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, November 17, 2001

Mia's Saturday was spent crawling around. Her terry-cloth sleeper picked up a good amount of dust in the corners and underneath our table. She's also been eating without her bibs, which add to her messy attire. We've been using bibsters, but she's discovered how that pulling down on the bib causes it to fall off. So now, I feed her without these disposable bibs. (I may have to go back to the cloth/plastic bibs.)
posted by Rick Umali 10:11 PM

Mia's rash is largely better now. Jenn and I used Desetin liberally with every diaper change. Her crying and rash has subsided with every change. Her bowel movements are improving too.
posted by Rick Umali 9:59 PM

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Mia's diarrhea, her late reaction to the augmentin, caused rashes in her diaper area. This whole area is very sensitive now, and we've broken out the diaper rash ointments. Changing her means enduring piercing cries.

Thankfully, at lunch and at dinner today, Mia was receptive to her regular food. Her bowel movements should be turning more normal after this.
posted by Rick Umali 5:19 PM

We finished the augmentin yesterday.
posted by Rick Umali 5:15 PM

Monday, November 12, 2001

Jenn talked to the nurse at our pediatrician's today. Apparently, some babies (most babies) have a mild stomach reaction to augmentin that takes place a few days after they start taking it. Yes, vomitting is a part of this reaction. Also, diarrhea, which made its appearance this afternoon (Jenn cleaned and changed Mia's outfit five times this afternoon).

The key with diarrhea is that it can lead to dehydration. The answer: diluted formula. The formula that we serve Mia is a liquid to us, but to a baby, it's like a solid. Diluting the formula (instead of three scoops of formula with six ounces of water, use only one and a half scoops of formula) will introduce more liquid into Mia's diet. Jenn has also kept Mia's sippy cup filled and available.

Through all of this, Mia is well. She went to bed easily enough, and seems unalarmed by the tag-team diaper changes. It'll be something else when she can talk.
posted by Rick Umali 10:37 PM

Sunday evening dinner, and Mia was being particularly fussy. She kept making a disapproving, "it's icky" sort of face as I tried to give her dinner. I gave up after feeding her a little under half. Jenn said "give her Cheerios". OK. But before we did that, we gave her some of her medicine. She took it. But a few moments later, while I was cleaning her face, she threw up.

Something clearly didn't agree with her. She's sleeping soundly now, so this is (we hope) a temporary thing. Jenn will check with the doctor on Monday.
posted by Rick Umali 12:17 AM

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