I'm learning (over and over) not to underestimate her, who she is, what she can do or understand. When I underestimate her, I make her less in my eyes, I simplify her, I make her a caricature of a baby in my mind. And then I treat her as such. When I see it and stop it, she grows a mile per hour in my eyes. I start seeing and spotting the details of her incredible development; her sensibility, how acutely perceptive she is, the complexities that are busy shaping themselves to build who she is and will become. She also responds to me differently when I speak to her like a normal person and don't use a baby voice. Obviously, who wouldn't? There's so much we miss when we lessen children, and so much we miss out on in this world when it comes to innate potential never released, because adults didn't let children grow and develop as much as they were in fact capable of. And why would we? So how about we stop underestimating ourselves? As always, that's where it starts.