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

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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 😉

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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 😉

xo,

Denise