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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I also have plenty of pictures of Mia.

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Saturday, September 08, 2001

My parents are up for the weekend. Tonight, they babysat Mia, while Jenn and I went out to eat. We were surprised to see Mia still up when we got home (around 8:30PM). In the end, we got her to sleep after a small bottle of formula. My mom said she didn't seem to like going to sleep. She needed her regular routine, I suppose.
posted by Rick Umali 10:49 PM

Thursday, September 06, 2001

Mia went to day care today. She was the only baby in the infant room. (All the other kids have either moved to the next "class", or were on vacation.)
posted by Rick Umali 11:06 PM

Wednesday, September 05, 2001

Jenn cleaned out Mia's stuffy nose with an aspirator this evening.

It turns out that babies get colds, and that babies can't blow their own nose until they're around four years old. I was initially afraid of how Jenn was using the aspirator, but seeing Mia breathe more freely gave me confidence.

Such a simple thing, learning to blow your own nose, but it turns out babies can't do this. We're glad to help in this department.
posted by Rick Umali 9:21 PM

Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Mia's a little congested. She seems to have gotten some of Jenn's cold. Over the monitor, her breathing sounds stuffy. I remarked to Jenn that this is her first seasonal change, although she did go from Spring to Summer already.
posted by Rick Umali 10:50 PM

Yesterday (Labor Day), I fed Mia a whole bowl of food for the first time. I enjoyed doing this new job. Mia is a motivated eater. During the weekend, someone remarked that we didn't have to make airplane noises to get Mia to open her mouth. Maybe later in her life! For now, once she's done chewing and swallowing, she opens her mouth on her own.
posted by Rick Umali 11:14 AM

Mia has been waking up consistently at 6AM every morning.
posted by Rick Umali 11:12 AM

Sunday, September 02, 2001

I put up some more photos of Mia's visit to Jenn's grandmother (54-59). Everyone marvelled at Mia's ability to eat solid food (her cereal and baby food). Jenn's aunt Jeanne fed Mia a bottle, and I think Mia was confused when she saw both Jenn and I standing around not holding her.
posted by Rick Umali 10:14 PM

After many weeks of feeding her cereal, Jenn let me take the baby spoon. Mia had already been eating, but Jenn needed to stop, so she gave me the spoon.

I didn't notice how well Mia was eating. I was concerned with making sure the stuff got into her mouth. With all her recent practice, the food mostly stayed in there. (One time, Jenn said, "scrape it off and put it back in!")
posted by Rick Umali 9:04 AM

Last night, it took Jenn and I up to 10:30PM before Mia went to sleep. Sigh.

She had gone to be really early (around 6:15PM). We woke her up around 8:00PM so we could feed her one more time. (We knew without this last bottle, she'd be up at some point in the evening.)

Thankfully, once down, she stayed down, until around 6:30AM.
posted by Rick Umali 9:01 AM

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