I've entered a new phase of parenthood, or, rather, my daughter has entered a new phase in her development: talking.
Granted, she's been babbling for a while. I believe her first comprehensible phrase when she was around 5 or 6 months was, "No, Cricket!" imitating what me and her daddy say when our cat is being naughty. And she's been stringing words together here and there ever since:
"I don't want it!"
"Mama, where are you?"
And now, at 19 months, her speech is developing at such a fast rate that she repeats everything she hears, which means we have to really watch what we say.
Then, a few weeks ago, she spoke the words that I think every parent lives for.