Why a blog?
Through my journey as a first time parent, I have discovered many wonderful blogs about mommies who, like me, have chosen to embark on this journey to raise their children bilingual (or in my case—trilingual as soon as Baby E starts school—but more on that to come!) When I was pregnant my most pressing concern was not “Will I break the baby?” (that came at about 40 weeks). It wasn’t even “Am I having a boy or a girl?” (not so much a concern as a question) My most pressing concern was “How am I ever going to teach my child Spanish?” After all, I think in English, and while Spanish was my “first language” (i.e. the language that I first learned) I consider my main language to be English, so the thought of reverting to Spanish full-time was quite daunting. I asked a close friend “how did you do it?” and she replied “it was hard at first, but you get used to it.”
So I guess this blog is about my journey through the ups and downs of womanhood and motherhood while I try to juggle a full-time job, part-time graduate school, a toddler full of energy, marriage, familia, etc. etc.! Of course, it will be through my perspective—of being a first generation Hispanic-American New Yorker who is married to a wonderful man from the South of France. (Can you say OOH LA LA?)
Oh! and by the way—I’m happy to report that my friend was right—you get used to it… Baby E’s first word was AGUA—and I couldn’t be happier =)