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Oh, the Places We’re Going!

Have you ever heard a baby giggle for the very first time? It’s truly the best sound I’ve ever heard in my entire life. I was putting her in the car seat and telling her about the great adventure she was about to go on (we were going to base—oh, so exciting!), when out of nowhere a huge smile spread across her face and she burst into the cutest little laugh!

It was a full-on laugh, followed by another one and then a third. The three giggles I heard didn’t just make me laugh right back at her, but it made me cry. Such a joyful noise! She’s chuckled a few times since then, and her daddy finally got her to laugh one night (he totally thought I was making it up). Every day with her is so much fun!

We’re about to embark on an actual adventure, because tomorrow we’re going on our first family vacation. We’re packing up the car with loads of diapers and onseies and heading out to cross some places off our bucket list. Specifically, we’re venturing into Switzerland and France! Long ago I pinned a few places on my wanderlust board that looked like they were straight out of a fairytale and crossed my fingers that we’d get to visit some day. Well, that some day is this weekend. It’s supposed to rain, but that isn’t putting a damper on our mood. These are the two stops I’m most excited for:

Colmar, France
from pinterest
from pinterest

Annecy, France
from pinterest

Besides stuffing my face with flaky, buttery croissants, we’re also hitting up Lake Como (hoping for a George Clooney and friends sighting since the Cannes Film Festival’s going on just a hop, skip, and a jump a way!), Lucerne, Switzerland, a wine road, and Dijon, France. I haven’t looked into it yet, but I really hope Dijon is the actual home of Dijon mustard. Pretty cool, right?

I really hope we can get some stamps in her passport when we cross the boarders. Two months old and she’s already a world traveler; I can’t believe it!

Follow me on Instagram (@jesstagirl) and Facebook for all the pictures I snap during the next several days, since I have no idea when I’ll actually have time to blog about these trips—we’re about to start a very busy several months over here (but that’s a different post for another day).

Ciao, ciao!


  1. I've been all over France, but you're hitting up three cities I haven't visited yet! I can't wait to hear about your adventures.

    Also, if you ever manage to get a giggle on video, please share it with us! She's so precious. 🙂

  2. First giggles are SO adorable! When my son did first laughed, I was startled and amazed at the same time! He was becoming his own little person in a more visible way! It always makes me think of a quote from Peter Pan (this is my paraphrase):

    "When the first baby laughed for the first time, that laugh broke into a million pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies."


  3. I love baby giggles!! Best sound ever!

    And Switzerland is so gorgeous. It is one of my favorite places in the world. Lucerne is stunning! Have fun!

  4. Seriously, those first giggles are beautiful. It only gets better. Hearing my toddler crack up is the best thing in the world. I do remember her first laughs brought tears to my eyes!

    Have a fun trip. Jealous!!

  5. I studied right outside of Dijon, and yes, you can find mustard on every corner! 🙂 they're quite proud of that. Enjoy the botanical gardens while you're there and check out nearby Besancon's fortress turned zoo if you get the chance!

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