As Alex turned one, I struggled with the decision to return to work. I know full well what challenges this will pose for us on our bilingual journey. His peers, childcare providers and social circles will all speak English. Will my time in the mornings, evenings and weekends be enough for Alex to keep growing in his French acquisition? Will I be too distracted (or exhausted!) to keep up the commitment we’ve made when I start seeing the effects of his English surroundings? Still, each time he points at his nez, claps les mains or blows me a bisou, I renew the promise we made to raise a bilingual baby back when we knew we were expecting him nearly two years ago. He and I have come far together these last 12 months. I hope the bond we have built on this Franco-American world I’ve constructed for him will see us through the coming, trying months.