Every day Hadley whips up a new skill. Just this morning, as she was walking around her play table at record speed, she stopped and popped her right foot up so just the ball was touching the ground. Then she started to turn her leg in and out--a la Elvis. With her leg going, she began to rock her head back and forth like she was attending her own private heavy metal concert. It was like Kiss meets the King. After a good 10 seconds, she stopped, grinned at me and returned to her laps around the table. I was laughing so hard, I could barely breathe.
This is her "are you ready for what I'm about to do?" expression.
Hadley is infinitely entertaining--maybe only to us, but still, we're having fun. She loves when I hold her and pretend to run away from Jason, who chases us. She squeals and wiggles and laughs. And she loves her new head-bobbing hobby. Often, while she sits on the floor and plays quietly, she looks up, gets a bemused expression on her face that says, "I know that you're just waiting for me to do something funny," and then shakes her head side to side (ear to shoulder, ear to shoulder) for a good five or six seconds. When she's finished, she purses her lips together in a thoughtful little expression, raises her eyebrows--"Is that sufficient?" she practically asks--and then returns to playing. But I know she's listening for our response, and when she hears us laugh, she seems especially pleased.
How is this all possible? Where did she learn to tease and play? How does she know what's funny? (Just wait until I can teach her the nacho cheese joke: What do you call cheese that's not yours? NACHO CHEESE! Jason will be mortified, but I will think it's hilarious.)
I have no idea if Hadley will be analytical or creative or athletic or dramatic...but I predict that she will be a funny little kid. And even before I can teach her my repertoire of really awful jokes, I expect that she'll be whipping out a few of her own.