Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bridget is TWO!

Bridget is TWO…so two :). She defies definition (and a few photographs can hardly do her justice), so here is a more complete picture of her two-year-old self:

Bridget now signs about 30 words and says a handful. She’s like a GEICO commercial, signing below us while we talk (she picks the words she knows out of our conversations). Her multi-purpose spoken word is “OUCH!”—which means “ouch”, “oops”, “uh oh”, “no!” and several other things. As it is with most two year olds, Bridget is rarely cooperative ;). She doesn’t want to be strapped into anything, loves to get a hold of the t.v. remote, and demands an all-access pass to every drawer and cupboard in the house. She really likes to laugh…and yell. She’s become very good at signing “sorry”, since she hurts people on accident more often than you would think and on purpose more often than you would think. She loves the routine of patting to say “its okay” so much that she has started bopping people just so she can console them afterwards.

Bridget is animated. Sometimes when I look at her (especially when she’s been waiting for me to look), she raises her eyebrows and grins—she just sparkles. She pretends to be really sad (“hoo hoo hoo”), gives kisses and hugs and makes a great fish face. She’s also got a great fake burp, which she does on command (we’re so proud—and thank you, Brian). She can mimic any sound or gesture and keeps us all in stitches by making every kind of face you can imagine. She can make several noises that no one has yet figured out how to replicate.

Her laughter is contagious—she loves to giggle, and she also likes to lean in and slap the table before bursting out with an uproarious belly laugh. Bridget is active, curious, and determined. She is very social, and pretends to talk on the phone (she answers “heh-yo, heh-yo” and immediately closes her eyes and laughs). She has the sweetest little voice, and a smile that will steal your heart.

Bridget loves pancakes, babies, books and pulling hair (ouch!). She can get out of any barricade we create to keep her safe. She is still obsessed with the alphabet song and her own reflection. She can blow her nose, and knows how to cough into the crook of her arm. She likes to snuggle when she wakes up, but not if she sees food first :). She is alternatingly endearing, hilarious, frustrating and incredibly sweet (wait, that sounds like a typical two-year-old!).

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