|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, June 16, 2001
Mia cried for almost thirty minutes this afternoon. It was a frustrated cry. I changed her, and tried to give her the bottle. She kept crying. Jenn woke from her nap, and after more crying from Mia, Jenn calmed her down by burping her. Eventually, Mia fell asleep on Jenn's shoulder. Mia took a good long nap, and Jenn fed her afterwards.
Friday, June 15, 2001
Jenn received terrific news today: We've moved to the top of the waiting list for day-care! Jenn and I looked at two day-care places in our town, and humbly put ourselves on their waiting lists. We feared that neither place would take us until at least the Fall, but now that we have day-care, Jenn can get back to working in her office as early as late July!
Today, I opened a tomorrow's scholar college savings plan. It's a Section 529 savings plan ("qualified State tuition program"). There are numerous methods for saving money for college, but the Section 529 plan seems to be the best. The details are numerous, but the main benefit: tax-free withdrawals of the money that grows in a Section 529 plan. It's very hard to beat tax-free withdrawals.
We started using a larger sized nipple on Mia's bottles. One should pay attention to the size on a bottle's nipple. When Mia started with the bottle a few days ago, it took almost thirty minutes to feed her. Jenn bought slow flow nipples, which are one step above 'newborn' nipples, and our feedings from the bottle go much faster.
Thursday, June 14, 2001
Yesterday, on Oprah, I watched a terrific show about stay-at-home dads. I must tip my hat off to these fine gentlemen.
We put Mia to bed a little before 9PM. We'll see how this goes.
I brought Mia to my old office, to say hello to some work colleagues. It was a lot of fun, showing Mia to nice people. She was 'good' (i.e. she didn't have a crying fit). A few of the women held her. I really enjoy watching other people hold Mia. Most of the men touched her feet, or hands.
Wednesday, June 13, 2001
Jenn and I were perusing BabyCenter's sleeping guides, and we may have been keeping Mia up too late. Normally, after 7PM, we keep Mia up with us, until 10PM, when we put her to bed. After reading suggestions for healthy sleeping habits, we're going to try to put Mia to bed earlier.
Tuesday, June 12, 2001
Last night, Mia woke up twice: 2AM and 5AM. Sigh.
Monday, June 11, 2001
Mia joined Mom and Dad for dinner tonight. We bought her a high chair. She doesn't eat with us, but she can at least see what we're doing. She stares at us when we're eating, and occasionally she mimics our chewing. Before, we used to sit her down in a chair below table height, and she would stare up at us. Now she can see what we're doing.
Sunday, June 10, 2001
In a recent post, I said that Mia is up to two bottles of formula per day. Of course, that's in addition to Jenn nursing her.
Mia is starting to 'play' more. We have a Tiny Love Activity Mat. Before, Mia would lie on the mat quietly. Now, she is starting to actively look at the mobiles, and flail away at the objects that dangle in front of her. We've also noticed that she's starting to 'grab' things 'involuntarily'.
Mia is up to two bottles of formula per day. Jenn said that we may need to start using larger bottles (we use four ounce bottles now).