Friday, December 23, 2011

Baby Bilingual by the numbers

Strike a pose, baby girl!
  • Happy, healthy children: 2 (4, counting my niece and nephew) 
  • Languages in our home every day: 2
  • Languages in our home this time next year, we hope: 3 (We just applied again to enroll Griffin in the preschool program at Pioneer Elementary, the local Spanish-Engish immersion school)
  • Supportive "hopelessly monolingual" (his words) husband: 1
  • Years of blogging: 5.5 (6.5, if you start counting with Three Tarts, my co-authored and abandoned-after-we-started-having-babies food blog)
  • Bringing up Baby Bilingual blog posts: 432
  • Number of times a day I see, read, or hear something and think, "Oooooh, I should blog abot that!": probably 3 (more if Griffin has been particularly loquacious or I've been surfing the web)
  • Number of times a day I actually do write about it: hah!  Not even three times a week these days.
  • Conference presentations on raising children bilingually: 2 (CCFLT and ACTFL)
  • Articles written for Multilingual Living Magazine: 10, for my "Tatie Teaches a Toddler" column (access to all 70 back issues to the magazine available here)
  • Articles written for Multilingual Living's website: 15 (language learning activities for young children)
  • French storytimes coordinated: 17
  • Most commented post: 28 for French Films That Aren't Freaky
  • Most viewed post: 3350 page hits for Resources 
  • Followers: 133 (thank you!)
  • And, as of the wee hours of this morning, while I was boobing the baby back to sleep: 100,000! hits here on Bringing up Baby Bilingual!  That's a lot of zeroes.


  1. Congrats on all those hits, Sarah! I always love to check in with your blog from time to time - like you, too busy to do much blog-writing myself these days, but I am reading when I can. If you have the chance to get the kids into an immersion programme, that's wonderful - it's definitely worked for us, in fact we barely speak French at home anymore so it's all from school, but it's enough and they are both very bilingual now :-)
    Btw, I think the word for that bonnet is 'darling'!

    1. I'm so glad that it's working out so well for your multilingual family!

      Re the bonnet: I am definitely enjoying having a girl baby to dress as I wish, and I recognize that there's probably a short window of time where she'll let me do so, so I'm going to take advantage of it!

  2. What a great post, Sarah. Congrats on all those wonderful numbers. I hope Griffin loves Pioneer...

  3. Bravo! Your numbers are impressive. I look forward to reading many more posts by you.

  4. Really interesting post! Have just discovered your blog and I´m sure I´ll find it very helpful when trying to bring up my own child bilingually! Have just started my own blog re bringing my daughter up bilingually too!

    1. I'll enjoy following your adventures as you add more to your blog, Tracey!

  5. Fun post! I'm definitely one of your followers and really enjoy your blog (when I have time to read it!). I have to admit, I'm kind of addicted to checking the stats on my blogs. I get excited when it's double digits - can't imagine all those zeroes! Congrats!!!

  6. @Everyone--thank you for your congratulations! And, especially, thank you for reading my blog.

  7. Hi Sarah! Look at you guys!! (*waves hi at Ed, too*)

    I'm here because I am re-doing my links pages at my blog and wanted to see what was up here, since it feels like a century since I checked in. And hey!! There's a new one of you in the picture! Welcome, Gwyneth.

    Those are some impressive stats, Sarah, and I am so glad to see you are continuing to blog. I hope that when I update my links pages, more people will come and visit to see what you have going on in the world of helping the children you love become multilingual.

    Tell Ed I say hello and I hope that all of you are having a healthy and happy 2012 so far.

    Take care,

    1. Hi Karin! Ed says hi, Griffin says "When are we going to aller at Paris Maman, Maman, Maman, I want to see the Tour Eiffel, Maman, Maman, Maman, oh look un camion de pompiers!", and Gwyneth says "A-da-da-da-da-da." Good to hear from you, and best wishes for the new year!

  8. Just found your blog and am impressed! What a great list of resources and stories. I've been trying to do this myself on my blog but am obviously a newbie compared to you. Is it okay if I recommend your blog on my site: