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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Friday, November 02, 2001

One side-effect of the Cheerios: they get everywhere. I step on crunchy and soft Cheerios, and I have to pick them out of her high-chair. On the other hand, Jenn does observe Mia chewing/gumming this food, and then swallowing it, so she's on her first steps to learning how to eat with her hands.

I was just struck with a thought: when can she eat her first Happy Meal?
posted by Rick Umali 9:29 PM

I posted a picture of Mia crawling. She's getting faster and faster it seems.
posted by Rick Umali 9:26 PM

We are trying to get Mia to learn the syllable "ma". Right now, she can say "da" pretty well, which does me proud.
posted by Rick Umali 9:25 PM

Jenn has been introducing solids to Mia via Cheerios. She takes a few kernels of cereal, and places them on the small tray of Mia's high chair. When Jenn started this a week or so ago, Mia used her fingers to push the food around, as if it were some tiny toy. Now, Mia has been trying to grab each piece of cereal in her hands, and trying to 'eat' it. (She can only 'gum' the food now, and we often find pre-chewed Cheerios which Mia doesn't finish in the creases of her high chair.)

It's fun watching Mia try to control her fingers well enough to handle a single piece of Cheerios.
posted by Rick Umali 6:16 AM

Thursday, November 01, 2001

Last night was Halloween. We didn't take Mia out. She was in bed by 6:30PM, and our last trick-or-treater stopped by around 7:00PM.
posted by Rick Umali 12:15 AM

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Mia can officially crawl now. When I got home tonight, she demonstrated her new-found skill by repeatedly crawling from the play mat to the edge of the rug, where she promptly attempted to crawl on our hardwood floor. I looked at Jenn and said "Maybe we should consider wall-to-wall carpeting."
posted by Rick Umali 9:45 PM

Monday, October 29, 2001

Jenn said "check out Mia's knees" when I changed her diaper tonight. Sure enough, they were slightly red from all the crawling practice she's been doing. Jenn's father put up three new baby gates around our house (one at the top of the stairs, and two in our living room/dining room entrances). It looks like we're going to be needing them soon.
posted by Rick Umali 11:42 PM

Sunday, October 28, 2001

With Daylight Savings Time, Jenn and I intuitively realized that Mia's internal clock had to be 'reset' somehow. Instead of waking up at 6AM, she had to 'wait' for her 7AM. With my Mom visiting, Mia did wake up at 6AM DST, so we reset her with her first nap, holding her off until 8:30AM DST (which to Mia was 9:30AM). A very sleepy Mia wailed her desire to sleep, and by the evening we had her in bed by 6:30PM DST.

We joke that Mia should learn to read the time on her ceiling, but that won't be for many years. Until then, she gets her cue from us.
posted by Rick Umali 11:24 PM

My parents and my brother Ron visited Mia this weekend. I'll be posting pictures as soon as I am able.

I'm happy to report that Mia can move forward in a half-crawl. It's amazing how quickly she can go forward a few feet with this improvised motion. The world is getting a little larger for her!
posted by Rick Umali 10:53 PM

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