Hello/Bonjour! Welcome to maman’s blog! I’m Erin and I live between Richmond and Charlottesville in beautiful Virginia with my husband, my Chou chou (a French term of endearment), and my daughter, Mon Cœur (literally, my heart, another term of endearment).
I’m a former French and ESOL teacher who is taking a year off from working full time in order to stay at home with our daughter. I’m a mother of two: when we were expecting our second daughter my husband fully supported my intention to focus on family. My father passed away in February 2019, while I was six months pregnant with our second. At that time, I realized how important family and spending time with family is, and how unfortunate it was that I was allowing my work to consume me. My husband and I both agreed that I should stay at home at least for the first year with our two girls.
Then, in May, we lost our second daughter at 38 weeks, due to her umbilical cord being wrapped around her twice.
As devastating as it has been, we are grateful to our extensive village, and to our first daughter who melts our hearts many times a day. Although we have experienced a roller coaster of emotions, we remain grateful for what we have and hopeful for the future.
There are still many adventures daily, and it is my goal through this blog to chronicle those adventures and the daily ups and downs with the intention of connecting to like-minded individuals and also helping others through sharing our stories.
This blog will focus on:
1. Maman et moi – all things Mom and me
Mon Cœur and I love to do lots of things together – arts and crafts, singing, outdoor walks, reading, cooking, and gardening. Check out art ideas, children’s book reviews, and how we adventure daily under maman & moi.
2. My monde – all things Mom
My Dad once wrote, “ Make your [priority] list, but on top of it do not forget to put yourself first ABOVE it all.” Easier said than done, as he well knew. I am constantly trying to make & take time for self-care. We are continuing to cope with our loss of Millie, and I am always looking for ways to better organize my life. Read how I am finding a balance and embracing a growth mindset under my monde.
3. Bilingual bébés – all things bilingual/in the spirit of raising bilingual
As a former world language teacher and Francophile, we are raising our kids bilingual. Read under bilingual bébé to see the how’s and why’s including specific resources for those looking to raise kids bilingual French/English.
side note: As a French geek, I will sometimes use French words in the middle of an otherwise English sentence. When I do this, the French word will be bold/italic and will have an English equivalent as necessary.
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