Language switch

Chloe is, at her 2 years and 5 months, almost perfectly bilingual – there are some words that she mixes up but mostly out of laziness (and some that mpampá makes up too!).

I would say her first language is English, since that’s the one she uses when talking to herself, or babies and pets! But probably her Spanish is more advanced – definitely her grammar is.

The latest thing I’ve noticed though, is a context switch between the languages!!

She will be playing with her babies, speaking English, and talking in the first/second person: “Come here baby, I’m making some food you don’t cry”, and suddenly she’ll switch to Spanish because I’m around, but uses the third person! “The mami is going to Tesco’s and the baby is sleeping”

So I’ve decided to call them the pretend language and the narrating language 😁

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Caring / Cuidando

Chloe has been really into looking after her dolls lately. Feeding and breastfeeding them, taking them for walks on their pushchair, putting them to sleep, and even bringing them along to our different activities and shopping!

The cutest thing happened yesterday. She was playing with her boy doll, and speaking English to him too! It went like this:

* Sits doll on the potty *

– Whoa poopoo. Wipe!

* Storms off to her room to find a cloth wipe *

– Done. Wait, mami wipe water. (To me) mami, agua toallita (water wipe).

* I wet the wipe and give it back *

– Whoa clean poopoo wipe. Done! Wipe bin.

* Puts wipe in wipe bin *

Últimamente Chloe está cuidando a sus muñecas muchísimo. Les da de comer, pecho, las pasea en el carrito, las acuesta, y se las trae a las actividades y a comprar!

Ayer hizo una cosa graciosísima. Estaba jugando con su muñeco, y le hablaba en inglés:

* Lo sienta en el orinal *

– Whoa poopoo. Wipe! (Guau, caca. ¡Toallita!)

* Sale corriendo a su cuarto a por una toallita de tela *

– Done. Wait, mami wipe water (Ya. Espera, mami toallita agua). (A mí) mami, agua toallita.

* Mojo la toallita y se la doy *

– Whoa clean poopoo wipe. Done! Wipe bin. (Guau limpiar caca toallita. ¡Ya! Toallita cubo)

* Echa la toallita al cubo *

Doll / Muñeca

I got Chloe this soft doll for Christmas, even though I wasn’t too sure at what age toddlers start with role/symbolic play. I also got her a small Mei Tai to carry her dolls when she’s older 😃

Turns out it’s starting earlier than expected! Albeit in a very rudimentary form, of course.

First she started pointing at the doll’s eyes and doing her eye sign (squinting), and pointing at the doll’s nose and then at her own nose. I showed her what she could do with the sling too (shame she can’t put it on by herself!).

Then two days ago she put her doll to my boob and made eating noises 😂, and today she sat her on the potty making grunting wee noises, as well as tried to wear her on a rucksack! (It must be mentioned that I use the same word in Spanish for baby/doll carriers and small rucksacks).

Le compré esta muñeca blandita por Reyes, sin tener muy claro a qué edad empiezan con el juego simbólico. También le compré recientemente un mini Mei Tai para portear a sus muñecas, cuando sea mucho mayor claro.

Al parecer hemos empezado antes de lo esperado 😃 aunque claro, es todo aún muy básico. 

Primero empezó a señalar los ojos de la muñeca y a hacer su gesto de ojitos (entrecerrar los ojos), y a señalarle la nariz y luego la suya. Ahí le enseñé lo que puede hacer con el Mei Tai (mochilita). Una lástima que no se la pueda poner sola.

Hace un par de días me puso a la muñeca al pecho haciendo ruidos de comer 😂 y hoy la ha puesto en el orinal haciendo su gruñidito de pipí, y ha intentado portearla en una mochilita normal!