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 😉