Brynlee is a very smart little girl!! She amazes me everyday at what she knows! Her big thing lately is that she can count to 10! So- she wants to count everything! haha Every book has now become a counting book.. she will find something on the page that she wants to count & counts it. And- she counts in a very direct fashion.. she changes her tone of voice.. & is very intense about it. Makes me laugh! :) Now- she doesnt always count it right.. if there are 2 fish & she wants to count to 5, she will just go back & point at the fish over again until she gets to the number she wants to get to! haha But, still smart in my book! :) She also knows most of her ABC's, some of her colors & can identify a circle, triangle & square. :)
She has also started "reading" to herself.. it makes me laugh to hear different parts that she remembers me saying & then hear what she makes up by looking at the pictures. My fave part is when she apparently doesnt know what to say & will just make a babble sound- sticking her tongue in & out. haha! Here she is reading the Good Book! hehe
She loves to dance!! If she hears music or a beat she likes on tv, from a toy, from a commercial- anything, she will often jump up & start dancing! Her favorite move is her spin! She will get herself ready & then fling herself around in a circle! haha Her intensity often lands her up on her booty, but she gets right back up & gets to groovin! Here she is dancin with cousin Aby...
She is a great Big sister! She Loves to help Brielle out. She will run to her when she is crying & say "shhh" or "its ok sissy".. and her Fave thing to do it put her paci in sissy's mouth.. even if sissy doesnt really want it! haha She has actually helped me out more than once by getting Brielle to calm down when I am busy with something.. but- of course- the reverse has happened as well. :) We are all still learning!
She can be dramatic. She has recently started dropping her shoulders, dropping her head, sticking her lip out & taking short breaths in through her nose when something upsets her. And will also sit & put her elbows on her knees & her head in her hands & sigh. haha Im not sure where she learned these tactics from.. but I have to try hard not to laugh in front of her when she does it! Here she is in action...
She is a sensitive spirit. New situations are sometimes hard for her. For instance, she does great in the church nursery until the sunday school hour is over & then the new teachers come in for the church hour. I think the hustle of people & kids just really makes her nervous. She will usually adapt to new places/situations after a bit- but definitely wants to make sure Mommy is close by at first.
She is very protective of me! If someone she doesnt know comes too close to me or puts their hand on my shoulder or something- she will try to push their hand away & she says "my mommy!" Obviously, this isnt very nice & we talk to her about that Not being nice.. but, its still a little funny on the inside! ;)
She is tiny! She just barely weighs 22 lbs & 18 month shorts are still kinda big on her. Good thing is that we can still buy size 4 diapers- which, the smaller the diaper, the more you get in a box! :)
She is a Great sleeper! I Never have to fight her to take a nap or go to bed at night. You just ask if she is ready, she tells everyone goodnight & climbs in her bed. And- she will usually take at Least a two hour nap in the afternoons, sometimes longer. I didnt realize how blessed I should feel until I have talked to other friends and/or had people babysit her. So- now I am counting blessings & hoping her little sister will follow suite! :) We just recently said byebye to Brynlee's pacis, so we will see if her good sleep continues! This was her first sleep in her big girl bed several months ago...
She has recently decided that she needs to do everything herself! From putting on clothes, to opening up food, to walking down stairs. I know she has to learn.. but it has sure caused some dramatic moments (ex: her deciding in the middle of the street that she needed to walk on her own while my hands were full with Brielle & lots of other things! haha) Here she is after her first time to put her pjs on herself (notice they are both inside out & backwards!)
She is very loving. She loves to tell us "I -love- you" by pointing to her eyes, hugging herself, then pointing to us. And, she loves giving hugs & kisses... and saying "hold you"- which means- I want you to hold me. I love watching her love her sister!
She is funny! She loves to make herself laugh & has a really funny "fake laugh." She will also double over & slap her knee when she laughs! And- she likes to tell people she is happy! If you ask her- Brynlee are you funny? (or any other thing) She will say- "No, I happy!" :) :) Here she is in the middle of a knee-slapping double over laugh!...We love you very much Brynlee Jordyn Catt!! You have blessed our lives immensely & I look forward to all the new things you are going to learn This year! Happy 2nd Birthday!! :)