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, January 05, 2002

We tried to give Mia "real food" today. Chopped up bananas in the morning, chopped up watermelon at lunch, and chopped up carrots and apples at dinner. Mia went for the banana very well, but was not at all interested in the lunch or dinner change.

Touchpoints (by Dr. T. Brazelton, a noted children's doctor) says to be patient at this step. I'll say.

We tried also to get Mia to eat some curly noodle pasta from her table (Jenn cut those up into bite-sized pieces, like the others). Mia was not at all interested. It's irksome to me because Mia will put most everything else into her mouth, but this is food!
posted by Rick Umali 11:43 PM

Friday, January 04, 2002

Last night, Mia woke up around 10:20PM, crying furiously. Our second floor had no heat, and Jenn suggested tearfully that Mia was too cold. We fed her a bottle, and rocked her until she settled down. The oil emergecy technician came to our house about an hour later (close to midnight), and cleared the air from our pipes. It was a restful night after that.

As I write this, Mia is sound asleep now.
posted by Rick Umali 10:26 PM

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

Jenn and Mia visited the pediatrician today.

They had to draw blood, which Jenn said was quite the ordeal. Lots of screaming, and holding Mia down, as the doctor tried to find a vein (!) in Mia's arm. The blood was to test for lead, as in lead paint. I think Mia will be OK with this test.

Other notes: Mia is 19 pounds. Mia can probably move past "stage 3" (slightly chunkier) foods, to "little chopped-up bits of 'real food'".

The doctor also advised that Mia really can't understand "No" at this point. So all the 'disciplining' that we think we may have been doing was really not registering. The best method at this point is to distract her when she's doing something bad, or pick her up and move her out of the way.
posted by Rick Umali 10:15 PM

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Mia is getting funnier and funnier.

She makes lots of strange sounds now: A low guttural sound during dinner. A consistent "dada, mama" sound, which comes out whenever we're in front of her. A laugh. She's so very funny playing.

With the new year, it's only a mere 13 weeks before her birthday (which falls on Holy Thursday, March 28).
posted by Rick Umali 9:53 PM

Sunday, December 30, 2001

I posted up more photos (149-163) of Mia from the holidays.
posted by Rick Umali 9:56 PM

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