Mila’s First Christmas [2011]

I am so, so horrible when it comes to blogging sometimes. I’m so far behind and here I have a Christmas blog when Mila’s second Christmas is about to roll around in more than two months.* So, I guess I’ll just start here…



At some point in December, Kim and I took the girls to see Santa. They did really well laughing at their crazy mothers jumping up and down like fools. Then we walked around the mall for some exercise and that’s all I can remember.






December 24, 2011

Mila was just beginning to sit on her own and working hard to pull herself up.






Mila’s first Christmas was fairly uneventful. At 5-and-a-half-months-old, I didn’t expect too much from her anyway. She loved the gift wrap – ripping it and crunching it – so we put her in a pile of paper and let her go crazy.

December 25, 2011
5 months, 11 days

Everything went into her mouth, including toys and paper and a piggy bank.

On Christmas day we broke out my grandparent’s china and invited the family over for dinner. I cooked, probably too much, and failed at my grandmother’s cole slaw. Good thing Mila didn’t have any.



*Written October 16, 2012.

Mila’s First Word

December 18, 2011; 5 months, 4 days.

I told Dan that I had heard this from Mila before now, yet he didn’t believe me. My brother and mother also heard it at least a couple of months prior to this. Ah well, this is when he got it on video, this is when it counts.

*Update: I’ve found that this has continued for months after this video, usually when Mila is upset. Mila’s upset, she says “mama”. Mila’s happy, she says “dada”. Guess she just sees me as the consoler.

Mila’s 5 Months!

At 5 months, Mila has started grabbing everything – including noses, faces, ears, necklaces and earrings! She’s pulling hair, throwing stuff and takin’ names!

Mila has said her first word, and the first time she’s said it clearly: mama. Yay! I’m loving it.

Mila’s responding more effectively to our voices and even her name. She has figured out how to launch her binki out of her mouth (with a big ‘pffft’). It usually goes flying and there have been times where it’s gone completely missing. She throws her toys, (maybe she’ll be a softball player after all) and grabs my phone and tosses it.

She’s begun to reach out to people. During the holiday party at work, Dan brought Mila in for a visit. As we walked around the building, stopping at different offices to show-off, Mila would reach out as if to say “hi”. Mostly she would grab hands and fingers that would reach out to her open hand.

December 21, 2011
Sitting up on her own for one of the first times.

Mila has begun to shift her toys from hand to hand and holds her bottle on her own. She’s also taken up tilting her head to one side, (like I’ve seen with cats and birds), and she can sit on her own!

Statistics: coming soon.

3 and 4 Months (‘Cause I got confused)

October 16, 2011
3 months

Mila has found her feet! She bends in half, grabs them and opens her mouth. She has yet to actually get her feet in her mouth, but if she’s anything like her mother, she’ll have her foot in her mouth most of her life.

Her coordination has become steadier and everything goes into her mouth. She reaches and grabs and has figured out how the little blue bird pulls down and vibrates back up. I have one attached to a seat and one attached to her carrier. She’ll sit there and pull the bird, let it go up, pull again, and over and over.

Mila’s really taken to watching us eat and drink. It’s funny how her little head goes from the plate to our mouths as we fork in the food. Mila watches intently as daddy walks around the house. She pays attention to the TV, so I’ve started a “favorite” list for her. There isn’t a particular show she shows interest in quite yet, (I’m sure it’s the colors and sounds that attract her).

November 14, 2011
Mila and Uncle Ryan

Mila watches everything we do and sometimes gets lost in staring at whatever it is. So much so that a simple call from daddy startles her. Mila loves my phone and has learned how to push buttons and swipe the screen. I have a few baby apps downloaded just for her.

She has begun to “talk” in her sleep. No surprise there. As much as Dan thinks Mila will be a quiet child, I know who her parents are.

November 14, 2011

She eats rice cereal with little mess, and I believe not long after I started this list, Mila started on a few more solids.

Mila screams when I read to her. Hmm, sounds familiar. (My mom tells the story of when I was little and she would read to me. I would cover her mouth.)

She sits and stands (a bit wobbly) with little help. She’s always been a standing kind of girl. I remember in the hospital we were all shocked at how she stretched her legs out and stood on me.

October 31, 2011
3 and a half months.


Large crowds don’t scare her, they seem to intrigue her. She has fallen asleep at the mall and a bowling alley, where I can only guess that over stimulation caused her to close her eyes and nod off. Other than this, Mila still doesn’t like to take naps…unless they are on mommy’s chest.


Mila is still trying to figure out how to crawl. She’ll get on her belly and wiggle back and forth. She can also lift her head really high while on her belly, she just can’t lift that belly.

Mila’s also starting to hold her bottle by herself. And she drools like a faucet runs.

November 19, 2011
4 months

4 Month Check-up Stats:

Coming soon!

November 14, 2011
(She really does smile, promise!)