Isn't this sweater absolutely gorgeous? Anne knit it for Mia and everytime I look at it, I'm so amazed that she can make something so beautiful. And the color looks great on Mia, it really brings out the blue of her eyes.
Mia has had a couple of rough weeks, she had a cold which turned into a fever which then turned into a rash (I think it was Roseola) and then after she was finally starting to feel better, she now has another cold. Even with all of this though, she's been sleeping better the last couple of weeks, there have even been a few nights when she only wakes up once in an eleven hour stretch and the rest of the nights, she's only waking up twice which isn't so horrible. And she's napping better most days too, sometimes taking a 2 hour nap, although usually a couple of 1 hour or 1 and 1/2 hour naps. Knock on wood. In the middle of her illnesses, we did get to take our trip to Boston to see the Norem-Cheeks. We had a really great trip. Mia was a super traveler, she did great on the plane and adapted really well to being in a new place. She thought Haley and Nate were lots of fun and was especially happy to have Haley around to pick up all of the toys she now loves to throw on the floor. We also got to see Laura and Shawn and Laura's mom Carol which was very nice.
Mia loves her nightly baths and she loves looking at her naked self in the mirror before she gets in the bath.
Here's Mia's new party trick - she can fly!
Mia is developing so quickly, it's amazing. Last week she rolled over from her back to her tummy for the first time and as you can see in these pictures, she is getting very sturdy sitting and can reach pretty far around her to get her toys.
Here's a movie of MIa making her favorite noise:
Mia was routing on her Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl last week, although sadly it didn't seem to help. She did watch a fair amount of football, or at least we did. She really prefered playing with us or with her toys. That's the big change in Mia of late: she really is enjoying playing with toys. She will sit for a good amount of time and just play with toys either alone or with Aaron or me and she thinks this is great fun. It's making her seem like such a big girl already.
Here's the adorable hat her cousin Erin made for her for Christmas. It's so cute. We were on our way out to lunch in this picture. Mia is loving sitting in the big girl highchairs at restaurants now. She can see all around and watch everything just the way she likes.
Mia is a real fan of solid foods and therefore her highchair which she got for Christmas from her great-grandparents. So far she has tried cereal, applesauce, pears, peas, squash and avocado. She absolutely loves squash and pears and hates avocado. Although Aaron and I will definitely be trying that food again sometime soon because we are such fans, we can't accept having a child who doesn't like avocados. Anyhow, when we gave her the first bite, she gagged on it like it was the most horrible thing she had ever had in her mouth.
Mia had a wonderful first Christmas surrounded by lots of people who love her. We went to Cedar Rapids first and spent Christmas Eve with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Ben and Aunt Melissa (and all the extended family too). Mia had great fun opening presents and loved the wrapping and ribbons. It was even more fun since she had her cousin Gabe to watch too. Next it was off to Clinton to see Grammy, Uncle Justin and the rest of my family on Christmas Day. We had a very nice time there too and Mia again loved having a her cousin Joseph around to watch. Funny how she knows that children are way more fun than adults already.