New developments - He's been sitting in his car seat, which was in the hall, with one strap over his shoulder, all happy with himself. I gave him a small puppy dog, one of those nice German plastic animals. He's been standing on the chair, walking the dog up and down the edge while saying 'Gog gog gog gog gog!' And now he's sitting on the hearth blowing peeps on a red whistle.
It's bizarre, in the last week or two, and it really happened over a period of about three days, he just seemed to sprout, like Mario getting embiggened. He's so heavy, and big, and clever.
Last night he was sitting at the table, talking on a pretend phone. Then he picked up his hummus ricecake and talked on that. Calling Daddy on the Hummus Phone! I asked if he was talking to his daddy, and he looked wildly towards the door, shouted 'Daddy Daddy!' and waved frantically (oops!).
The best thing is his dancing. He's been doing it since he was small, but now he's standing up and wiggling his bum, which is the cutest thing, I could watch him all day.
One thing I'm really aware of is that the understanding he's now able to communicate had been there for some time, right from the start, really. It's just the ability to respond to things takes longer to develop. I think it's important to be aware of this about your children. I've been with too many mothers who talk about their one year olds being accidents, or mistakes, or unwanted in front of them. Something tells me it's just not a good idea.