Baby's language has improved to the point where she's actually starting to mean what she says (or squeals). Continue talking to her and responding to whatever you think she's trying to convey. She'll soon be able to understand simple directions like "hold the ball" or "pass me the cup." Games like peekaboo and patty-cake will help further develop her communication and memory.
Everyday it seems like Ava is picking something up. She really does remember High Five! She also understands the sign for milk, and her daycare teacher says she tries to say "bottle", she says mama and dada. She knows how to roll/share back and forth as well. She also knows how to play peek a boo either by pulling a cover off my face or she'll do it to herself.
Baby loves reading books with you. Make storytime even more educational by encouraging her to point at familiar objects in the pages. You may also notice baby pointing at things in the real world -- this is her way of letting you know what she wants or is interested in when she doesn't have the words. Help her out by naming whatever it is she's pointing at -- soon, she'll be able to say it herself.
She loves story time when we're "winding" down for the night which is hilarious these days and when I say hilarious I don't really mean hilarious haha. But we're starting to point to her nose, mouth, feet, and toes as well. And when she stares at Parle we say doggie. She's definitely more aware of her surroundings.
Try not to overreact if baby takes a minor tumble. If you remain calm and collected, she'll be more likely to stay cool as well
Mr. B definitely needs to read this haha...I have been telling him this and internally I still gasp but she definitely waits for a reaction before she reacts.