I spent a fair amount of time with babies growing up, but never had enough experience to realize how incredibly smart they are. Now that I'm a mom, I'm constantly amazed at how much Hana knows and learns and communicates.
For instance, since she's learned to sit up well, we've been putting her on the potty now and then. At first it was just another place for her to sit and play, but now she anticipates it. When we're on the ball we put her on every time she wakes up. She's learned that and usually pees (or even poops!!!) within a couple minutes of being on the pot. At first I thought it was just coincidence, but it happens pretty much every time. She's learning how to use it.
She also knows what the wrap is. Since she was about 2 months old she's always gotten happy when she's seen me get out the wrap, and it just keeps getting more and more obvious. It's something she loves and feels safe and comfortable in. She smiles and laughs while she's being wrapped.
She communicates really well too. She has different noises for when she's wet or hungry or bored or tired. She lets us know very clearly what she needs, and the look on her face when we understand is priceless. She gets so proud of us!
As she grows I'm just more and more in awe of her, of how she learns and her personality. We are so blessed!