Maria José Ovalle
Everyday is a new adventure with a baby. Of course I know that because Little L is my second child, but my goodness, it never ends!
She’ll be 10 months this week and at 7 months started pulling herself up and standing up, holding on the the crib. Soon she started cruising, and now she stands with one hand and even lets go and is on her own! When I hold her standing up, she just takes off running — she is desperate to walk and my husband and I think it will happen soon.
But is it too soon?
Bi-cultural and bilingual homes are becoming more the norm these days. In our home, we speak both English and Spanish. I am Chilean, my husband is from Wisconsin, and we have agreed to raise our children bilingual.
When deciding on names for both of our children, we agreed that we wanted strong names that could work in both English and Spanish so that neither side of the family was left out. Meaning, we wanted his parents to be able to pronounce them and my family too.
Also, for me it was important that my children’s names reflect who they are culturally and for them to have a connection to their Chilean roots. I just couldn’t not name my children Spanish names — it wouldn’t feel natural, and I am thankful my husband agreed. Besides, we found names that worked perfectly in both languages! Yep, Little L is Lucía and M is Matías.
I know there are many, MANY families in our situation wanting to give a nod to their Hispanic background — so I put together a list of boys and girls names that work in both English and Spanish. Of course, there are tons more, but here’s a selection of my favorites. Maybe a few have accents, but that doesn’t matter; what counts is that it is easy to pronounce and read.
Hola, it’s me, Little L! This is my monthly recap of all of the things I’ve learned, discovered and chewed on. I’m 9 months and ooooh man, the fun just doesn’t end!
Mami is so easy to fool, although she does play hard to get sometimes when she makes me cry it out in my crib. Most of the time I win, but she is pretty sneaky herself, so I have to keep up!
And my brother M — I have to watch out for him because he is Mami’s helper and is always taking things away from me, saying “she can put it in her mouth.” He’s right, but what’s wrong with that?! I just want to get a little taste! And Papi, well, he’s the best — he lets me do what I want. I feel pretty calm around him. I just snuggle up with him when it’s dark outside, and we watch the news. First the BBC, then the local news. It’s our thing. He’s the only one that I will sit still with. He smells nice too, like my bath soap.
So here are 10 things I’ve mastered this month — I hope you are proud of me!
Oh, how sweet today was!
I hadn’t really thought about it, but I when I take my 4-year-old to the playground, I leave Little L in the stroller. I don’t know if it’s because she is the second child, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that she was ready for the swings, or that I could let her crawl on the soft surface or just let her roam and explore. But today, we just let her go free and she LOVED it! Poor girl, I think she’s been wanting to let loose and explore.
Here are a few snaps of our afternoon — you can’t get any happier than she was!