Monday, 6 February 2017

Bilingual ^_^

When I found out I was pregnant I was determined to raise my baby bilingual - which means I will only speak Dutch to him so he will learn that language. Easy peasy I thought… How wrong was I..?!?

Well it all starts with the fact that I am already in the UK since 2008, so a long time with not speaking Dutch 24/7… Only the weekly Skype video’s or the occasional chat or email. You don’t know how much of the usual and normal words you actually forget. Take spoon for example… It took me hours to find out (Yes… I could have been smarter to use a translator programme haha) and only found out by showing the actual object to much amusement to my dad.

The troubles with my language first arrived whilst in labour - when you are in that amount of pain your brain automatically refers to your own language, to much amusement of my Other Half. He answered questions for me asked by doctors and they were not impressed with him answering. (I can’t remember much of this bit…) but apparently I heard and understood clearly what they were asking and I got frustrated and annoyed why they couldn’t understand my answers… well if you start asking those questions during a contraction I will answer in Dutch.. John, my OH, knew what was asked and knew what the answer was. So when the doctor finally asked me quite rudely if I understood her, I apparently said: “Yes I bloody do, why do you not understand my answers back..!!” She then finally understood that I was answering the questions. Plus the midwives and my OH now know a few explicits in Dutch haha!

The first couple of months I was struggling, luckily Deacon was still a newborn so it didn’t really matter lots, but I wanted to get in the hang of things. But on top of everything else, besides being a new mom, no sleep, a newborn and figuring him and us out. Plus him ending up in Hospital I added the other stress on top of only speaking Dutch. My OH then told me to focus on a few things at the time and I would slowly slip into a routine with him. Thank god for him being so sensible, I had enough worries to worry about!

Now, Deacon is 6 months, and it goes perfect! Well, it goes ok.. When it is just me and him I only speak Dutch, to the point when someone phones me, my first few words are usually Dutch. I only have troubles when I am surrounded by others, not so much with my OH. But out in public - I already have had the occasional comment and look when I am not speaking English and that makes me conscious especially with the looming Brexit coming up.

But I will persevere! I have a lovely Dutch mama friend who lives around the corner and her baby is 3 weeks younger than Deacon. We help each other out with talking, learning, teaching and just playing in both languages. There are tons of books available on Amazon which are bilingual with sometimes hilarious translations.

I guess - in the end it doesn’t matter. I don’t want Deacon to forget his other roots but with the help of my lovely family and friends that shouldn’t be a problem.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Week 5 - Our weekly adventures


I thought I do something else, something new. Instead of vlogging our week I will do a summary on paper instead. The vlogging will be coming, but not at the moment.
So let's get started ^_^

Monday 30 January
We haven't done much - Munchkin was just happily playing all day with me. His papa had an early shift at work and we picked him up from Starbucks when he was finished. We walked to Middlebrook shopping centre and had a little look at the poundshops. I want to make some sensory bottles so having a look for bits, such as Loombands.

Tuesday 31 January
Papa started late, so we had a nice morning together. We have no baby groups today, although there is a playgroup but it is a bit driving, and I wasn't feeling well as Munchkin decided not to sleep well. So walking with papa to work, get some food from Asda and go home. At home I pureed some cauliflower and broccoli which is now in the freezer.

Wednesday 1 February
wow - It is February already..!! We had a relatively good night with Munchkin. He slept, or let me sleep till 0815 with 2 wake ups for milk. Awesome!
In the morning Papa, Munchkin and I went to 1 charity shop and Papa carried Munchkin in the Lillebaby. Munchkin still needs to get used to it, but does like it and falls asleep in it! After the charity shop run we went back home, whilst papa got dressed to get to work, Munchkin and I went to Baby Sensory in Lostock. He loves it there, whenever the song plays he smiles and the little activities and playtime he loves too. Plus a bonus for me as Munchkin normally falls asleep really well after as was today... Yippie! He slept from 1520 - 1730.. Whoops... But is now in bed asleep since 8pm.
I had another evening of entering competitions, reading up on the Dutch news and sorting out baby clothes for Ebay sellings.

Thursday 2 February
It was an ok night... It could have been better, more sleep for mama! haha but it is ok. We didn;t go to playgroup at the church this morning as Munchkin decided to have his morning nap from 10am till 11am haha! Gave me time to film a video about makeup. We went to weigh in at the Health Centre, where he is perfect weigh of 18.1lb :) a healthy baby boy. Then we went through some charity shops and picked papa up from work. Relatively easy and quiet night tonight.

Friday 3 February
Well did I jinxed it or what?!? The night was horrendous...! Lil man decided that 4am was a perfect time for waking up and playing... He fell asleep again at 6am...
But we had a good day, Papa was off and we went into Bolton Town Centre. Not a great deal, but walked around some charity shops, we had coffee at Starbucks and lunch at cafe Odessa. Lovely! Now back home and papa is now picking up his girls who are staying for the weekend. By the time papa got back with the girls Munchkin was fast asleep.

Saturday 4 February
Today was a lovely day - we drove to Manchester to visit the Museum of Science & Industry. The girls loved it and Munchkin also had a long but lovely day. We also went to the town centre and walked around Arndale and some charity shops. We got home late afternoon and spend rest of evening watching silly Youtube videos and I fell asleep just after 10.

Sunday 5 February
A nice relaxing day - Munchkin did had a weird night... But woke up all happy! Papa unfortunately had to work late afternoon. Once we got home we chilled and watched some Netflix. After they left, Munchkin was really upset. Real tears and sobbing his heart out, broke mine..!! He has finally fallen asleep and is in his cot. Now coffee for me, dishes and hanging up washing. With some netflix or radio on the background.