The girls' comprehension is amazing. I can give them specific instructions and they follow them pretty well when they want to. (When they don't want to, they give me a sly smile and keep eye contact as they purposely defy me.) Though they still aren't speaking, they have learned 25+ signs in American Sign Language. C0nsidering that they have been home for less than 3 months and English is their third language, 25 signs seems pretty significant to me. They are a lifesaver in getting across Des and Bri's needs and wants. Here are some of the signs that they use regularly:
please, thank you, I'm sorry, I love you
more, food, drink, all done
hurt, wait, help, sleep, dirty
car, shoes, toilet, book, ball, plane, flower
dog, monkey, cat, fish, bear, bird
I have to admit that I will be over the moon when they finally say "mama" but for now it is amazing to see them pick up new signs every day.