the past few posts/weeks have all been about little man jonathan. i assure you, brandon has not been getting the short end of the stick in anything, but my blog posts and instagram images have rarely starred him as of late. but don’t you worry, little brandon will be the star for a few weeks this coming in november. birthdays are special and magical, and i treat them as such.
one thing that can’t wait, not even until his 21st month grow post is my baby boys growing vocabulary. as you recall, i may have had some worries about his speech….or lack thereof really. but like i mentioned in his last grow post, things have been looking up. not only is my little man saying new words, he’s saying the words he used to used to previously say in english, in spanish as well! yup! every time a new word is uttered in english (both from brandon and jonathan) i feel a little bit defeated, but every time they learn that word in spanish or learn a new word in spanish my heart soars once again and faith in my “method” is restored once again.
yes, i want my children to be proficient in english. i want them to master it and use it to their advantage, but i also know that once they grow and find reasons to use it less and less (as they will, this is the united states after all) that i want to have laid as strong as a foundation as possible so that they can have spanish in their arsenal of weapons for this thing called life. and they’ll need it. this is the united states after all.
so here goes a little list of my littlest guys greatest accomplishment so far. brandon now knows that when someone is holding open a door for us, we say thank you. if i ask him to repeat it in spanish, for our spanish speaking neighbors he’ll say ya-ya (gracias) without hesitation. ya-ya. just like jonathan used to say. sets my heart a flutter every time. when we’re at home and pass him a toy, or place him in his highchair to eat, or give him his straw cup, he says ya-ya now instead of tent-you. this is my favorite part. he’s grasping the difference between the languages. he defaults to english outside our apartment’s front door. he defaults to spanish inside our home!
bass-you (bless you) is also getting the ol’ spanish kick when he sometimes says salu (salud) instead. other words that may or may not fit the bilingual bill that i’m still super proud of will make it to this post. his dash train is no longer a “toot toot” just like thomas and diesel, dash is da-ah. our friend super mario is da-u-wo. he’ll point to a dog and exclaim dah but he’ll pant right away when i say perrito. when i hand him juice he claps and says gu-go (jugo). banana (and manaza and uvas) are na-na-na and we say banana more often than gunieo when we speak in spanish, so i’m gonna add that to the spanish column as well. when i count 1 he continues too, tre (tres) another thing jonathan used to do as well; mix both languages up when counting. and when we continue 4,5,6,7 he continues eigh, nigh, te-eh. when he picks up a phone (or a remote control) to his ear he starts off ah-lo (when answering a phone we say halo [silent h] in stead of hola…….hmmmm….. weird….) and in the past week he started calling jonathan na-ño. disregard what i said earlier, this is my favorit-ist! (in ecuador, we loving call our brother or sister ñaño or ñaña more often than hermano or hermana)
there’s plenty of words missing and he understand way more than he talks, too. like seeing his bottle of che-che (leche – his first word after dada) and kissing us when we ask him to give besos. we all kiss each other goodnight before bed and we all get kisses from him before his nap – also when we wake up…….and a thousand times more in between….
so, yeah he still calls me dah-deeeee and on a good day, nah-ni, but i’m sure my heart will explode when he finally says mami and there will be new inspiration for another blog post on his vocabulary then.