We went garage sale-ing the other day, and we found several excellent finds, one of which was this cute little rocking chair for Bryn for 30 cents. Lately the weather has been so nice that Ben and I have been sitting outside in the evenings while Bryn plays, and she is now thrilled to have a chair to sit in as well. She doesn't stay still for very long, though, since she also has learned where we keep the bubbles!
Lately Bryn has also gotten very interested in playing with her two baby dolls, both gifts from Nana Meyaard. She likes to carry them around the house and have them sit next to her on the couch. A couple of days ago, she put this one in her Exersaucer and tried to show it how to work all the different noise and light mechanisms. Here, you can see her favorite activity with the baby doll, which is using the kitchen towel to tuck it in to bed. Nevermind that it doesn't have an official bed.... she delights in covering it up with a towel, patting it on the head, and occassionally even kissing it, then letting it "sleep" for about 30 seconds before repeating the entire process. Very cute!
Bryn has also successfully managed to learn some sign language. We tried to teach her ages ago, when she was about 7 months old. Back then, the only sign she learned was the one for "milk," which she used to mean "all forms of food and drink." She also did the motion sideways, so it pretty much just looked like she was waving. That was the end of our original sign language experiment, but since her friend Christopher has recently learned some signs, I thought I'd experiment a little bit. I showed her "more" one day during lunch when she was whining and pointing. I only showed her once, but the next day, she pointed at the cabinet where we keep the goldfish crackers and made the sign for "more." Needless to say (Mrs. Applen), she was rewarded by all the crackers she could eat! For several days she thought that "more" actually only meant "more goldfish crackers," but now she's got the hang of it. It's very cute and definitely preferable to her usual squealing and pointing method!