Today Ron and I wanted to get a lot of work done, so my parents watched Lucy for most of the day. We were quite productive, and I've already started doing touch-up painting, which is crazy, since that's one of the last things on the list. While I have begun painting things, Ron is still doing some finish work here and there, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. I still can't believe we've been putting these things off this long. At least we're finally motivated.
When we went to get Lucy I started playing with her and "lured" her with a toy to see how her crawling was going - and to my amazement she actually crawled across the floor, like a real crawling baby! She used to get around through a process which involved the following moves: sit, fall forward onto hands, scoot legs under self, repeat. Now she knows how to stay on her hands and knees, and by moving those particular body parts she can go where she wants to go. As you can tell by the fact that I'm trying to explain to perfectly intelligent adults what crawling looks like, we are quite excited and proud! As long as she has a toy, a shoelace, or food to entice her, she is doing really well...
... and in the same day, she picked up another new skill: clapping! She is getting better and better by the minute. I've been trying to teach her this for forever, but she is too strong and resists anyone trying to hold her arms and 'clap' her hands for her. I will try to post a video of her crawling and/or clapping added to this post sometime tomorrow. I just wanted to share this with my handful of readers.
She also pulls herself up in her crib and soon we will have to lower the mattress again... any time she is on the floor, or crawling, she wants to pull up onto something. We're so happy, but also getting nervous about our hardwood floors. She is definitely going to keep me on my toes.