Bumper is sixteen months old.
Over the past month I've watched her blossom into a great communicator. Which I think is pretty amazing since she only has a couple of words.
"Mama!" means me or get that woman or I want this. "Da" means Dad or what's that? "Eeeeee!" means cat. "Ahhhhg!" means sippy cup. "No no no no" with a vigorous head shake means no. She has us well trained to her lingo.
She understands complex requests like get a book off the shelf & bring it to me, pick up the wrapper & put it in the garbage, or let go of the cat & back away slowly.
She listens and sometimes I catch her thoughtful stare where she appears to be figuring things out. She concentrates so much more, no longer giving up in frustration at the first obstacle. Mind you she does has the same short fuse that both her parents possess. You can almost hear her say "CRAP" when things don't work out her way.
I could go on about this for days but I'll spare you the details. I just wanted to share my awe.