I’m a 31 year old married mom with one sixteen month old, Santiago, and one baby on the way (#2monthstogo), Andres. The past 16 months have completely changed and reshaped my life.
My husband, born and partly raised in Peru, moved here when he was 8, a few years after his parents were able to make their way here. His first language was Spanish, but his main language is English. We speak English together, he speaks English at work, and after 6 years together, he started speaking Spanish in our home, to our son.
My experience with language is back and forth, up and down. I studied Spanish all through middle and high school. In college I switched to Italian and then reverted back to Spanish. And then to top it off I went into the Peace Corps and lived in the DR (Dominican Republic) for a little less than 2 years and became pretty fluent. I now get to practice my Spanish on a regular basis with my mother and father in law.
This is blog is intended to be my journey and experience in attempting to raise my two little boys (and any future kids) bilingual. So far, so good, but “Ago” isn’t speaking yet, other than “agua” he points and babbles a lot! We’ll see how it goes…