Staley has many, many words, but her very favorite word is 'Hi!' Anywhere we go and anyone we see gets greeted with this simple, two letter word. At church, at parties, in the store, at family gatherings, on the playground. No matter where we are, Staley is making friends. She will walk right up to people, look up at them, and say 'hi!' It doesn't matter if she knows them or not. I think she sometimes takes people off guard. You generally don't expect to be boldly approached and greeted by a toddler while shopping in the canned foods aisle.
Staley enjoys being around adults, but she LOVES being around other kids. There is a family with 4 young kids who live next door, and Staley gets so excited about them. She talks about them all the time, always wants to look out the window or walk over to their house to see if they are outside, and cries when they go inside. She loves playing with her cousins, her friends at day care, and our neighbors. Boys. Girls. Her age. Older. Younger. It doesn't matter. Other kids are awesome!! I took Staley to the zoo a week or two ago. The lion was sitting right up at the glass at her eye level. A crowd was gathered to look at the lion. Staley was standing right up at the glass, but was turned away from the lion so she could say 'hi' to all the people. Up close encounters with exotic animals or meeting new friends. In Staley's book, apparently there's no contest.
My little cheeseball