Mae has been pulling herself up into standing now for a few weeks and is starting to adventure into free standing. Although mostly just to cautiously lower herself to the ground, but still she's working on feeling it out. She's gathered a lot of independence (including signing 'all done' when she's done with mommy holding her. sniff sniff) and is enjoying her different perspectives that come with all her standing.
Upon achieving her newest skill we broke out the table for her to play with and she loves it - as does her big brother who remembered the fun that he had with it 'back in the day.' Us parents remember it too, although not as fondly... I've been really pleased with how well Ace and Mae are doing playing together. Ace is a very patient big brother as his sister mauls him, climbs on him, and even slims him. He's very gentle and giving when she snatches stuff from him. I hope as they grow older they both continue to be loving toward one another.
Mae loves to play at the table. Her twist on it though that we never really saw Ace do is to try and eat it. She wants to sample everything - and will even get on her tippiest tiptoe to try and reach something to consume... although I have yet to capture that on film.
She pulls herself up on everything now - using the fridge, drawers, walls, couches, or perhaps even the chair her brother is sitting in. She doesn't mind and her patient brother continues to allow the silliness.
Other skills Mae has been mastering with or without the help of her family is climbing the stairs. Yes, she often can be found ascending the stairs (or at best sitting at the base of them thwarted by the gate.) Her big brother is trying to teach her how to descend the stairs safely. She just smiles at him and continues upward. She has a few times managed to break a barrier and climb the stairs on her own. She's doing pretty well with it. Although I'll be happier when she learns how to go down the stairs and not just up. :-$
Walking is up next! Although its hard to say when walking will occur, she's still very cautious and takes her balance very seriously by lowering herself slowly to the ground... but one thing is for sure - she wants to go places. She might skip walking and go straight for climbing... watch out world Mae's coming!