Walking, Talking and Mountain Climbing!

My last post was for Halloween!  That was eight months ago!  The reason for the lag is because basically right after Halloween, Amelia started walking… then RUNNING, then getting into practically everything that I own.  It’s a lot different than when I could just put her down in one place and she couldn’t get too far.  Now I do a lot of chasing, but it’s a blast.

We are having a great time and in fact have moved to Italy for the next 6 months!  Amelia is adjusting well and having a great time with her Nonna and Nonno.  She is starting to say words and I think that before we leave in November, she will be speaking Italian!  At the very least, she will be able to say, “MANGIA”!

Her first words are dog, more, apple and water.  She’s also just mastering Mommy, Daddy, Nonna and Nonno.  Oh, and of course she can say NO!

Here’s a photo of her exploring the mountains in Cavria (her ancestral home)…

Cavria Mountain Girl

Cavria Mountain Girl


This kid!!!

9 Month QT

We had our 9 1/2 month well-check today at the pediatricians office and it couldn’t have gone better!  First of all, she was already caught up with her vaccines, so NO SHOTS TODAY!  Well, except for a tiny flu shot which she handled very well.  Her dad and I both got them as well except for instead of the shot, they gave us the “mist” (which I’d never heard of)!  Apparently, they spray the live flu virus up your nose and it’s not a strong enough dose to give you the flu, but it’s enough to make your body’s defenses “remember” to fight it off if you really get exposed.  Weird.

So Miss Amelia is now 18lbs. 12.5oz.  which is about what we thought.  She’s catching up (statistics-wise) and is now in the 50th percentile!  yay!  She’s 28 inches tall (55th percentile) and her head has a circumference of 45.5 inches (75th percentile).

We were also given the go-ahead to add some additional foods to her diet (the Doctor said she might be getting her first molar)!!  New foods include cheerios, greek plain yogurt, cheese and some pasta or bread (in small doses).  Still no dairy.  And our next appointment isn’t until her first birthday!!!!  I can’t believe that it’s only two months away!

Oh, and yesterday she stood up on her own and stood there for about 2-3 seconds!  WOO HOO!  We are predicting that she will be walking in her tenth month!



Traveling with a 5, 6 and 7 month old

7 and a half monthsWe just returned from our world-wind 6 week trip to Europe and I can’t believe how long it’s been and how much has changed since I last posted here!  When we left, Amelia was still in the five month old “category” and now (on the 18th), she’ll be 8 months old!  Here’s a breakdown of what’s new…

Amelia is now sleeping and napping in her crib (hallelujah)!

She has EIGHT teeth (she’s only bitten me a few times when she was just learning how to use them… OUCH)!

She eats 3 solid food meals per day (mostly from Plum Organics).

She sits up on her own and has just begun to think about crawling.  She’s got perfect form, she just hasn’t put it in motion yet 😉

There’s a lot to tell about travelling with her.  I’ll have to break it down into mini posts, but the general idea is that the plane ride wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be… but the car rides were tough!  She DOES NOT LIKE HER CAR SEAT!  Anyway, like I said, I’ll post more in a bit.  We just graduated to somewhat normal nap times, so I actually can predict when I have time to myself.

Thanks for reading!



5 Months Old

I’m a little late posting this (Amelia turned 5 months old on the 18th). She woke up on her birthday with her first tooth! Which explains why I haven’t had time to write… She’s been a bit (a lot) more fussy that usual. In fact, just more than a week later, she already has two teeth and I think is working on her third!
She also rolled over (from back to front) two times on her birthday but hasn’t done it again since.
We have a pediatrician appt this Thursday for her last round of shots before we leave for Italy on the 10th. Oh, and we fed her her first solid food yesterday for the first time… Avocado. She ate a little. Didn’t seem all that excited about it. Maybe she will like bananas better.

I weighed her yesterday and she’s almost 14 lbs! She is not even close to sleeping through the night (although breastfeed babies aren’t supposed to, I’m told). She wakes me up to nurse about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Ugg. I’m hoping that after we are feeding her more solids, that she will sleep longer.

Here are some photos of her recent adventures…





Losing the Baby Weight

It’s been almost four months since I gave birth and I was promised that if I were to breastfeed, i would lose the baby weight. Hmmm.
I’ve always been pretty thin. All my life I’ve been lucky enough to not have to excercise , but apparently that’s over…

The first week after Amelia was born, I lost 30 lbs.! I thought surely by the second week, I’d be back in my skinny jeans. It might have been the chocolate cake, cookies and crackers I was eating at every waking moment, but that never happened.

So now for plan B. What if I cut out some of the sweets? Nope. That didn’t work. What if I get some excercise? I started walking with the stroller almost daily. The problem with that is that I hate the outdoors and any sort of physical activity (not really).  Actually, I’m getting more used to my now daily-ish walks and really enjoying pushing myself.  I started using an app on my phone called Runkeeper.  It’s great because it’s almost like a game, and I’m very competitve… even if it’s just against myself 😉

I set a goal of losing 15 lbs by the time we leave for Italy in June.  That means that I have about a month and a half to lose ten more lbs. (I’ve already lost 5).

I refuse to post a photo of my belly… maybe I’ll post an “after” pic 😉



I can’t believe that we got this video, but it was the very first time that Amelia laughed.  This was taken about a week ago (she is 4 months old), and SHE HASN’T DONE IT SINCE!  It’s driving me CRAZY!  I know that she will laugh again soon and I’m told that soon she’ll be cracking up at everything.  Parenting is seriously the most gratifying thing that I’ve ever done 🙂

Click on link for amazingly cute video >>>  Amelia’s First Giggle

Amelia's First Giggle

Amelia’s First Giggle