Serena Williams 'really looking forward to' daughter Olympia's next big milestone (Exclusive)

Serena Williams can't wait until she can have two-way conversations with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

As evidenced by her social media content involving her 18-month-old toddler, the all-time tennis great talks to her mini-me all the time but, still working toward saying her first word, she isn't able to respond just yet.

"The milestone that everyone looks forward to is talking and being able to have conversations," Williams told AOL exclusively during a recent phone interview. "I’m really looking forward to that. She’s getting there, but she’s also figuring out how to express herself and it’s been really fun."

Williams' daughter, who is her first with husband Alexis Ohanian, definitely expresses herself, too: Whether it's her colorful outfits, hilarious facial expressions, desire to see what her hard-working mom is up to or her up-and-down relationship with her Instagram-famous doll, Qai Qai, she has proven herself to be quite the character already. So much so that, sometimes, Williams finds herself worrying about her wild streak.

"The other day, she was running from the couch to the chair to the couch to the chair and I was like, 'Oh my God, you’re going to hurt yourself!'" she said with a laugh. "But I also don’t have to worry too much, because we’re usually just at our house, which is enclosed and safe."

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Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
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Pink things 📸:@alexisohanian
Can’t wait for @olympiaohanian to get tips from @simonebiles
Nothing brings me more joy than my sweet @olympiaohanian. 📸: @alexisohanian
I love these pre match hugs. They are my new fav part of my job. @olympiaohanian
As I head into next year it’s not about what we can do it’s what we MUST do as working moms and working dads. Anything is possible. I am getting ready for the first match of the year and my dear sweet baby @olympiaohanian was tired and sad and simply needed mama’s love. So if it means warming up and stretching while holding my baby that’s what #thismama will do. My fellow moms and dads working- or stay home it’s equally as intense- but you inspire me. Hearing your stories makes me know I can do this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This year is to you! What are some things you had to do while working? #thismama #thisdaddy
@natashagrossmakeupartist found out @olympiaohanian Is the best assistant.
This mama waited my whole life to be twins with her #thismama
Just one of those mornings with @olympiaohanian
For my 10 million followers. Thank you ❤️❤️
Sandbox workouts with @olympiaohanian 📸: @alexisohanian
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My baby is 6 months today. So yummy.
She wanted to dress 80's
Welcome home momma
She's like "Mommmmmmmmmmm my friends are looking" #freshfaces
Just how I look at her
When I first saw this @voguemagazine cover it brought tears to my eyes. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my beautiful daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget. The article is a must read. Link in bio
Mommy and me
My mommy loves Snapchat
Mama never sleeps. When she does, I go on adventures with daddy. "Come on!"
My final top 10 moment of 2017. Of course includes @olympiaohanian they say save the best for last. I could not choose so I just choose 10 random videos. They all were so cute to me 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️
There are so many reasons to quit, but even more to keep playing. Even if you don’t go pro, sports can teach you so much. So keep playing. Link in bio. #sistersinsweat #gatoradepartner @gatorade
Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories 😍😍❤️❤️
We clearly don't take enough family portraits. This one's from the honeymoon. @olympiaohanian was not ready for the snap... 😒 2017 was a year to remember for a lot of reasons (good as well as bad) so that they may all serve as motivation, inspiration, and a compass for what we know to be right. These two women are my everything. And the duty I have to them as a husband and a father is the greatest responsibility I'll have in my life; I'm honored to bear it. And I know I'll always find new ways to keep making you, laugh, @serenawilliams. 2018 is going to be a phenomenal year. And may there be many, many more to come. Wherever you are in the world tonight, I hope you're with people you love.
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Another way that Williams has adapted to her daughter's affinity for activity and adventure is Pampers' new Cruisers 360 FIT, a new #WildChild line for which the world-renowned athlete is "head coach."

"These were made for her," she explained to AOL. "She's always running around and, with other diapers, I would find that I would have her on my lap and then it would be like, 'Uh oh...,' so this is perfect for us."

During her first year and a half as a mother, Williams has also had the luxury of having her family around to help care for her daughter and enjoy these special first few years with her growing little family.

"They’re always around and it’s been really great having my family around, especially my mom, who has been there to help from day one," Williams told us. "She’s been a mom five times over, so she definitely knows what she’s doing. And my sisters love being around, because they just want to help and have fun with us."

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Inside Serena Williams' wedding
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For the first dress When Anna Wintour asked me what I wanted to wear I said "a cape" I just want to wear a cape" she said: "well Sarah Burton with @alexandermcqueen is the one for you.” Thanks Anna. Thanks Sarah. I felt like a princess and superwoman all at once. 📸: @mistadubb @ericamelissa_
After tying the knot with @alexisohanian last night, @serenawilliams debuted her second dress of the evening, a dramatic beaded, feathered @versace_official moment that made her look like a fashion-forward superwoman. Tap the link our bio to see all the stunning photos. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
Official. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
@serenawilliams married @alexisohanian in a stunning Sarah Burton for @alexandermcqueen princess gown. Tap the link in our bio for more exclusive photos from the star-studded celebration. Photographed by @mistadubb and @ericamelissa_.
I love you both and I'm so incredibly proud of you! Welcome to the club! ❤😍❤😍❤😍❤😍❤😍❤
“You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport. I’m talking about as a mother, and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.” Congratulations to @serenawilliams and @alexisohanian, who exchanged vows last night. Tap the link in our bio to see the exclusive first photos from their fairytale wedding in New Orleans. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
💃🏿🕺🏻 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
Dance with new edition? Check ✅. 📸: Bob Metelus and Erica Rodriguez
Squad....💙💛celebrating love❤️
@serenawilliams: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport--I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment. And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we’re doing today. And I am so grateful, and I am so in love. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
Alani & Kimmie❤️THE ROYAL BALL 👑🎩
Each one of my groomsmen is a best friend who also represents a different period of my life. Jon: childhood Huu: @uva Steve: @reddit Michael: my book & tour, Without Their Permission Garry: Initialized Capital To be rich with great friends is a privilege -- and it's no surprise that they all love my bride.
Dressed for The Most Royal Ball 🌹
The Royal Ball. @MichaelCostello ❤️
THE ROYAL BALL 👑🎩 @verawanggang
Yaaaaaay!! So Happy! God is so Good! Love you @AlexisOhanian & @SerenaWilliams! Yallz Murrrred! 🙌🏽🥂💍❤️
Now i can say that i was at one of the most beautiful weddings ! That room was so filled with joy and love . Real Love with real folks. Congratulations to this amazing couple. Alex and Serena ❤️
Meet Michelle @merakimishell the amazing woman behind my incredible @nike Cortez shoes? Yes I wore them down the asile! Comfort for this bride! Thanks Michelle!!! 😍😍
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