Likes: Staley still likes many of the same things--eating, bathing, diaper changes, clothing changes (really anything where she is naked), car rides, dancing, music, and reading books. Her favorite toys are her play mat and her red/white/black ladybug rattle. Her favorite things to watch are her mobile and the ceiling fan. Although she seems to enjoy most music, her current favorite (that always calms her down) is Janis Joplin. I don't find Janis Joplin's voice calming at all, but it works for Staley every time. When we are eating, she would rather sit in her bouncy seat than her swing (although she does like both.)
Dislikes: Staley still dislikes being hungry, cold, or having a wet/dirty diaper. She does not like to be strapped into her carseat when it is not moving. When going for walks when she is awake, she prefers to be held rather than in her stroller so she can see what is going on. She generally resists taking naps when we are out or when we have company--she likes to be a part of the action.
Skills: Staley still sleeps great at night for anywhere from 5-8 hours at a time. She eats well and will now go about 3 hours between meals during the day (which is a huge improvement from 1 1/2 to 2 hours). She is holding her head up well during tummy time and when upright. She has much more control when playing and can consistently hit and kick her dangling toys over and over and over again. Staley will sometimes roll from her stomach to her back if we position her arms underneath her so she can push up. She is starting to hold rattles that are placed in her hands and move them around. She sucks on her hands and fingers a lot, and can almost fit her whole fist in her mouth. She is very smiley. She is beginning to imitate by sticking out her tongue. In the past two days, Staley has been starting to lift up her arms for 'so big' when we do it repetitively for awhile, but I'm not sure if we can count that as a skill yet since she moves and lifts her arms a lot when we are not doing 'so big.' It sometimes seems deliberate, but it's hard to tell. I'll be able to tell you for sure by her three month post.
From a purely unbiased and objective point of view, Staley remains the best natured, smartest, and cutest baby ever. We couldn't love anything more!
Staley at 2 months old
Good Neighbear doesn't seem to be growing as quickly!