We just got back to Indianapolis a few hours ago, so I wanted to let everyone know that we made it safely. I think Bryn sensed that I was putting negative thoughts (and comments) about her out into the universe, because she shaped up almost immediately after my last post. That night she slept straight through the night without needing to be soothed back to sleep once, and Ben and I nearly died of shock when she woke us with cheerful babbling (instead of hysterical sobs) the next morning at 9:30 (instead of 6:00). My family was relieved at the arrival of "Good Bryn," and the rest of the week (okay, 2 1/2 days) went beautifully. She played on the swings, swam in the pool, and even ventured to walk in the sand (once). She also ended her hunger strike and ate a ridiculous amount of Honey Nut Cheerios, as well as crackers, fruit, you name it. Ben and I have agreed that all future trips need to be two weeks long so we can actually have time to enjoy ourselves once we break her in. :)
We left PPI yesterday (Saturday) morning and drove to Lamont, MI, where we visited Ben's Grandma Noordyk. We had a really good visit with her, and we were even able to make it to the nursing home to visit Grandma and Grandpa Meyaard. They have high hopes that Grandpa may be able to move home in a few weeks. Until then, they enjoy feeding the ducks on this wonderful little deck by a stream (Bryn enjoyed this immensely as well). We spent the night at Grandma N's house, and then today we were able to visit with Ben's mom and sister Jill at a craft show in St. Joe's where they were selling their original crystal jewelry. While there, Bryn got to see a "choo-choo" go by, which held her attention rapt.
We're now home and attempting to get unpacked and resettled. We are viewing vacation as a great transition point, so Bryn is now eating in her booster seat at the big table (rather than her high chair) and sleeping in her "big girl" toddler bed (rather than her crib). The dogs are elated to see us, as evidenced much much licking and shedding. Vacation was great (at least the end of it), especially the visits with family, but I do have to say, like Dorothy, that there's "no place like home."