La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Teething and Sitting and Fun Oh MY!

Here I am again, No it is not Monday like I said, but somehow every monday I'm busy or in a different country. So last Mamma Monday my dear college roomie Hannah from UVM came from South Africa to stay with us for a short week, it was fabulous to have her here, quick but sweet. Luca decided to bud his first tooth while she was there. 4 and a half month. Whaaaaat, right? Well quickly after that he budded (do you eve say that) his second tooth. He has not (knock on wood) had any symptoms though of teething. He still is an awesome sleeper (double knock on wood) and is lets say almost always a very pleasant baby…
 Right before we left for Croatia about two weeks ago,  randomly put his fat bum on the bed and he sat like that, all proud of himself for a LONG time. Eventually I pushed him (he was on the bed) and he fell, and got very pissed (rightly so I guess, but lawd does that boy have an attitude). Now he is smarter than me and figured out that by putting his and down it stops him from falling. Now by 5 months (yesterday was his 5 month mark) he is totally rocking sitting up on his own. He loves toys and grabbing crap from people. If you take it away he gives you a mouthfull. Thank god he cant talk, or else I'd be terrified of what he would be saying.
We just got back visiting our friends in Mali Losijn, it was a perfect week long vacation, the weather was warm and the company was perfect. Croatia is truly a beautiful country. Luca got a lot of rays of vitamin D and we found out he is terrified of bathtubs (we forgot to bring his own that he LOVES) and little girls. By little girls I mean baby girls, ones that shriek. It happened more than once that he looks at the cute little shrieky Croatian baby and bursts into tears. Not only do I have a boy with an attitude, but a total wimp. Ha I can't wait for these next couple of years. But god do I love him. He is a ball of sunshine and he NEVER fails to make me laugh. I mean who wakes up from sleeping with a huge smile on his face. such a freak. and I'm in love with him. So is Marco. We can't get enough of him. I'm sure all parents say that. 
Next week I will post about his first "solid" foods!!
the fam in Croatia

laughs on Nonna

I want a chocolate bar, and my Mamma shoves this in my hand

LB looks like a pinhead compared to Mattia

I. Want. To. Shove. It. In. My. Mouth.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Back in the Rhythm of Life

Here I am again, and I am now slowly putting a rhythm on our daily life, a routine we roughly stand by. We are back in Italy, and things are going great. Luca really is a SUPER great baby, I haven't had to pull my hair out yet (just cut it:)
Luca takes two and a half naps per day (morning, afternoon, evening) one of those naps are about 2 hours the others are about 45 min or so… He wakes up around 6, nurses and goes back to sleep until about 9ish… he plays either in his rocker or blanket while I do chores, and then around 11 hes ready for nap number 1… nurses, sleeps, than wakes up around noon, we play together, go out (each day that changes) and than he ready for nap number 2 around 1ish, he nurses, sleeps until about 3ish, and than we are off for another outing (again each day it changes, mostly we walk to places, but if the weather is crap than we take the car, we leave the house at least twice per day, either for an outing or for just a walk…) around 6 hes goes down for another nap, nurses, sleeps, and wakes up around 7. Bathtime (which btw he is OBSESSED with, and with the STOKKE scoop we dont even have to hold him)…
We all eat together at the table, well Luca sits in his Tripp Trapp, and plays with Sophie la Giraffe. Around 8-9 he goes back down to sleep for the night, he wakes up only once around 2ish to nurse, but than falls alseep in his crib. 
Yes we do not cosleep anymore, we have his crib right near my side of the bed, so when he wakes up at night I just swing him right over and he nurses right back to sleep. Its great because he sleeps right near us, but we dont have to worry about squashing him at night, he sleeps great too!
We still cloth diaper too, but I am not a freak about it, disposables are not the devil, so when we are on the go I stick his little hiney in the disposables and it all works out great. I'm not crunchy enough to be 100% dedicated…
Another question was to pacify or not… well Luca answered that with a big HELL NO! He seriously thinks they are a joke, or that your killing him, and he dramatically starts gagging. Yes we have given up, and I am happy this way, in the long run, I wont have to worry about him with a binkey in his mouth at 6 years old…  
Luca loves I mean LOVES making farting noises with his mouth, he also loves pigs, stuffing his fists in his mouth, he thinks Swiss German is hilarious, and little old ladies. Oh and he loves being naked too. He has discovered his little manhood. He grabs it and than smiles. I swear that boy.
He is getting better with his stroller, but still prefers the Ergo. Car seats are very iffy.
He hates getting his clothes on (dear lawd the winter is going to be great fun)
Other than that (and even when he gets mad and angry) he is great fun, it is amazing to see him grow, and learn each day, he is such a curious little monkey, and Marco and I are obsessed with him, but I guess thats what comes with becoming a parent:)
Here are some highlights of life and our recent trip to Switzerland
future captain?

kisses before dinner, and alllllllll the time:)

LB meeting Grossmi for the first time

Second cousins in the glider

view behind my aunts house

Ferry ride across the Lake of Zurich 

Grandpa playing for the Bean

LB all tucked in for a stroll along the Aare to Aarau
So I will be trying to write a new post every monday, I'll call them my mommy monday blog:)