S: Mikaela Samone, Age Birth to 6 Months, December 2008 through June 2009
FC: Our Baby Girl | Age Birth to 6 Months | Mikaela Samone
1: Made for Mikaela with Love. -Mom- | Published in 2011
2: Mikaela's First Photos | Our first look at our baby girl was on June 16, 2008. | We found out Addyson was having a sister on July 31, 2008. | Mikaela was looking right at us. | Due Date: December 27, 2008
3: Mom and Dad were SO excited when we found out we were pregnant. We found out on April 23, 2008 and told all of the family by having Addyson wear a big sister t-shirt. | Cute as a button | We got to have a 3D ultrasound on October 3, 2008. Mikaela didn't quite cooperate for a face picture, but we got a great picture of her foot.
4: Mikaela's Birth Day | Mom had a c-section when Addyson was born, so Mom's doctor, Dr. Warren James at the Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado, wanted to perform another c-section. | Date: December 16, 2008 Time of Birth: 1:19 PM Weight: 7 lbs, 10 oz. Length: 20 inches Hospital: Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO Room: 5104
5: Mikaela's pediatrician, Dr. Guenther of the Fort Collins Youth Clinic, gave her a clean bill of health. | We chose the name Mikaela because we liked it. We chose her middle name, Samone, because Dad's middle name was Samuel. | December 16, 2008 | We were so excited to meet Mikaela and hold our baby girl.
6: Meeting Her Sister December 16, 2008 | Addyson gave Mikaela a brown puppy when she was born. Who knew this would become her lovey named Cocoa.
7: Meeting Her Family December 16, 2008 | Our Family was SO excited to finally meet Mikaela. Grandma and Grandpa Mayhew were there, Nana and Papa Kuzmich were there, Great-Grandma Mayhew came, and Bob and Carm Sedlacek also came to cuddle with her.
8: Coming Home December 19, 2008 Bringing Mikaela home happy and healthy was the best gift Mom and Dad got that year. | It was Mikaela's first time in a car seat. Needless to say, she wasn't very happy.
9: My First Room | Mikaela's room had green walls and was decorated with zoo animals. Pat the gorilla hung on a swing in the corner and watched over her while she slept. | Grandma made the diaper cake for Mom's baby shower.
10: Our Little Family of Five December 20, 2008
11: My Family | Addyson Kuzmich Sister Born in Fort Collins, Colorado November 30, 2006 | Mia Kuzmich Dog, Lhasa Apso October 26, 2004 | Jennifer Lynne Kuzmich Mom Maiden Name: Mayhew Born in Columbus, Nebraska September 19, 1982 Stay-at-home Mom | Steven Samuel Kuzmich Dad Born in Loveland, Colorado August 27, 1982 Computer Programmer for the government | Mom and Dad got married July 3, 2004 at the Crags Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
12: My Hometown 195 Cherry Orchard Ave Loveland, Colorado 80537 46 Miles north of Denver Population: 59,563 Larimer County Mom and Dad both grew up here and both sets of grandparents still live in town.
13: Dance little baby Dance up high. Never mind baby Mother is by. Crow and caper Caper and crow, There little baby, There you go. Up to the ceiling, Down to the ground. Backwards and forwards, 'Round and 'round. Dance little baby And Mother will sing, With a merry coral Ding, ding, ding. | Mom used to sing this to Mikaela to get her to sleep. | Sweet Lullabies
14: Mikaela had her first newborn office visit at the Fort Collins Youth Clinic on December 23, 2008. She weighed 7 lbs, 10.5 oz. and was 20.75 inches long. | December 2008 Addyson LOVED holding her new baby sister.
15: December 2008 Mikaela was only 9 days old for her first Christmas. She slept right through most of it. And boy, did she love sleeping...
16: First Real Bath January 10, 2009 | Mikaela did NOT like the bath. But Addyson really enjoyed helping out.
17: Sisterly Love January 2009 There's nothing Addyson loved more than loving her sister. She was so helpful, too. She brought Mom and Dad Mikaela's diapers and wipes, she would rock her sister in her swing, and she would hold her sister if Mom and Dad needed an extra set of hands. Best friends in the making.
18: January 2009
19: Mikaela's First Photo Shoot JCPenney's January 16, 2009 | We took Mikaela's picture with this brown bear every month the first year to watch her grow. | A princess in the making
20: January 2009
21: First | Smile | January 26, 2009
22: Uncle Brad January 31, 2009 Uncle Brad held Mikaela for the very first time. Mom and Dad wanted to get a picture of Brad with both of his nieces, but Addyson did NOT want to have her picture taken.
