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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Friday, August 10, 2001

Jenn was feeling sick today, so I had to take care of getting Mia to and from day care.

It was nice interacting with the kids, teachers, and other paresnts in the morning. When I went to day care in the afternoon (around 4PM, leaving early from work), Mia was fast asleep, while the other kids were at a table, waiting for their parents to get them.
posted by Rick Umali 9:39 PM

Relief! The heat wave in New England has broken (it's a relatively cool 74 degrees). Mia is sleeping in comfort. She endured a lot of heat the past few nights.
posted by Rick Umali 9:34 PM

Thursday, August 09, 2001

Despite the oppresive heat, Mia's been coping well. There is no air conditioner in her room, but I'm committing to getting one. For now, Mia sleeps with a big box fan blowing into her crib. Jenn removed the bunting around the crib bars, so the air can flow better.
posted by Rick Umali 9:46 PM

Last night, Mia awoke at 3:15AM, and after Jenn nursed her, I rocked her to sleep. This took until 4AM.
posted by Rick Umali 9:45 PM

Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Mia is now almost fifteen pounds.
posted by Rick Umali 10:52 PM

Jenn fed Mia cereal tonight. It went fairly well. Though Mia was confused by the Jenn feeding her with a spoon initially, she did eventually grab it and try to shove it into her mouth, along with the corresponding cereal. Mia took about a good five swallows. The rest of it came out the sides of her mouth. A new adventure has begun!
posted by Rick Umali 10:51 PM

Jenn took Mia to the doctor for Mia's vaccination and routine check up.

Mia was given the green light to start cereal.

Jenn and our pediatrician had a conversation about how to best teach Mia how to get to sleep. Our doctor doesn't advocate "letting Mia cry it out". Instead, she suggested following a very strict bed-time routine. And instead of rocking Mia to sleep at the end of the routine, we should simply put her to bed. When Mia cries, we let her cry for about a minute, then rock her to bed. This should go on for a few days, before Mia should get the idea that after this routine, it's time to sleep.

We won't be trying this until September, or even October.
posted by Rick Umali 10:45 PM

Monday, August 06, 2001

Jenn went to a play group this afternoon. She brought Mia to meet two other babies (and their moms, of course).

My mishap with Mia today was pinching her with the safety clip of her high chair. She let out a painful cry, and we saw a distinct mark on her left thigh. After a few minutes, Mia was fine, thankfully.
posted by Rick Umali 10:30 PM

Sunday, August 05, 2001

Mia seems to eating more. She finished eight ounces of formula yesterday; normally she drinks six ounces of formula per sitting. Jenn bought a package of baby cereal, and will discuss with our doctor whether Mia is ready to make the leap to 'solid food'.
posted by Rick Umali 10:46 PM

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