Here we are

We are now almost two weeks into the quarantine imposed by the government, but its been more than two weeks for us since life was “normal”. The last day I went to work was Monday, March 2nd, the last day we did a “normal” activity was Wednesday, March 4th when we took Felicity to her kids’ music class.

I haven’t updated in a few days because of something that occurred at work that affected me directly. I don’t think it’s right to post about it here but it had a huge impact on me and I’ll leave it at that.

Besides that we are fine. The situation in Italy has only gotten worse. The numbers climb and climb. Italy has surpassed China in the number of deaths. The government has said restrictions will be only be stricter and the quarantine will go on longer. The worst of it is in the North of Italy, far from us. I can’t imagine what life is like there. So many people have died, so many that the military was required to transport the dead bodies of Bergamo to another town to be cremated. It’s surreal.

Here in Campania, we are getting closer to 1000 cases but the cases have not been exploding like in North. I think, for the most part, the people of Campania have taken the measures seriously and are staying inside to keep this from spreading like it has in the North.

Prayers for everyone in Italy and everywhere today.


Easter Preparations


Our first day of Spring Break was so nice. We didn’t do anything special but staying at home and hanging out with my kids, was so nice. We spent the morning at home, Umberto and Felicity helped movers that came to set up furniture in our apartment. Felicity found lots of “new” toys that had been hiding downstairs. Raffaello and I took a little walk to the grocery store.

When we got back, I made lunch for the kids and us. The kids had Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese with peas and yogurts. I made salad bowls for us with roasted sweet potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, chickpeas and macademia nuts. I’m so into salad bowls with roasted veggies!

After lunch, Raffi took a nap. I tried to have Felicity take a “quiet time” by watching a movie on Netflix, but she wasn’t having it. In the end I made myself a cup of green tea and we went to play downstairs at the “new” slide, swing, and seesaw my sister-in-law gave us since her kids have outgrown it. She played on that, we went on a little walk in the garden next to our house than my in-laws take care of. There’s pumpkins, lettuce, and escarole in season right now. There’s also lemon, orange and mandarin trees. We talked about what was growing and looked at some of the vegetables growing. We made it back upstairs a little before 3 because Umberto had to leave to teach private lessons.

After Umberto left, Raffaello woke up and we set up the egg dying kit my mom sent. The kids had a lot of fun doing but I think next year will be easier. Felicity didn’t quite understand waiting for the eggs to dye, but she loved how they looked when they finished.

After egg dying we went outside to play on the terrace until Umberto came home. Once he was home we decided to go to a bar/restaurant that has a great little kid’s area for them to play. I had envisioned us getting a cocktail while the kids played but when we arrived, the garden area was being set up for a party that night and all the outdoor seating was gone. The kids still played for half an hour or so while we shared a Spritz. After that, we headed home.

I made a simple dinner for the kids (pasta with tomato sauce) and we had leftovers (leftover mac and cheese for me, Umberto had a veggie soup we made the night before).


We had great weather Friday, but Saturday was back to the cold, windy, rainy weather we’ve had since January. Felicity slept in until nearly 10 so Raffaello and I left around 9:30 to run some errands. We needed some ingredients for the cookies and carrot cake I wanted to make (in the end, we will have way too many sweets at Easter, so F and I will make the carrot cake later this week as an activity). I have seriously been missing Aldi and LIDL that we had in Switzerland. A friend from work suggested to try MD, a similar store but Italian. I found one about 10 minutes away in another town so Raffi and I headed there to buy the ingredients for the sweets. I was very happy, very similar to Aldi! After the grocery store we needed to hit up the “Chinese” store for the Easter baskets. The “Chinese” store is a type of store you can find in any town in Southern Illinois. It’s owned by Chinese immigrants and sells everything under the sun, almost like a dollar store.

We got what we needed and headed home. The kids took advantage of it not raining and played outside while I made their lunches. Pasta with broccoli, mozzarella and cut up kiwi for them. We had a lot of leftovers, so Umberto had meatballs in sauce we made on Thursday. I had another big salad bowl- roasted pumpkin, broccoli, zucchini, chickpeas, nuts and a tiny bit of leftover pasta the kids had.

