As of around 8:10 this morning, Violet has started standing on her own, though just for brief moments. She'll hold onto whatever she pulled herself up with, then open her legs wide and bend her knees for balance and then slowly hold her arms out to the side - then grab back on.
She's also starting to say some "words" regularly. She says cat and socks, though they sound the same ("gah!"). This morning I was putting away the dishes and telling her what I was putting away and she said "muh" for mug. She obviously gets it. It's pretty darn cute.