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 30, 2001

At the mall today, I changed Mia at the changing table in the men's room. Just as I was placing a new diaper on, Mia decided to 'diddle' (code for urinate). Thank goodness Jenn made me bring the whole diaper bag. (I could have sworn I saw a man waiting for the changing table with only one diaper in his hands.)
posted by Rick Umali 9:45 PM

Mia was a little dehydrated today. In Arlington, it was above 90 degrees, and Mia was cranky all afternoon. She never got comfortable enough to take a good nap, and the fontanels on her head were slightly depressed. (Jenn got this symptom from our 'bible', What to Expect the First Year.)

We tried to give Mia some water in a bottle, but she didn't go for it. It would have been the first time she has had a drink besides breast milk and formula.

Jenn fed her a little more frequently than usual, and she seems better now.
posted by Rick Umali 9:43 PM

We took Mia to the mall today. Jenn bought her some clothes, and a large toy: Mr. Buggity. Mr. Buggity is another one of those terrific toys from Hoopla by Andre. It's a big version of Baby Feelix. I have to take a picture!
posted by Rick Umali 9:37 PM

Friday, June 29, 2001

One of Jenn's co-workers got Mia to laugh this morning. When I got home, Jenn spent a few minutes coaxing a brief laugh from Mia. Maybe because I didn't see her face, but it didn't sound like a laugh. It sounded like the normal gurgle Mia makes when she's trying to talk. Jenn assured me that this somewhat strange sound was indeed a laugh. I guess I'm still undecided.
posted by Rick Umali 10:11 PM

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Jenn had a fun day with Mia. Jenn took Mia to daycare for a visit, then to Panera, a terrific local lunch spot. She also visited the doctor's (to fill out an form that daycare required). I think Jenn is getting more used to being with Mia all day, now that I'm at work.
posted by Rick Umali 11:17 PM

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Mia has been really talkative lately. While she's speaking in gibberish, a neighbor assures me that she's absorbing everything Jenn and I are saying, so we should keep talking to her.
posted by Rick Umali 11:23 PM

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Jenn read to Mia tonight. Mia actually looked interested in a few of the pages. The book was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and I laughed at most of the rhymes. I can't wait until Mia can understand these for herself.
posted by Rick Umali 10:22 PM

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Mia was baptized this morning at St. James Parish. Fr. Francis Daley presided. Mia had many delighted witnesses, including all of my brothers, my cousin, Jenn's cousins, and many happy Uncles and Aunts. Another baby was being baptized this morning also (Courtney was her name, I think).

After the mass, we hosted a fairly large party at our house. It rained a few times, but my Dad said having rain on the day of a baptism is good luck. Jenn's step-father said that having a baptism on the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist was terrific.

The house was fairy bulging with people, and it reminded me of my wedding day. Tito Simon, Tita Elvie, Tita Elvie's Mom and their three kids. Tito Leo, Tita Bercy, and their three kids. Rocky, Brian, their daugther Allie, Lisa, Roy. Uncle Paul, Aunt Jeanne. Plus the direct relatives!

It was a glorious day, and I was happy so many people got to share it.
posted by Rick Umali 10:47 PM

Mia had quite the sensory overload this weekend. On Saturday, Jenn and I drove to the hotel where my parents were staying. There, Tita Deling (my aunt), Tito Boy (an uncle) and Mom took turns talking and walking with Mia. My uncle on my Dad's side, Tito Esting and his wife Tita Meling was in attendance too. My brothers, and my cousin and his girlfriend were there also. My Dad kept calling Mia "hey, kid."
posted by Rick Umali 10:45 PM

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