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, March 23, 2002

We took Mia to The Picture People, a portrait studio in our mall that can produce prints within two hours. Mia was wonderfully cooperative during her photo session. She laughed. She smiled. She cried furiously with the introduction of a heavy prop (a flower), but she was game when we brought out a stool for her to stand next to.

She spit up just after the last shot was taken.

These pictures are our first "professional" photos of Mia. We had such a good experience, I think we'll do this every year.
posted by Rick Umali 10:30 PM

Thursday, March 21, 2002

In one week, Mia will be a one year old.
posted by Rick Umali 11:19 PM

One thing I've noticed recently: she doesn't practice standing as much. Jenn glibly replied "she doesn't feel like it now."

Mia will stand holding on to something, but I haven't seen her do free-form standing recently.
posted by Rick Umali 11:18 PM

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

When we put Mia in her crib, we usually place her on her back. In the past, Mia would lie in that position, while we shut off the light, and then leave her room. Now, however, after we put her in the crib, she quickly scampers to her sitting up position, and then watches me turn out the light. Of course, as soon as I leave the room, she cries.

Eventually, the crying stops and she gets to sleep (usually after a few minutes). I'm always amazed at how much crying we can tolerate now.
posted by Rick Umali 11:27 PM

Another full day with Mia. Jenn is feeling much better.

During Mia's bath, Jenn tried to cut some of Mia's hair (in the back). I think Jenn did a nice job.
posted by Rick Umali 11:22 PM

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Mia woke up at 6:45AM. Unfortunately, Jenn woke up earlier than that to tell me she wasn't feeling good. I stayed home today, and baby-sat Mia. I'll be doing the same tomorrow.

I described to Jenn that Mia goes about her day in a quite determined manner: Play at the table here. Stack stars here. Visit the cabinet door that opens in the kitchen. She seems to have a schedule. I'm sure Jenn must see patterns in her behavior as she explores the house.

Mia napped quite well today, so it wasn't as bad as it has been in the past. I'm tired now, full of appreciation for Jenn's work again.
posted by Rick Umali 11:03 PM

Monday, March 18, 2002

Mia went to bed tonight at 7:05PM.
posted by Rick Umali 11:17 PM

Over the weekend, our baby-sitter suggested that if we wanted Mia to get up a little later, we should put her to sleep a little later. This advice is echoed in other books that we've read. Last night, we put Mia down at a little after 7PM, a full one hour after her normal time. We were lucky in that Mia wasn't crying for sleep. We put her on the sofa, and she gleefully crawled from one end to the other.

She woke up this morning at a little before 7AM. Success! Of course, Daylight Saving Time starts soon, so this is an exercise we'll be doing again soon.
posted by Rick Umali 1:48 PM

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