Here is a video that shows several of Clara’s new tricks…crawling, pulling herself up, standing, and putting a ball in her toy (ok, so she gets kinda hung up on this one, but believe me – she can do it!). She started army-crawling right before July 4th, and then started pulling herself up about mid-July. Around the beginning of August she started “cruising” (“walking” along holding onto something, like the coffee table or couch) and then around mid-August she would stand for a few moments without holding on to anything. She keeps doing this more frequently and for longer periods. She also started getting up on her knees to crawl in the first half of August. She can get around quick! The ball thing is kinda cool – I bought this interactive ball play station thingy at a consignment sale and it has been fun to watch her figure it out. When you put a ball in the top of it, it spirals down a chute and comes out in the bottom. We’ve been trying to teach her how she can put a ball in to make it happen, but this seemed like an impossibly hopeless cause and I didn’t see how she would ever “get” it- that she could manipulate a ball in a certain way and put it in a certain place (which takes both the mental cause-effect connection as well as a very precise motor skill using awkward hands and no-muscle arms) and then something happens to it. And then one day, she just did! That is what has been so amazing about watching her grow and learn and develop. A skill that seems impossible (how do you go from being completely stationary for months to rolling your body over?!?) one day, she just all of the sudden breaks out and does – and then it is old hat before long! and she is on to the next thing… walking is definitely coming soon.