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Just curious why you waited so long to introduce Spanish. I spoke to my children in English from the crib. Once they began to talk, I gently guided them towards English. It honestly wasn't difficult at all! Two did kind of mix but they sorted it out.
I will admit that I'm a little discouraged to read that you want her to "enjoy" speaking Spanish. I insist that my children hold my hand when we cross the street, I don't expect them to "enjoy" it. If they want to, great. If not, too bad. Same goes for eating. I don't let them eat directly from their plate just because they "enjoy" it (which, btw, they do!) Sometimes a parent has to be a parent.
Later on, she'll "enjoy" being bilingual when she gets jobs and opportunities that non-bilinguals don't. She'll "enjoy" relationships with people with whom she couldn't have communicated if she didn't speak Spanish. For now, if it's important for her to know her culture and heritage, than it has to be done. Waiting this long wasn't wise but she's still young. Toddlers resist things. While my children speak English willingly, they wont wear certain clothes and have fits about other things. Toddler parents almost all face some battle. Unfortunately, yours' is your culture and language but don't feel that the game is already over or that you're the only parent whose toddler resists something!
So don't be afraid to be a parent and to do what is best for your child. When she's older, and asks how a car engine works or how babies are born, you'll be really glad that you can explain in your own language. I'm fully fluent in French but very happy now that our conversations are no longer "baby talk" to use my native English (although I often have to translate a word, it's not a big deal).