Staley is also starting to play anticipatory games. She will get excited when I slowly move my hand towards her for tickling. She loves peek-a-boo, and will watch the top of the blanket for my eyes to appear (and then giggle when they do). She has a few favorite books and seems to get excited before we even start reading them, presumably by recognizing the cover. ('Moo, Baa, La La La' is top of the list right now.) She is also getting a little more hesitant around new people, occasionally crying but generally just regarding them seriously or burying her head into my shoulder. And, although part of me loves the fact that she knows me and loves me and wants to be around me, Staley is starting to get upset when I leave the room. Which makes me feel good, but also makes taking a shower or using the bathroom a little tougher.
With Staley's ever-growing understanding of the world, I wanted to use the summer to expose her to fun new experiences like the swimming pool and the zoo and the playground. Unfortunately, the weeks of living out of suitcases followed by the weeks of incessent heat have grounded some of our plans. But Staley did get to enjoy a short outing to the Fondulac Farm Park on Saturday, where she rode around in her stroller, relaxing and giggling at the farm animals she saw.
Not ladylike, but comfortable