It was a blah January evening, and I'd come home from work with a headache. I called my mom to say hi, then plunked the cordless phone down on the bed, between me and my 13-month-old daughter, Genie. Wearily, I closed my eyes and sighed.
"Hehwoe? Hehwoe?" I opened my eyes again—Genie was holding the receiver! "Uh-buh-dee-dah? Uh-huh. Bye-bye!" she chattered into it. My headache magically disappeared as I doubled over in laughter. Then, surprisingly, I welled up with tears, thinking what a big girl my little girl had suddenly become.
When you hear the phrase "baby milestones," you think of the stuff your pediatrician checks off on your child's health record—first step, first word, yadda yadda. But the cute tricks your child suddenly springs on you are equally good evidence that her mind and body are growing fast. Here's when you can expect some of those "grab-the-camera" moments, and what they say about your baby.