In 2006 I packed up my bags, said goodbye to my loved ones and to my beloved East Coast, and boarded a red eye flight to Rome to pursue my Master’s degree in International Relations. Like many other foreign women in Rome, I quickly fell in love with my southern Italian husband. Soon after our wedding, we got pregnant and I found myself having to deal with not only the newness of pregnancy, but having to do it in a foreign country. I felt extremely overwhelmed as I desperately sifted through the over-abundance of information on the web about strollers, car seats, diaper rash cream, and, even worse, I felt utterly uninformed and lost with the lack of information in Italy on hospitals, doctors, and birthing choices.
I got through it, and learned a lot along the way. I am now happily a stay-at-home Mompreneur (except for when I am helping you!) with a wonderfully supportive husband, Gianfrancesco, a beautiful baby boy, Gabriel, and an excessively hyper dog, Romolo.