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


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

Beer? Yes, please!

My pediatrician told me that drinking one beer a day would help with my breast milk production. I was really hoping that she would recommend a margarita, but alas, it’s only beer ;). Something about the hops? Anyway, I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, but let me tell you, I look forward to it each and every day!

I’m still a little hesitant to drink one in public while I have the baby (people are so damn opinionated and judgey)! I actually ordered one at a restaurant the other day and I had to breastfeed while we were there. I kinda pushed the beer over to Giampiero so people wouldn’t think I was drinking it 😉


It’s a Sign of the Times

So, of course I want to do this whole parenting thing right, and I know I probably only have one chance so… I use Google a lot. What did parents do before Google???

My search terms have been…
“Why won’t my baby stop crying”
“Has a baby ever chewed off a nipple”
“Can babies really use sign language”
The answers were “because you’re not doing it right”, “most definitely”, and “yes”!

You’ve probably never heard of this before (my mother-in-law hadn’t), but apparently, babies can learn sign language before they are able to talk and it helps them communicate their needs and feelings. Hard to believe right? I’m not sold yet, but I did just download an app that will hopefully answer some questions. It really just gives you some basic words like hungry, milk, more, mommy and daddy. Amelia is not even four months old, but I’m going to start signing some of these words and see what happens. She seems to be really curious right now. She watches every move we make anyway, so who knows.

I’ll update you all in a few months, but in the mean time, I’d love to hear from anyone who has experience with this!

Here’s our first lesson… the following sign means “more”…

Sign Language More

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sleeping baby

I think that every one of us has a picture in their mind of a mother, lulling her baby to sleep with some beautiful, soothing song, right?  Well, I’m a terrible singer and to top it off, I don’t really know any of these songs.  Did I just say that I’m a terrible singer?  Let me revise that statement.  In the car, I’m a ROCK LEGEND.  But in the presence of others, I’m just plain terrible.  My solution is to either sing songs that I make up on the spot, or just regular old top-40 songs.  My husband actually makes up songs where he goes through a list of every condiment that he can think of.  Other times it’s a song about cured meats.  You get the idea.  But me?  I stick to what I know and what suits the situation.  Either way, it works.  Well, sometimes 😉

Here are a few that work for me…

Who’s that girl, running around with poo? (modified from The Eurythmics)

Did ya happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world? And if you did, was she crying, crying? (by Charlie Rich)

Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?  Just like me, they long to be close to you. (The Carpenters)

I won’t share you (by The Smiths)

One, Two, Three MONTHS!

I’d love to post a picture of Amelia every month, but I’m obviously a little behind.  She’s hanging out with her Nonna right now so it’s time to catch up!

I’ll work my way backwards for this post…




She is getting to be a lot of fun.  She just started smiling in the last week.  She recognizes us and is super happy when she sees us.  She usually sleeps for about one-four hour stretch at night (usually from 11pm-3am).  She’s still sleeping in our bed, but we’re reading up on transitioning her into her crib.  She slept there when we first brought her home from the hospital, but it didn’t last long.  Hopefully, we’ll get back there without too much trouble.  Oh, and hallelujah… breastfeeding doesn’t hurt anymore!  I never thought I’d get through it, but I did and it feels triumphant!

3 moths



This picture was taken at the pediatrician’s office right before she had her first shots.  OMG.  It was FAR worse for me than it was for her.  My poor baby!  At least my husband was there being the strong guy.  Wouldn’t have made it this far without him 😉

2 months




She’s basically a larva here 😉  A super tiny and adorable larva, but still…  She loves riding in the car.  As soon as we put her in the car seat, she is fast asleep.  She wakes up every two hours or so and wants to eat which is exhausting, but look at her?  How can you deny this adorable face?!?

one month