Now that Bryn is fully recovered from her long ickiness, I finally have a minute to sit down and catch up on the blog. In spite of the illness, there have been many cute instances over the past couple of weeks and even several milestones. So here's my last two weeks in review:
Before Bryn got sick, we made a trip to the Children's Museum with Andrea and Hannah. Bryn wanted to grab and play with everything she came in contact with, including the magnifying glasses in the dinosaur exhibit. Maybe she's sat through one too many episodes of "Friends" with us, but it appears that she wants to be a paleontologist. Or maybe she just likes magnifying her own face. When Ben saw this picture, he managed to choke out between his laughs, "You HAVE to blog this."
This one is a "milestone" shot. Inspired by her friend Christopher's success at feeding himself mashed vegetables straight out of the jar, Bryn has mastered the use of the spoon. Okay, so "mastered" is a rather blatant exaggeration. Basically she sticks the spoon the yogurt, mashes it up and down a few times, and then does this incredibly awkward rotating of her arm to stick the spoon in her mouth (only occassionally with the yogurt facing upwards). This usually results in a sticky mess, but I'm still proud of her for feeding herself. Oh, and we also owe Christopher thanks for getting Bryn intrigued with "green things," as she is now willing to eat broccoli--no other vegetable, just that. Weird.
This one shows our little maestro playing with her newest "toy." We actually had two electric keyboards in our basement, as Ben and I each acquired one somewhere along the way, and Bryn seemed so intrigued by music-making toys that we thought we should give it a try. So my very handy husband got out his power tools and drilled another hole in the brace to enable us to set it up low enough for the baby. Then the brace was too wide for the piano, so he sawed down a piece of plywood to put between the brace and the piano and zip-tied it on so Bryn would not be able to move it. She quickly figured out how to bang on the keys and make music. She also learned how to adjust the volume, which is unfortunate, as she apparently likes to hear herself play very loud.
And... drumroll please.... Bryn has learned to walk!! Ben was quite upset to miss her first steps, especially when he discovered that our friend Cathy, her son Christopher, our friend Holly, and her sons Aiden and Caleb, had all witnessed the momentous event. However, she only went about three steps that first time before I screamed in excitement and scared her enough that she fell over. Later that same day, she came down with her bacterial crud, so there was no more walking for quite a while. This picture shows two nights ago, when Ben and I spent a good portion of the evening playing "ping pong" with the baby, teaching her to walk by sending her back and forth between us. Yesterday she really got the hang of it and toddled all around the house by herself. She is immensely proud of herself, and it seems that crawling will soon be a thing of the past.
Thanks for reading!