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"I've tried to reassure him that for the first few years, the baby's vocabularly will be limited enough for my DH to manage to learn and that by the time the baby has a more sophisticated Italian vocabulary, he or she will be able to also speak English quite well. But that doesn't resolve his concern about being "alienated" when we speak Italian."
I just want to say, this was so true for us. Our situation is probably a little different than most: me, DP, DS and I live with my parents. DP and I only speak Spanish to each other and to DS, and my mom didn't speak a word of Spanish. She is really close to my son and I was concerned that it would be awkward to try to maintain two languages within the household--bottom line, it has not been a problem at all, my mom has picked up on most of the basic Spanish words and she is even learning to speak sentences. Her vocab and ability to speak has advanced along just as my son's vocab has.
And honestly, living in the US usually means your kid will hear English most of the time, at least in school and in the 'outside world'. I am much more worried about DS not getting enough of the second language than him not picking up English. I was a SAHM for his first 2 years, approximately, so he heard a LOT of me talking to him in Spanish and he picked up English just as fast as Spanish, if not faster.
raising my two sunshine children.