When we first had Charlize, she was like a “thing” that ate, drank and slept. Oh yes and made some noises. She remained under our control, pretty much doing what we made her do.
That is slowly dissipating. There is now a sign of an independent will. A desire to make her own decisions. Her conversations are now a revelation of her opinions of the happenings around her.
It finally became apparent that she is becoming her own. She’s only 4 and a half and the discovery of this unique being is continuous. She is growing up!