Lucy Gray is an 8-year-old from the UK who is disabled. Growing up deaf, thankfully she was able to learn sign language, and so has a strong level of communicative ability. With her parents by her side, she’s just another member of her family.
She particularly enjoys spending time with her mother, Lyndsay Hignett.
One of the things Lucy enjoys doing is looking at pictures of her family, specifically ones of herself—even the ones taken electronically while she was still in the womb. Lucy loves looking at the pictures, but was surprised when her mother pulled them out and seemed to be trying to tell her something one day.
Hignett kept gesturing to the picture and making the sign for baby.
“One baba, two babas,” her mother would say.
Confused, Lucy thought her mother was trying to tell her that her grandmother was pregnant.
Going back and forth and still not quite understanding what was going on, Lucy watched, confused, as her mother made the sign for “baby” and gestured to her stomach becoming larger, almost as if something was growing inside of it.
And then Gray understood.
Letting out an excited scream, Gray began signing to her mother for confirmation, which she received. Her next question was if it was going to be a boy or a girl, to which her mother responded that she didn’t know yet. Regardless, feeling full of excitement and joy, Gray began feeling her mother’s stomach, happy to know she was going to be a big sister.
A video captured the adorable moment.
“It can be difficult for her to understand these things sometimes,” Hignett explained to Liverpool Echo.
Reacting to Lucy’s reaction, Paul Rowland, her stepdad, said that it had quite an emotional effect on him.
“We were worried when she didn’t understand at first, that she’d say: ‘No no no’, even though she loves babies,” Rowland shared. “But you can see in her expression, she was absolutely amazed. Lucy is generous, caring and naturally really lovely.”
“She will make a great big sister.”
Lucy is eagerly awaiting the moment when her new sibling will finally arrive. Until then, she’ll continue doing what she’s always been doing: living life to the fullest and refusing to allow her disability to get in the way of that.