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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Thursday, March 28, 2002

Exactly one year ago, Jenn was thirteen hours into labor, striving to bring Mia into the world. I was there, weary, tired, anxious. Exactly one year ago.

Right now, Mia is blabbing from her crib, waiting with some impatience for one of her parents to changer her diaper, and feed her a bottle. It was hard to imagine one year ago a day like today. A baby in the other room. A one-year old baby.

Hold on, Mia. I'm coming to get you!
posted by Rick Umali 6:28 AM

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

We have one of those toys that "crawls", after you pull on its cord. My new favorite thing to do is to pull on it, and let it chase after Mia. She delights in running away from it. After the toy stops, she reaches for it, then puts it in my hand. And the game starts over.

Jenn said "Turn your hand down and watch what happens". I did (my palm on the floor). Mia had the toy in her one hand, and with her other hand, proceeded to try to turn over my hand. It was funny watching her pull my fingers, and when I did turn my hand over, she plopped the toy right onto it. I'm always amazed at new things she's able to do.
posted by Rick Umali 10:11 PM

While Mia was crawling, she tripped over Jenn's feet, and conked herself in the head. Ow! (She's OK, but she did have a few seconds of hard crying.)
posted by Rick Umali 9:55 PM

Monday, March 25, 2002

When I rock Mia before her bedtime, I'm now standing up, gently swaying from hips, as Mia's head rests on my shoulder. She'll stay like this until I gently lay her down. More often than not, however, Mia will push herself away from me, and reach for the crib. I think my days of rocking her to bed are dwindling.
posted by Rick Umali 11:08 PM

I just put together one of Mia's birth day toys. Is it me, or is there really no way to disassemble some of these toys?
posted by Rick Umali 11:05 PM

Sunday, March 24, 2002

In our bedroom, we have a ceiling fan, which Mia really likes to watch. I turn the fan, and turn the fan off. The fan's speed mesmerizes her to almost complete stillness, as if she were watching each blade rotate. I wonder if she gets dizzy?

Another thing that fascinates Mia is our toilets. We're at least a year from potty training, but Mia likes to watch the water flush away. She knows that Mom and Dad visits this "seat" and we're encouraged that she's curious.
posted by Rick Umali 9:55 PM

Mia can dance. Sort of. When she hears any of the bouncy tunes from one of her toys, she will bounce up and down, in what can only be "moving to the rhythm". Her face is bright with delight, and sometimes she'll even raise her arms. It's funny to see.
posted by Rick Umali 9:51 PM

Mia had white rice, peas, and deli ham (all bite sized pieces) for dinner tonight.
posted by Rick Umali 9:49 PM

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