I've heard a lot of toddler talk in my years as a parent, but I swear none have been as adorable as Bridget.
Okay, so to be fair, pretty much everything that Bridget does, save smacking us in the face (what phase is that?), is freaking adorable because it's the last time anyone will ever do anything like that around here.
Yes, I fully admit to having a case of the "OMG my last baby is growing up" syndrome.
And while I'm not going around saying to myself "This could be the last poop in the diaper ever" because OH GOD I WISH IT SO HARD, it's a little sad.
But unlike her siblings, who generally followed the typical language development track of single words, then 2-word phrases, then holy crap shut the heck up already, Bridget has her own language system.
And of course, it's awesome.
A month or so ago, we noticed that she jumped from saying simple things like "No" and "Okay!" (the exclamation point is important, people) to "IWANTDAT," but as one word, which sort of confused us a little.
My husband and I would look at each other, puzzled, wondering if we actually just heard her say a sentence.
Then when she said "IWANTTOGOTOPOOL" we realized that indeed it was, though you'd completely miss it and think it was just baby mumbo jumbo if you didn't actually listen. Or watch her grab the entire pool bag and drag it to the door.
She also has a pretty advanced vocabulary for a near 2-year old, which like her ability to peel her own clementine orange in the trash can, is because she's the 4th kid. No babas or binkies around here.
"Raining" she said to me, the other day. That also sounds very similar "Candy" and "Bandaid." You know, just common every day words. Also, really confusing when we keep those things in the same cabinet and also give them out at the same time, and she's screaming one of them at you over and over again.
I totally need to invent edible bandaids.
But she also runs words together, something we didn't quite figure out, even after she kept saying "Buit!" or "Buit?" or "BUIT" in the hopes that inflection would help us know what the hell she was talking about.
Then she grabbed my hand and dragged me to our deck where her BATHING SUIT was drying in the sun.
A way more energy efficient way to say those words, if you ask me.