Here's a quick (low-quality) video of Rachel's first-ish words. I left out "no" because all kids, even the deaf ones, can say that, so it isn't something to brag about. We have a long way to go, but I'm thrilled to see her making progress.
She actually starting saying "hot" today as well--and spelling it, without me showing her how. She's really interested in how to spell words and likes to find words in books.
We had her parent-teacher conference last night, and I really love her teacher and classroom. She's learning a ton, and basically her main limitation is that we don't sign well enough to keep up with what she wants to say. Her teacher is also concerned that her implant isn't giving her enough information, but she's already doing much better than the doctors expected. She has a check-up and CT scan next week so we can check to see if everything is working as it should.