Saturday, October 31, 2009

William loves playing! - William ama giocare!

William loves playing, especially when he is outside the house. He loves meeting other babies and to charm everyone up with his big smiles. Despite his recent acid attacks problems, each time I took him out of the house he has had a great time!...
Last Sunday we have had a lot of fun with William and daddy at a babies brunch. When we returned home, we initially wanted to go for a nice walk by the Charles River. Then, as soon after we had lunch, all of us three collapsed in bed and slept for more than two hours! We all felt so much better afterwards!! What will I do with him this coming winter when the snow storms will arrive?

William adora giocare, specialmente quando e' fuori di casa. Ama incontrare altri bebe' e sedurre tutti quelli che incontra con i suoi sorrisoni. Nonostante i suoi recenti attacchi di acido, ogni volta che l'ho portato fuori casa si e' divertito molto!... L'altra domenica ci siamo divertiti molto con William e con papa' ad una colazione con bebe'. Quando siamo ritornati a casa, inizialmente volevamo andare a fare una passeggiata accanto al fiume Charles. Poi subito dopo pranzo siamo tutti e tre collassati a letto ed abbiamo dormito per piu' di 2 ore! Ci siamo tutti sentiti meglio dopo! Cosa faro' quest'inverno quando arriveranno le tempeste di neve?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Difficult days over? - Quando finiranno i giorni difficili?

Will, mom and dad had a difficult week when nursing... A lot of painful crying. On some days nothing was soothing Will. We thought the acid attacks were back. He was crying a lot. Last thursday we went for dinner to sooth ourselves at our favourite Italian restaurant (and I had a glass of wine!). Daddy helped a lot get William to sleep. Still a big challenge, especially when not swaddling... We took him to the pediatrician again to see if more Zantac was needed. He wasn't so sure and told us to wait and see. Then William stopped nursing and we had to feed him with the bottle for a couple of days.

Will, la mamma e il papa' hanno avuto una settimana difficile durante l'allattamento... Tanto pianto. In alcuni giorni nulla aiutava Will a sentirsi meglio. Pensavamo che gli attacchi di acido fossero ritornati. Piangeva molto. L'altro giovedi' siamo andati a cena al nostro ristorante italiano preferito (ed io ho preso un bicchiere di vino!). Papa' ha aiutato molto William addormentarsi. Ancora molto difficle, specialmente quando cerchiamo di non bendarlo... Lo abbiamo portato dal pediatra per vedere se dovevamo aumentare la dose di Zantac. Non sapeva nemmeno lui. Ci ha detto di aspettare e di vedere. Poi William ha smesso di allattare ed abbiamo dovuto nutrirlo con la bottiglia per due giorni.

William chats and laughs now! William chiacchera e ride adesso!

William chats and laughs now! I think it's the sweetest sound I've ever heard and it's so funny. When he chats, he makes loud consonant sounds like Ps and Bs and Ms and Ls so his Laas have become Was, Baas, Paas, Gr... Grraas. So cool! Who knows when he will say mom and dad. And when he laughs, I do, too, and we just sit there and laugh our pants together! And when he cries because his tommy bugs him, we cry together too! We have managed to get Will out of the swaddle drug! Urra'!

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William chiacchera e ride adesso! E' la cosa piu' dolce che abbia mai sentito ed e' cosi' divertente. Quando chiacchera, produce suoni forti di consonanti come Pi, Bi, Emme ed L cosi' i suoi Laa sono diventati Wa, Baa, Paa, Gr... Grraa. Uno spasso! Chissa' quando dira' mamma e papa'. E quando ride, lo faccio anch'io, e rimaniamo accanto l'uno all'altro a ridere insieme!! E quando piange perche' il pancino gli fa mele, piangiamo insieme! Siamo riusciti a togliere a Will l'abitudine di dormire con la camicia di forza (la coperta bendante)! Urra'!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

William cooing, similing and giggling - William fa suoni, sorride e se la ride

William changes a lot from one day to another. Yesterday he rolled from his stomach to his back! John and I were so impressed. We also managed to put him on a chair in a big store and he was able to sit there like a man with admirers going to say hello to him. So cool!

It was very hard at first to look after him but like you said, so rewarding at the same time! Often I was not having time to get something to eat or to drink and to have a shower. I decided to cut my hair short - that was a very hard decision and I am still not sure it was a good one. But when Will's first smile came, John and I melted. He is now cooing, similing, giggling at us and John has also caught him laughing!! I can't wait to see that. Funny, few days ago I was at the bakery shop and nobody was being served because William was smiling at everyone. I try to speak to him in Italian (when I remember) and to play Italian songs to him. He has two favourite songs, he loves bouncing of all sort and being taken out of the house when his belly is full. His two favourite toys are his playmat with the stuffed toys he likes kicking and a mobile that seems to mesmerize him. Aha, and he loves starring at the babies' faces printed on the giant Costco diaper boxes! I have only now started to overcome my breastfeeding problems. In 3 months William has become a big boy - he no longer fits in his 0-3 months clothes! Aha, he must be at least 13 pounds and a half now. :) They say that he will lose weight when he will be around 12 months old.

We find it hard to have time for ourselves. There has been a major shift from caring for the spouse to caring for our little one. John is completely in love with him. I think I have made a good friend here, although we have only met a couple of times - the other people I have met are mostly acquaintances because I have only met them in group. I have managed to get together with two moms from a moms group for lunch but that is about it. MOst people live far from me and drive the car so they mostly meet at parks or at lakes they can drive to. I was learning to drive when I was pregnant but then I had to stop when I was too big. I am now terrified of going back to learning with William crying in the car at the back. I just cannot find the courage to do that. Also, the fall is going so fast here and, in just a month, the snow season will start. That will not help me get the license soon. I want to keep this on hold until the spring. Hopefully, William will be patient with me.

I challenged myself to teach Italian to Americans in the evening once a week. I do it to keep my brain working. I was doing that in the evening when I was pregnant to pay John's Italian lessons.