Clara has been crawling and cruising for a month and a half now. It wasn't enough for her to just crawl - she had to start pulling up and walking along the walls and the furniture the same day she showed off her crawling skills. She's incredibly fast. My (so far) successful attempts at childproofing the entire apartment have created a large space for her to bullet back and forth in. I will walk out of her bedroom where she's busily playing, traverse the apartment to the kitchen and 30 seconds later Clara will appear in the the doorway of the kitchen. She is that fast.
She's so good at the crawling and cruising it's easy to forget that she's a baby who's only been doing this for 45 days. She sometimes is in such a hurry her oversized baby head gets too much momentum and topples over her arms resulting in a bumped head on the floor and many tears and cuddling. The advent of two front teeth also resulted in a cut lip during one of her quick-crawl head over arms mishaps. Seeing Clara bleed for the first time was a heart-stopping moment. Clara was less upset and recovered more quickly than I did.
Babies are resilient and babies do everything so fast. Clara was 19 inches when she was born. Today she's 30 inches. That means she has grown 11 vertical inches in 11 months. If I grew 11 inches in 11 months I think I'd just stay in bed in my pajamas and watch romantic comedies. But Clara takes it all in stride - except for when she naps. She goes from an energized baby doing laps around the apartment to flat-out sleep in about 30 seconds. These are her power naps. Restocking up her supply of super speed for the next few hours of the day.
It takes her a while to wake up from these deep-sleep naps. This is her, sporting great nap-hair, yesterday afternoon.