Raffi had nap time and Felicity played by herself until around 3:30 when we started making cookies. She loved it! I haven’t baked with her in a while but it’s definitely a great rainy day activity, she entertained herself for a long time with a small piece of cookie dough that was “hers”. She rolled it out, put flour on it, cut it with a plastic knife, etc. Later this week we’ll make the cake and I’d like to make a homemade pizza that she can help with. After the cookies baked, we iced them and decorated them with whopper eggs, which she also had such a great time putting the eggs on the cookies.

Later in the evening we hung out at Umberto’s parents just to get a change of scenery and headed home around 8. The kids had dinner there and we had grilled cheese when we got home.

Today is Easter, can’t wait to see the kids with their baskets and cute clothes! Happy Easter!



20 months

Age: 20 months and a half 🙂

Weight: Probably around 12.6kg

Height: 86cm?

Size:2t or even 3T, size 92 in europe

Eyes: blue

Hair: blond

Sleeping: Bed time is usually 8:30sh, last night 9 though. She usually sleeps till 8-9 am, one 1.5 hour nap from 12:30-2, unless she’s at the daycare…where she’s slept as little as 15 minutes  before :-0.

Eating: She loves to eat (when she’s not sick!). She tried turnip last night and she definitely doesn’t like it. Haha. Favorite foods of the moment: pasta, steak, deli ham, apples, cheese.

Milestones: drawing at her little table, saying more animal noises, trying to say her name

Memorable Outings: She loves to play and run around. She loves Planeta Magic, a bouncy house for kids. It’s been rainy and cold lately so we haven’t been out much. We’ve been library/toy library members and we like to go there once  a week.

Favorite activites: playing with her little animal, drawing, reading books, playing with “choo-choo” (train), watching Peppa Pig (:-O)

Words/Sounds: New words: “Fetitiy” (Felicity), “mooo”, “bow-wow” (Italian dog), “baaa”, “booo” (book), “pain” (french for bread), “die” (down).

Nicknames: Princess, Bombolina (little doll), Bimba (baby girl)

Funny moments: When we tell her it’s bedtime, she grabs a bunch of toys and her bottle of water, runs into her room and grabs her crib every night. 🙂

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving and christmas with her.

25 weeks!

How far along: 25 weeks

Total weight gain: 7lbs

Maternity clothes: all pants

Stretch marks: Nothing

Sleep: horrible the past couple of days 😦

Best moment of this week: lots of movement!

Miss anything: same as always… wine, beer, desserts with raw eggs (ex: tiramisu, chocolate mousse)

Movement: kicks all the time

Food cravings: pumpkin, but maybe that’s just the cooler temps?

Anything making you queasy or sick: grapes or sweet chewing gum

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: Nothing yet and hopefully not for awhile…

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: next ultrasound (17th of october)

Warm Fall Afternoons

Summer here hasn’t left, it’s still in the low 70’s every day with lots of sun, which is very unsual for Switzerland.

Felicity and I have been visiting parks and having play dates almost every afternoon. She loves the giant “rope” swings we’ve found at some of the parks.

She’s gotten very much into saying “no” lately, especially to me. I know she’s just testing her independence, but I miss my sweet little baby!  We’ve also been practicing eating with utensils and she’s doing great with a little spoon. Felicity has been repeating words we say, but usually only once or twice. Her constant words are “grazie”, “ball”, “momma”, “papa”, “peppa”, “baby”, “shoes”, and “juice”.



24 weeks

How far along: 24 weeks, 3 days

Total weight gain: 7lbs

Maternity clothes: still all my pants, some of my shirts.

Stretch marks: Nothing

Sleep: better this week

Best moment of this week: still lots of movement, people are beginning to ask me if it’s a girl or boy

Miss anything: Wine, beer, desserts with raw eggs (ex: tiramisu, chocolate mousse)

Movement: kicks all the time

Food cravings: this week…suprisingly nothing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no, not now.

