Apparently it takes twenty-one weeks to learn how to play the game. Ella has developed quite the ornery little personality as of late! For starters, she really doesn't like laying down; she likes to be upright so she can look around. For that reason, I put her in one of her 'seats' when I need to get something accomplished -- like her high chair, her bumbo, or her walker. I give her a couple toys to play with, and within a couple minutes they're both on the floor. One day she kept dropping them, so Mike gave her several toys at once. Within five minutes, they were all lying beside her on the floor in a nice little pile. Oh yes, she drops them intentionally. It has begun.
Another fun game she has started is the fake-cough/gag. Of course, when she sounds like she's gagging or choking I come right away. Well she figured that out, so now she has the sympathy cough down pat. She'll cough a couple times and sound like she's gagging, and when I look over she gets a big grin on her face.
In addition to learning how to be ornery, she is also learning to sit and stand! It's with help of course, but she's starting to do it a little better each day. She still isn't rolling over on a consistent basis, but she'll do it every few days. Oh, and the babbling is starting. She definitely likes to make noise!
Ella and I are always looking for an excuse to get out of the house, so we visited Mike at work this week. There is a Subway in the Pegula Ice Arena, so we went "out" for lunch one day. It was a quick trip, but it was great to see him when the sun was still up! [and we even sat by a guy from iowa!]