23: Valentine's Day Photo Shoot January 31, 2009 | Every year, Mom has set up Addyson to take some fun photos for Valentine's Day. This year it was fun to include Mikaela. We ended up picking the picture to the far right and having puzzles made. We then crumbled the puzzles and sent them to the grandparents in the mail.
24: January 2009 | As the month wore on, her smiles came more and more | Mikaela could literally sleep anywhere
25: We called her little Elton John with those sunglasses | February 2009 | Ka-Pow | Sleepin' in her swing | Chillin' with Sister
26: At Mikaela's two month check-up with the pediatrician on February 24, 2009, she weighed 11 lbs, 11.5 oz. and was 23 inches long. | Two Month's Old February 16, 2009 JCPenney's
27: Acid Reflux February 2009 Just after her two month check-up Mikaela developed a case of acid reflux. She threw up A LOT, and you rarely saw her without a bib and a towel in tow. We bought a scale to make sure she was keeping enough down. The reflux didn't disappear until August, so until then, we rarely went anywhere as a family so we weren't caught off guard.
28: February 2009 Mikaela really started to smile more, especially when Addyson was around. She rarely tolerated tummy time because of her acid reflux.
29: March 2009 Addyson began climbing into the crib when Mikaela would wake up in the morning, so they had crib parties every morning. Mikaela loved books, could sleep anywhere, and mastered the art of the pouty lip.
30: March 2009 Mikaela was really gaining her neck strength and could nearly hold her head up when on her tummy (if you could keep her happy on her tummy long enough to try). Her acid reflux was at it's peak this month.
31: Three Month Photo Shoot March 19, 2009 Portrait Innovations | Mikaela would NOT smile. The center smile above was as good as we could get.
32: What a Ham March 27, 2009 Mikaela LOVED having her pictures taken...at home. We always wondered what she was thinking...
33: March 2009 Mikaela's on the move. We started finding her moving around in her crib this month.
34: April 2009 Bath times were getting easier and easier, as Mikaela took lots of baths due to her acid reflux. She really started to take to toys but hadn't latched on to a lovey just yet. She especially favored hard toys that she could put in her mouth, which proved to be a real problem when her acid reflux would act up.
35: Hoppy Easter April 11 and April 12, 2009 Uncle Brad came over to help us decorate eggs on April 11. Then we all went over to Home State Bank for an Easter egg hunt. April 12 we woke up and found the Easter Bunny had found his way to our house.
36: Four Month Photo Shoot | JCPenney's April 20, 2009 | At Mikaela's four month check-up with the pediatrician on April 9, 2009, she weighed 12 lbs, 7 oz. and was 24.5 inches long.
37: Photo Shoot With a Friend April 13, 2009 | Photos taken by Suzy Horn, a friend of Mom and Dad's
38: Rice Cereal for the First Time | At the suggestion of her pediatrician to control her reflux, we started giving her rice cereal. She LOVED it. | April 17, 2009
39: April 2009 Mikaela really started developing her personality this month. She could sleep hard but also knew how to play hard. She had gained control of her neck and was starting to love tummy time. Her favorite toy was her Tea-for-Two Exersaucer. We put her in the highchair for the first time this month as well.
40: Baby Girl | They LOVE the Piano May 13, 2009
41: May 2009
42: Five Month Photo Shoot | JCPenney's May 16, 2009
43: May 23, 2009 We went to the zoo with Kristen and Mike White and Uncle Brad. Mikaela didn't know what to think. She also rode the carousel for the first time and hated it. | Going to the Zoo
44: Yummy Carrots May 26, 2009 | Mikaela seemed to like rice cereal for a short while, and then she wouldn't take it anymore. The pediatrician recommended we start solid foods. Her first taste was pureed carrots. She LOVED them.
45: A Happy Spitter May 30, 2009 | Because the doctors could never find anything medically wrong with Mikaela, they called her a happy spitter. In short, that's a baby that could be as happy as can be and still throw up her entire meal. By this point in time, it felt there would never be an end to the acid reflux troubles.
46: First Time on a Swing June 1, 2009 Namaqua Park Mikaela had such a great time and was so relaxed that she feel asleep swinging.
47: June 2009
48: Six Month Photo Shoot | JCPenney's June 14, 2009 | At her 6 month check-up on June 23,
49: 2009, Mikaela weighed 16 lbs, 8 oz. and was 26.5 inches long. | Such a smiley photo shoot.