Mia's First Year

Jenn and I have a baby girl! Her name is Mia Magdalena Umali, and she was born Wednesday, March 28, 2001. This is our first baby. And this blog will be a daily record of my thoughts during her first year growing up with us.

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Saturday, May 05, 2001

Once in a while, Jenn will put Mia next to her in our bed to nap. And when I look at them, as they're sleeping, I feel that it is one of the most beautiful sights there is. My little family.
posted by Rick Umali 11:08 PM

Thursday, May 03, 2001

In response to one of my rants on Mia's crying, Jenn said that all Mia can do right now to communicate is cry. And we're all that she has.

Separately, my next door neighbor (with a six-month baby) said that I should learn to cherish these first few months. These will be the only times that the baby will be utterly dependent on us, and this is a "sweet time".

At times, even though it shouldn't, Mia's crying still gets to me. I often leave her crying, instead of trying to rock her, or give her my finger, or her binky (she still prefers the mighty finger though). I'm getting better at calming myself down. I seriously do not know how single-parents can manage.
posted by Rick Umali 11:12 PM

Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Jenn found a baby growth chart in one of our books. According to what she read, Mia is a little heavy. On the growth chart page that I read, it had a pointer to an American Dietetic Association article stating: "During the first 2 to 3 months of life, breast-fed infants typically gain weight more rapidly than the median on standard growth charts." So there.
posted by Rick Umali 11:42 PM

The doctor's visit was straightforward. Mia was pronounced 'well'. She also received her Hepatitis B 2 shot. Ouch! Right in the thigh. The blue vaccination booklet now has two entries in it (one was from the shot she received in the hospital after she was born).

In an article against vaccinations, I read that a baby will receive 34 doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines before they reach school age. Our little blue book of vaccinations states quite clearly that this book should be saved even through college. My wife said that she still has her vaccination record. It's probably true that my parents could dig up mine as well.

The USENET group misc.kids.info has an FAQ on vaccinations that is more than I want to read right now. But it's there.
posted by Rick Umali 11:36 PM

Monday, April 30, 2001

Mia weighed in at nine and a half pounds yesterday. Hurray! We are going to see the doctor tomorrow for a well-baby visit.
posted by Rick Umali 5:37 PM

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