Having an almost-one-year old is about 6 times the fun of a newborn. It is also exhausting, what with the speed-crawling and the cruising and the finger foods. But what's really fun is communication beyond the crying.
He says three words that he actually understands--"Appa" (Korean for Dad), "Mama" (meaning both Mom, in English, and Food, in Korean--understandably related for a breastfed child of a working mom), and now (the biggest accomplishment) "Dah" (for "Dog"). He even misapplied the label of dog to our cats. It's so fun to watch him generalize the concept of furry, fun, four-legged creature who lives in the house with us.
But more than that, he really communicates. A couple months ago, he learned that waving means good bye and hello. Shortly thereafter, he used his arms stretched out with a little cry to indicate that he wants to be picked up. He's figured out clapping and that head-shaking goes with "no" and that we say "no" a lot when he grabs the glasses off our faces (which now gives us a warning that he's about to go for the glasses, because he'll start the head-shake before he grabs... haha!). He gets his grandma to do funny things by being cute in special ways (screaming, putting his hands up, etc.).
Can't wait for more!