Beli is doing amazingly well with all three languages. She is beginning to make the transition from asking me something in Spanish like, "que es Mami?" to walking over to hubby and asking the same question but in Croatian, " što je to?" As far as English is concerned, we aren't too worried, she knows the colors, and some animals, plus she listens to Mommy and Daddy interact and sometimes she repeats some phrases like, "excuse me" after she burps.
For right now we are concentrating on speaking our native tongues. I will admit that since Croatian is spoken all around her she tends to understand and speak it more often. It's quite comical though at times she asks me something in Croatian and keeps repeating it until I finally ask Hubby "what is she saying?!"
Yesterday, I asked her if she wanted uvas and she said, "uvas?" And I repeated in English "grapes" she replied "quieres uvas, no grapes!" I said, so you want uvas, but not grapes?"
Hubby and I only smiled!
Like all parents, knowing that we are providing a loving and nurturing environment is very important for us. Living overseas with hubby's family nearby is a decision we both made even before Beli was born. We both knew that we wanted to stay at home with her and this would have been quite difficult (but not impossible) to accomplish in the States.