taking this item from me.' And although it's not quite the right use of the word, it's so very cute. And at least she's gracious about giving things away.