Happy Birthday, dear Blog! Joyeux Anniversaire!
"Bringing up Baby Bilingual" turns five years old today!
In the past five years, thanks to writing this online journal and sharing it with similar-minded parents and teachers, I have learned so much about raising children with more than one language--theories, techniques, challenges, joys, resources. I have made friends from Trinidad to Seattle to France to Namibia. It's a cliche, but yes, I have laughed, I have cried. I have fallen in love with my willful, whimsical son and his baby sister still growing in my belly as I sing to them both during quiet moments, singing to them in French, a language that I have fought to adopt as the language of my heart, my language for my children, even as my speaking it in Colorado draws questioning glances from strangers in the supermarket and sends me flying to the dictionary on a regular basis.
Thank you all for your support--for cheering, for empathizing, for explaining, for offering advice, for reading my words, for joining me on our journey of bringing up babies bilingually.