Likes: Staley finds so much joy in life that it is hard to list all her 'likes' anymore. She lights up when she sees Zach and I (and will sometimes cry when I leave the room). When she is outside, she enjoys going for walks and runs, swinging on the porch swing, watching the trees, feeling the wind, playing in her pool, and listening to dogs barking in the neighborhood. Her favorite inside activities are rolling around in her room, reading books, watching and petting the cats, and sitting up to play with toys. The best toys are not really toys: cell phones, empty water bottles, crumpled paper, and her bowls and spoons keep her attention. Her favorite toy-toys are her stacking cups, stacking bowls, and her shape sorter shapes. Funny games like animal noises, peek-a-boo, tickling, and zerberts bring out the laughter. And eating real food is great fun...as long as she is eating sweet potatoes, apples, pears, rice cereal, or store-bought carrots.
Dislikes: Staley fusses when she is really tired or really hungry. She does not like the texture of her homemade baby food carrots, green beans, or broccoli. Getting dressed is less fun these days, and occasionally loud noises (bathroom hand dryers, loud cheering) can be scary.
Skills: It is so fun to watch Staley's world expand as she learns and understands more and more. She sits up so well, and can now get from sitting up to lying down by slowly falling backward or leaning forward. She rolls across a room quickly now, and can pivot a little bit when on her stomach. She LOVES to stand while holding onto furniture or someone's hands, and she is quite serious about 'water skiing' with Papa. (Don't worry--no water is actually involved.) Staley enjoys examining toys, moving them from hand to hand and turning them around to look at them. She bangs toys together at midline and will deliberately drop toys from her high chair or carseat. She enjoys rolling a ball back and forth, knocking over towers, turning pages of her books, and lifting flaps in her books. She is starting to bring a blanket over her own eyes for peek-a-boo and is starting to wave, although these skills are not consistent. Staley is not saying any words yet, but continues to explore all the various noises she can make from low growling noises to high pitched squeals. Her understanding of language seems to be emerging daily and she definitely identifies mommy, daddy, splash, and kitty. She is also understanding some of her daily routines. She leans in with mouth wide for her favorite foods, keeps her mouth tightly closed for her not-so-favorite foods, opens up for teeth brushing, and fusses when I say 'the end' for her pre-nap book (which is the very end of her going-down-for-nap routine). I may be biased (okay, definitely biased), but I think she is one smart cookie...and one stinkin' cute baby!
Staley at 7 months
Life is just so good!