She adores Bridget (who she now calls Bruh). She truly looks up to her. It is too cute. Whatever Bridget is doing, we will usually find Alina nearby doing the same thing or sitting and smiling while watching Bridget.
She also "tells on" Bridget by pointing while saying Bruh! (look at Bridget!) to let me know that Bridget is getting into something or doing something she is not supposed to be doing. As innocent as Bridget looks, this happens more often than you might think ;).
Alina wants so much to talk, and is really trying. She is making progress, though at this point we are hearing more sounds than clear words. Her speech therapist at school is working on sound production while also offering her a variety of other creative methods to communicate (picture options as well as devices with switches and buttons that she can manipulate to show what she wants and what she understands).
Alina is downright dangerous with the t.v. remote. Every time she gets a hold of it, she's making something purposeful happen (and not just changing the channel or turning it off). She's been caught trying to order Hot Tub Time Machine more than once, and recently, she somehow recorded 13 days worth of infomercials.
Alina loves to tickle other people's feet (Emmy says it is one of Alina's talents...she really tickles).
Our two youngest girls are buddies...and complete opposites.
The laughing that goes on at our house (and there's a lot of it) is a perfect example of the difference in our two little girls. Bridget is a hee hee hee kind of a girl, while Alina is definitely the huh huh huh type.
While Bridget hugs, Alina waves. She is the perpetual mayor, greeter and beauty queen, quick with a hearty Hi!, a wave and a smile.
Bridget is a girly-girl. Alina is a mixture, a tomboy-girl--she is rough and tumble, but loves (and I mean loves) playing dress-up. No matter what she is wearing, she is also always in a tutu, or play shoes!
And while Bridget is cautious, Alina is our risk taker (and has the bumps and bruises to prove it). She approaches life, in general, with vigor. She's quick to jump in and participate.
To give a little more insight into our youngest daughter, here are some observations from her therapists at school:
"Alina has acquired her sister's love of giving orders! We can't go more than 5 feet without her telling me to TOP! (stop) :)"
"Alina is so friendly to the students we meet in and around the school!"
"At snack today, Alina requested ah. puh. mo. (more apple) with prompting. She signed it, too :)."
"Alina is doing super! She seems to be getting into chairs safely--though she did try some acrobatics once in a chair :)."
She is her own person...a beautiful and amazing person we are happy to know and love!