At least that's what it seems like Staley is doing. I can hardly keep up with all the new things she's doing. Just in the past few days Staley has exploded with new skills. Crawling is one of the new skills that she's working very hard at. As of last night, with hard work and motivation (think cell phones, laptops, TV remotes), Staley can move herself forward about 3-4 feet. It's not fast. It's not pretty. It's not efficient. But it's forward movement nonetheless. She gets up on her hands and knees, then on her hands and feet, and then she sort of rocks and lunges forward. Repeat.
Talking may not require as much physical effort as crawling, but Staley is working hard on that too. Her current consistent words are 'mama', 'mum' (for more), and 'up.' We have also heard her say (in context) 'book', 'hi', 'bye', 'papa', and 'ki-e' (for kitty), although some of these have only been heard once or twice. And she consistently signs 'more' and 'drink.'
And my favorite of her new skills is her continued understanding of words and the world around her. She definitely knows mommy, daddy, kitty, and Cheerios. When we ask her to clap, wave, shake it (rattle), bang, do 'so big', and splash, she generally does it. (Zach is working with her on high fives.) When we say "where's your bow?", she reaches up and grabs her bow off her head. She turns off the light switch in her room, imitates putting a cup on her head like a hat, and covers her face for peek-a-boo. She can even play a game where we hide a toy under one of 3 different colored bowls, rearrange the bowls, and she will lift the correct bowl to find the ball. Pretty impressive, right? As overly proud and doting parents, we are impressed on a daily basis with our incredible little girl!!