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 15, 2001

I fed Mia twice today.

We took her to Toys R Us to hunt for bibs. We've visited this toy store a few times now. It still strikes me as odd, visiting this store outside of the mad holiday rush, but it has a decent selection of baby clothes and supplies.
posted by Rick Umali 9:49 PM

Friday, September 14, 2001

Jenn weighed Mia today. Seventeen pounds.
posted by Rick Umali 9:36 PM

In the wake of the carnage at the World Trade Center, Mia is simply going about her business. Jenn and I have saturated ourselves with coverage of the tragedy. Mia remains unaware of the great shift her country is experiencing.

When I hold her close, I can almost put out of my mind that terrible Tuesday.
posted by Rick Umali 9:36 PM

Mia was quite loud tonight, screeching and yelling while she bounced in her bouncy seat. Whenever we'd acknowledge her, she'd zero in on our faces, and break out into a smile.
posted by Rick Umali 9:30 PM

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

The closest Mia ever got to the World Trade Center was when Jenn was pregnant with her.

On the weekend of February 17, 2001, we went to Jersey City and stayed in a hotel with a view of the Hudson River. Despite an obstructed view, the Twin Towers were visible in all its majesty.

I know back then I took it for granted that someday I'd take our little girl to the top of the Towers. The view from there is incredible. I would regale her stories of my own glory days romping through Manhattan.

For her, the building will now only be a page and a gruesome picture in some history book she'll read in some social studies class.
posted by Rick Umali 10:15 PM

Jenn has stopped breast feeding/nursing Mia a few weeks ago. I can't remember when she actually stopped. I do know that Mia has only mildly complained. Today, she drinks from the bottle without hesitation or problem.
posted by Rick Umali 9:49 PM

On a somewhat embarassing note, I was talking with one of my neighbors, and he told me he hears Mia all the time, presumably whenever she's cries (or wails). He lives behind and below me (he's at the bottom of slope that starts up at my deck). This isn't the first time we heard comments to this effect. Jenn and I are always surprised that Mia's crying carries so far, but my neighbor said she's got a good set of lungs. Even my parents say that Mia cries quite loudly.

Who knows? I do know that I when I hear her crying, I now think that I can help calm her down. I also remind myself that this is her primary form of communication right now.
posted by Rick Umali 9:47 PM

Monday, September 10, 2001

When we put Mia on her tummy, she now is very vigorous about getting her legs underneath her belly. She can 'rotate' in place, and will often latch on with her teeth to the closest toy. We think she's starting to formulate thoughts about crawling.
posted by Rick Umali 11:05 PM

Mia napped for almost an hour today, which is a rarity with her.
posted by Rick Umali 11:02 PM

Sunday, September 09, 2001

My parents left this afternoon. Mia always seems to sleep well after their visits!

I posted photos from their visit.
posted by Rick Umali 10:57 PM

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