She's very socially aware and can name each student in her preschool class. She's playing with other kids this year and seems to be enjoying her new friendships.
At home, Bridget wants to dictate what activities take place, who participates and how they will play. She likes to
Bridget loves and looks after her little sister. She will pat Alina on the back gently if Alina is sad, and will let me know if Alina seems to be needing anything. If she wants a particular doll or toy, she will first make sure Alina has
Bridget is our resident Hugger.
She greets people with hugs, says good-bye with hugs and gives hugs when people are sad or mad. She'll often tilt her head to the side and ask in a sweet, little voice, "A hug?" (Yes, please. A hug from Bridget is usually just what the doctor ordered :).)
Each day, I give her a big hug right before she gets on the bus. And each day, she climbs the steps, turns around and shouts (HUG!) with her arms outstretched. (One More Hug should become a common practice. What a great way to start the day!)
Last year at this time, Bridget was talking very little. She was signing quite a bit and saying one word at a time. She is talking a lot more now! She keeps us laughing with her expressions (My word, Oh Goodness!, Give it!) along with some of her other requests, like asking for a paper towel--rather than toilet paper--when she's done using the potty, or shouting, TISSUE! when Alina needs her nose wiped.
Bridget has started adding an "ee" sound to the ends of words, just because she thinks its funny--"cup" becomes "cup-py", "sock" is "sock-y". I have no idea why she started doing this, but it sounds hilarious coming out of her little mouth.
Oh, and she is no longer Jibby. She's "Ji-jit", "Me, Ji-jit" or "Brrr...Ji-jit".
Right now her favorite things include: riding the bus, taking care of baby dolls, laughing and having tea parties with Alina, dancing with her siblings and watching Little Bear.
She's matured so much in this past year. I guess that's what happens when you become a Big Sister ;).