Wenjonggal is a 40something single mom to a four year old Big Boy adopted from China. She is also owned by a St Bernard: Xiao Chien. We all live with two cats in the Canadian province of Quebec. We are anglophone at home, speak French at daycare (garderie) and the street (and mom at work sometimes), and are learning Mandarin Chinese. This blog will be about preschoolers, parenting, learning chinese, multiracial families, adoption, raising a child to be trilingual, big dogs and whatever else is pertinent to Big Boys and Xiao (small) Chiens (dogs).
I hope you’ll join us.
Big Boy is four years old. His birthday is later in the school year so he won’t be starting preschool until fall 2010. He eats just about anything (he claims to like salad and raw tomatoes now he is a Big Boy), moves constantly anytime he is awake, and loves his mommy and his dog. He is into Dora, Bob the Builder, Mulan, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, water, snow, cooking, princess dressup, and books, especially library books. He rejects Chinese unless it makes him proud to know it! He is very outgoing, headstrong, and curious about almost everything. His favorite word, of course, is WHY???
Xiao Chien is a neutered female rough coat Saint Bernard dog. She’ll be three years old Feb 2010. Unlike many Saints she is rather excitable, especially when her people laugh, play, dance or run around, and prone to barking, especially if she has something in her mouth. She loves to pick up old Tim Hortons coffee cups, huge branches, empty water bottles or her leash and jump around growling and barking and carrying on. Xiao Chien especially likes playing rough with dogs and getting loved up by people. She is known to be overly friendly especially with visitors and the mail carrier.
Used to be a nightowl and quickly lapsing back into it despite parenthood, with “gets more work done at night” her main excuse. Used to travel and go out a lot but that is mostly limited now to visiting grandma and grandpa in BC and going to child friendly places. Subscribes to too many magazines, buys too many books, including books in Chinese, learning chinese and chinese reference, way too many to read. Chinese is her new addiction (besides coffee and cheese) since it is in no way an obligation. She uses learning Chinese as a way to procrastinate from all her other obligations. This blog is part of that. Enjoy.