12 countries in 12 months!

Note: Sorry some of these pictures are all fuzzy, folks!  Elliott noticed the resolution is fine when you click on the photos and go through them as a slideshow.

Our little Lena turns ONE tomorrow!  Our little baby isn’t quite such a baby anymore.  I could hardly have imagined — no, I didn’t imagine, not in my wildest dreams — how much joy this little one could bring into our lives.  I remember my fears and eagerness at this time a year ago as labor began, wondering what was ahead of me both in the immediate hours as well as the days and weeks and months of mothering the child inside me.  Well, now I know, and I am only grateful.  Little Lena, how we love you!

Lena gets a special gift for her birthday: visits from her aunt Eden and two of her grandparents.  Eden arrived last week and Elliott’s parents arrive tonight.  Taking advantage of the hint of summer in the air and a really good deal on plane flights, we took a short trip to Malta this weekend.  As we walked through the airport on Friday night, I commented, “I think this is Lena’s twelfth country in twelve months!”

Elliott wasn’t so sure.  Together we counted off on our fingers: “Born in the States; took a trip to Israel; moved to Italy; visited Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania over Christmas; went to France and Switzerland this spring; and now Malta.  Twelve countries!  Wow, Lena!”

In honor of this tremendous feat, I culled pictures from my photo albums of Lena in each of these countries.  Some of them are better than others, but it is fun to watch her grow and develop in each of them.  Enjoy!

United States

Photos from when Lena was first born in Virginia and also from her visit back to the States last fall.



Elliott was stationed in the Sinai Desert from July 2010-July 2011, although he was able to come home for Lena’s birth.  After Lena was about two months old, we visited Elliott in Israel, where we CouchSurfed with Dina and her husband and their 9-month-old baby, hung out on the beach in Tel Aviv, and visited the Dead Sea.  From the photo below, it’s amazing to see how Lena’s hair has lightened this year!


Lena moved to Italy when she was four months old.  She had fun on a trip to Venice when she was about five months!

In December we started an epic journey through the Balkans with my parents and siblings.  Lena racked up quite a few countries that way!  She was a great sport through all the traveling, including many many hours in the car seat and in her Ergo carrier.


Such a good eater!




And now… here’s a teaser!  More photos to follow later this week!  

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5 Responses to 12 countries in 12 months!

  1. Di April 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    That’s a pretty amazing tally! If you keep it up she could have visited every (currently recognised) country in the world by the time she’s 17!

  2. Becca April 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Haha, this is true! This was never our goal, to be honest, but it might be fun to see how many she’s visited at age 17… we certainly hope to add to the tally!

  3. David Garber April 3, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    growing upp toooo fassttttt !!

  4. lucyanngreen6 April 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Happy birthday to our dear little Lena, such a traveler even though she’s just happy being with her mom and dad, wherever they are!

  5. mina April 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    12 countries in 12 months – and with a baby! That’s impressive.

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