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Trying to figure out what babies are thinking

I just got back from a trip to Chicago to see some old friends. While there I stayed at with friends who have 2 kids.

Their youngest is 13 months...he's just on the verge of talking. He'll say small words like dada and up. I was semi fascinated by him.

He's at that age where he's to young to speak but also too young to get frustrated that we don't understand him. I have never actually spent good time with a kid that age. I'm used to that stage he'll be at in a month or even a few weeks. That stage where they really know they are saying things but we have no idea what they are saying.

I'm totally geeked out by human development...that's actually one reason kids really used to freak me out. Their brains are sponges and I think babies are relatively more intelligent than adults...different knowledge but they have crazy brain development and learning ability. Plus they observe and judge everything they see...it's intimidating.

Any way it was so cool to see him so happy with life and just speaking whatever he wanted. His mom could start to understand some of the things he was trying to say..I can never understand kids. However I asked him if he still believes in Santa Claus. Then I said something like 'you don't even understand what I'm talking about.' I swear he said "I understand."

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