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


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!



Her First Trip… Il Suo Primo Viaggio

Look what came in the mail yesterday!  She just so happens to be wearing an Easter bunny suit in the picture.  We had to pull the bunny-eared hood down for the photo shoot so customs wouldn’t mistake her for a rabbit 😉


It’s no surprise that my husband, Giampiero is Italian.  He was born in the U.S., but spent summers in Italy with his brothers and family.  His parents still live in Italy and have been staying with us since Amelia was born, but will be going home in about 3 weeks.  Naturally, Amelia’s first international trip will be to see them (they’ve already voiced their displeasure about being away from her for even a short period of time).  This trip also aligns with a trip my friends are taking to Europe, so it will be fun to meet up with them as well while we’re on our vacation.  We plan on going to Italy and setting up a “home base” with the in-laws and then meeting my friends in Venice and traveling with them to Croatia.  We will be gone for 6 weeks so we’re pretty excited about it.

What I’m NOT excited about is the anxiety of traveling with an infant on an international flight.  Will she cry?  Will she SCREAM?  Will her tiny ears hurt?  And then there’s getting around in Europe.  Do we buy a car seat there?  Take ours?  How much stuff do I bring with me?  The stroller?  Carriers?  Diapers??  Clothes???  Ugg.  SO many questions.  Obviously, I’ll write about it here so you can all (all 3 of you 😉 ) keep up with our adventures.  And of course, any advice is greatly appreciated.

Oh, and did I mention that I don’t speak Italian?  Ive got to work on that 😉





The Grand Canyon

Canyon selfie ;)

Canyon selfie 😉

My husband and I both decided that from now until the time that Amelia starts school, that we should take every opportunity available to travel and explore with her… Even if she is too young to remember any of it.  Easier said than done, no?

No. I always seem to have some excuse as to why this weekend won’t work, but guess what? Who cares.  Just go.

The Grand Canyon was on the list, so that was it!  My mom decided to join us at the last minute so we picked her up along the way.  It was a tight squeeze with all the baby gear, but we made it work, and we are on the road (pardon the pun) to learning how to travel with an infant.

The view was unreal.

The view was unreal.

We had dinner at El Tovar which is on the ridge of the canyon.  It reminded me of Disneyland… It was packed with families and kids everywhere. I was worried that Amelia would start to cry at dinner, but there were so many other kids there, it didn’t matter.

The next morning, Giampiero went on a hike into the canyon while my mom, Amelia and I checked out the gift shops. We met up later and started the trek home. Amelia has decided this week that she’s not too fond of the car seat so sitting in the car for more than an hour is hard. She’s happy for a small 10 minute window and then she either wants to eat or sleep. We’re wondering if this is a phase. It’s hard to hear her cry in the car and not be able to really comfort her.  She’s 13 weeks old this week and changing dramatically every week.  Here’s a family photo where she’s crying 😦


The Philippines

My husband and I (boyfriend at the time) had been dating for about a year when he asked me to join him on a trip to the Philippines.  He was going to visit some friends and attend a meeting for work and I was lucky enough to tag along.  We spent several days in Boracay and then about a week in Bacolod.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from that trip…