Have you started to show yet: Yp

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: Nothing yet and hopefully not for awhile…

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: next ultrasound (17th of october)

Fête de Vendages

This weekend was the “Fête de Vendages” in Neuchatel. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Neuchatel, over 250,000 are expected to come. The entire downtown is transformed into hundreds of food stands, rides, wine and alcohol stands and toy stands. We took Felicity Saturday afternoon. She loved watching all the people and rides. She had her first bite of cotton candy, which she was very unsure about it. When we first gave it to her, I think she thought it was a ballon! She ate a few bites before saying “no”. Later, she ate some fries, some of our burgers, and a bit of cinnamon Belgian waffle. We left around 7:30, when we would have just been arriving before we had Felicity!



Sunday, we went to mass and in the afternoon Felicity and I went on a walk and to the park. Later in the afternoon, we all went to the pool, which she loves. Felicity had a “time-out” at the park for hitting me (something she’s taken to lately). She actually listened and stayed on the bench I made her sit, hopefully she understands!


19 months!

Our big girl is now 19 months old! I can’t believe how big she is!


Age: 19 months

Weight: 12.4 kg at the doctor’s a few weeks ago

Height: 84cm

Size:24 months or 2T

Eyes: blue

Hair: blond

Sleeping: bed time is 9pm since I’ve stopped working, sleeps until 8 on week days and 830-9 on weekends. She takes normally a 2 hour nap around 12:30.

Eating: She eats all the time, haha. Favorites: pasta with tomatoes, grilled chicken, green beans, bread, steak, fruit pouches, yogurts

Milestones: building Lego towers, making shapes with cookies cutters and play-doh

Memorable Outings: She loves to go to the pool, we usually go once a week. We spent a lot of time there this summer.

Favorite activites: going up and down slides, climbing, watching other kids, pushing her babies around in the stroller

Words/Sounds: “No” happens all the time. Besides that “momma”, “pappa”, “peppa”, and “shoes”

Nicknames: Princess, Bombolina (little doll), Bimba (baby girl)

Funny moments: Constant funny things, all the time!

Looking forward to: everything.


A little brother

We’re expecting a little boy in January and couldn’t be more excited! It’s going to be a challenge, but we’ll get through it.

I’m a little late to doing a week-by-week pregnancy update, but I’ll start now at 23 weeks:


How far along: 23 weeks

Total weight gain: 6 lbs

Maternity clothes: all my pants, some shirts.

Stretch marks: Nothing (yet)

Sleep: Ok until about 2/3 am then I’m awake for 3 min-1 hour

Best moment of this week: Lots of constant movement

Miss anything: Wine… 😦

Movement: little kicks all the time!

Food cravings: I’ve been craving thai curry for  a long time but I haven’t had it yet 😦

Anything making you queasy or sick: no, not now.

Have you started to show yet: Yes!

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: Nothing yet and hopefully not for awhile…

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: getting bigger


15 months

Age: 15 months

Weight: 11-11.5kg, I haven’t weighed her in a long time

Height: I imagine around 80/81cm

Size: 18 months or 24 months

Eyes: blue

Hair: blond!

Sleeping: bed time is around 8pm. Maybe 9pm if we’re doing something. Normally she sleeps until 8-8:30. She usually takes one two hour nap a day.

Eating: She’s in a weird phase of eating, but I think she has some molars coming in. Her favorites for the moment are blueberries, chicken, burgers, pasta with tomato sauce, peas, cheese, applesauce pouches and yogurt.

Milestones: walking, using her feet to dance, walking backwards

Memorable Outings: We had a lot of fun in Torino, Italy and she did very well in the long traffic jam on the way back. We’ve been outside a lot at parks with the spring weather too.

Favorite activites: walking everywhere, dancing, playing with her babies, climbing things

Words/Sounds: the same as before, “momma” is still her most used word.

Nicknames: Princess, Bombolina (little doll), Bimba (baby girl)

Funny moments: dancing on the kitchen table last night…probably something we shouldn’t let her do!

Looking forward to: spending the summer with our crazy girl