Paula, Professor Pocket and Raising a bilingual baby

Is anyone out there?

Still pushing for bilingual babies!! July 21, 2009

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As I mentioned in previous posts I want my little Leo to be bilingual, and I have been diligent about speaking to him mostly in Spanish. It’s amazing now that he is a bit older he is understanding and responding to things Joe and I say. This morning I tested out his comprehension of both languages.

Leo has this awesome fish mobile above his changing table and he and I have a ritual every morning of saying good morning to the sleeping fish. I always say it Spanish, “Leo, dile buenos dias a los pecesitos!” and Joe says it in English. Lately, when we say it he’s really grasping what we are telling him and he looks right at the fish and gets a huge smile.  This morning, I said it in both languages and his eyes went straight to the fish both times. It’s working!!!!

A friend of mine (thanks Danny B) found this great article today and it just reiterated everything I believe in and the reason why Nat and I started Professor Pocket. The business is going through a tough transition, and this article reinforces why we should be super successful one day.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_med_healthbeat_bilingual_tots

 

So, so long and so many milestones July 16, 2009

Filed under: Personal — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 5:48 pm

I guess I’ve been busy because it has been ages since I’ve written. Between work, Leo, Hubby, house etc. the time just seems to fly!

Leo is now 7months 3 weeks old and is just getting cuter, funnier and sweeter every day. He’s had so many milestones since I last wrote, rolling over, teeth, eating baby food, getting in crawling position, and now standing!

He’s so funny, he really doesn’t like being on his belly, he’d much rather stand. We’ve been working on it for a while and today he stood by himself with Joe! It seems like every day he is doing something new, or making a new sound. He’s so curious and interested in everything. He’s got three teeth, two bottom one on top that looks a bit dracula b/c it’s off to the side. He’s getting in the other three top teeth, and then my little baby will be more toddler than baby!

We’ve spent lots of time at the beach with him this summer. He loves playing in the sand and LOVES getting into the freezing California ocean.

Here are some pix of my little bird….

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A great first Mother’s Day… May 10, 2009

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Joe G isn’t the type of husband to go out and buy a card for anything, Bday’s, Christmas or Mother’s Day. Since we met he’s always made me cards, hand drawn, hand written and usually funny and touching. I’ve kept all of them through the years. Today he helped Leo make his first card, it made me cry. It’s been a great Mother’s Day and I wish all of you hard working mommies out there a wonderful day!!!photo(2)photo(3)

 

Been a while… April 17, 2009

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My cool little man...

My cool little man...

It has been quite a while since I’ve blogged. I’m sure it’s mostly due to the fact that I am enamored with my 4 month old and spending every second I can playing, reading, talking, walking with him. In addition I think I go through phases where I wonder if anyone reads this, or cares to hear about my day, my thoughts and opinions.

Anyway, Leo is sleeping and I’m actually not tired enough to take a nap with him, so here I am, back in the blog world.

My maternity leave officially ends tomorrow. I can’t believe it, time goes by way to quickly and you can’t do anything to stop it. I was looking back at pictures of myself the night I went into labor and the first time I saw Leo and it seems like a different person or time of my life for some reason. Things change so quickly, you barely have time to take it all in.

Leo is changing way too quickly. Every single day he surprises me with something new, a new sound, a new look. Lately, it’s rolling over and now sucking his thumb! It’s so amazing to me how curious he is already at only 4 months old. He wants to examine and touch everything he sees, and I can look in his face and see his expression; he’s trying to figure out the world around him. It’s overwhelming for me sometimes to think that I have to be the one to prepare him to enter the world and survive it! I am dedicated to do so, to making sure he is armed with the confidence, intelligence and sense of humor you need to move ahead and be happy in this crazy world.

And I am trying to remember all those characteristics in myself as I face next week, my first week back at work after 4 1/2 months! Logically I know it will be fine. I know Leo will survive the days without me and I’ll survive the days away from him, but I still can’t get that sick feeling out of my belly. I figure I’ll have to get through the first couple of weeks and then it will get easier and easier as time passes. I’ll keep you posted, will let you know how it all goes.

 

I GOOPed and Liked it! March 17, 2009

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Gwyneth Paltrow has been getting lots of slack about her self-involved, self-promoting website GOOP. I live in LA and you can’t avoid hearing celebrity gossip. LA loves to love celebrities, but they love to criticize them even more. Anyway I finally checked out the site yesterday and I enjoyed reading it. It is a bit self-promoting and self-absorbed but it had some interesting information about travel, food, exercise etc. Since I am on a mission to get my pre-baby body back (haha), I have been searching out the best exercise videos. Gwyneth posted one from her personal trainer that will literally kick your butt. It’s great and I wanted to share it with you too! You can download the Quicktime version to your desktop or ipod. Go get GOOPed…

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Grandma came to visit! February 26, 2009

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Joe’s mom came to visit us last weekend. It was our birthday present to her, a ticket to come see Leo, her first grandchild. Leo had so much fun, and it was wonderful having the extra help! Here are some funny pictures.leo-laugh1 leo-face

 

It’s never to early to learn a second language February 20, 2009

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Now that I have a baby I am living up to the expectation I set for myself even before I had children, which is to raise my little ones bilingually. As a business owner of a bilingual childrens’ company there is no excuse for me, my child must be bilingual! Joe and I made a pact when we found out I was pregnant, I speak Spanish and he speaks in English to the baby. So far so good. I am enjoying singing, reading and talking to Leo in Spanish so much, plus it really is great practice for me and my rusty Spanish. He loves all of the Spanish nursery rhymes that I remember from my childhood, and I have found some classic books in Spanish to share with him as well. Not only that, he is already at 2 1/2 months a huge Professor Pocket fan! He loves the songs and music, and as soon as I can get it on film I will post him listening to his favorite song. Buenas Noches Luna…