S: Mica John's First Year
FC: Mica's First Year | July 7, 2009 to July 7, 2010
1: 5 weeks | 10 weeks | 15 weeks | 20 weeks | 25 weeks | 30 weeks | 7 weeks | 12 weeks | 20 weeks | 28 weeks
2: Mica John | You were born July 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm. Your due date wasn't until August 26, 2009. Due to mommy's water breaking you were born almost 2 months early. | You weighed 4 lbs 2 ozs and was 16 3/4 in long. Being born so early you had to spend a little over 3 weeks in the NICU so doctors could keep a close watch on you. | 1 | st | Photo
3: Mommy/daddy and you | 1 | st | Family Photo | We didn't get to hold you right away since you were so small. Mommy finally got to hold you late that night after you were born and daddy had to wait a whole day before getting to hold you. | When we did get to hold you we had to kangaroo with you. This is when you do skin to skin contact which helps to keep your temperature right. For about the first week mommy and daddy had to take turns holding you every other visit. We would try and visit you 2-3 times a day.
4: 1 | st | Bath
5: Being in the hospital for so long mommy and daddy made sure to get lots of pictures of you. You changed every day. From the day you were born up to a few days before you got to go home you needed a feeding tube. You didn't know how to eat out of a bottle yet so you slowly learned how. While you were learning the nurses would feed you through the tube. About three days before you were able to leave you started eating from a bottle only. You were also hooked to monitors that monitored your oxygen level, heart beat, and temperature level. You had to have an Apnia monitor when you went home so mommy and daddy knew you were still breathing. You had that until about 3 months old. | 1 | st | Smile | 1 | st | Bottle
6: Being in the NICU, only mommy and daddy were able to hold you for the first week. Then after that the doctors said you were stable enough to be held by others but only by one person per visit.
7: Your Grandmas and Grandpas sure were excited when they finally got to hold you.
8: To be able to go home you had lots of things to learn. First you had to breath with no help of the CPAP (it gave you oxygen). Secondly you had to regulate your own temperature, no help from the heated incubators. Third, you had to learn how to breath, swallow, and suck all at once. This was the biggest challenge of all. You weren't able to go home until you took all your feeding from a bottle for three days in a row. Lastly you had to pass the car seat test. The doctors made you sit in your car seat for one hour and you couldn't have any alarms from your monitors go off. You were sent home with an Apnia Monitor just to make sure everything was going good.
9: That day you went boating at Candlewick Lake, | Tried out your new crib, | Played in your bouncy, | and Met Zeus and Zena. | August 1st 2009, you finally got to come home.! | It was a busy homecoming for you.
10: There were a lot of family and friends that couldn't wait to meet you. They all fell in love right away with you. Some people were scared to hold you because you were so tiny. But eventually they couldn't wait any longer to hold you.
12: At one month old you weighed 5 lb.s 11 oz.s and were 18 in. Tall. | You were a pretty fussy baby. The doctor said you were a colic baby. When you weren't crying or eating you were sleeping.But on the occasion you would share one of your gummy smiles with us. At this age Mommy and Daddy had to wake you up at night every three hours to feed you. But you always went back to sleep when done eating. | 1 M O N T H
14: From Melody | From Great Aunt Toni, Taylor & Jordan | From Sara | From Alyssa | Blue Bear From Great Aunt Tracy | From Tina | From LaRae & Julia | From Grandma Ollendieck | Great Grandma adoring you | From Aunt Jess | From Great Grandma Ollendieck | Mommy's friends had babies the same year! | On August 28, 2009 your Great Aunt Tracy, Aunt Jess and Aunt Heather hosted a special baby shower for you at Grandma Ollendieck's House in Cresco. It was exciting to introduce you to all mommy's family and friends from Cresco. You got lots of presents and lots of hugs.
15: You loved Great Grandma Ollendieck | From Steph & Jaycee | Mommy | From Cris Moellers | From Brittany & Lear | From Betty | From Tracy & Bryce | More presents | From Cris again | From Jerilyn | From Great Aunt Tracy | From Aunt Heather | Soooo Cute | All from Grandma Ollendieck | Another cute outfit
17: @2 Months old you weighed 8 lbs.! During this month you started sucking your thumb it was so cute. You also had your hernia surgery, you were born with 3. This month you also had your first Jet ski ride (on land but i say that counts) and met your great great aunts. | 2 Months
18: September 19, 2009 you were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This special day included your Aunt Heather Riha as your godmother and Casey Doepp as your godfather.
20: 1 | st | Swim
21: 9 lbs 7 ozs is what you weighed at 3 months. You got to go swimming for the first time when we went to Elgin IL to celebrate Daddy's 29th Birthday. You didn't really like the water but when we let you swim in the bathtub you loved it. This month you said your first word "Mama", mommy was so excited but daddy was sad you didn't say "Dada" first. You were also beginning to sit while being supported. | 3 Months
22: H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N | Your first Halloween was spent as a giraffe. Zeus and Zena even dressed up with you. We didn't take you out trick or treating cause it was too cold for you to be outside. Plus you couldn't eat any of the treats you would have received.
24: 12 lbs 4 ozs What a big boy you are becoming | Family Pictures are always a blast. | 4 Months
25: Wow, you are 4 months and you started to eat solid food. First we put it in your bottle to help you get used to the texture then you started eating from a spoon. At first you didn't know what to think. | 1 | st | Solids
26: You spent your first Thanksgiving at Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Jeffery's. All your cousins, Aunts, and Uncles were there from daddy's side of the family.
28: 5 Months
29: 5 months and 15 lbs. You are growing up so fast and catching up with other kids your age. This month you will get to enjoy your first Christmas.
31: Christmas was a busy time of year for you. We had our small family Christmas a week before. The week of Christmas we went to Grandma and Grandpa Ollendieck's house. Your favorite gift was your bouncer. Next we went to Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Pacovsky. You got the cutest little Rock Outfit. Then we went to Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Ollendiecks. They got you your very first John Deere Tractor toy. Lastly we headed to Des Moines to visit all of Daddy's family. Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Jeffery got you a play mat that you loved.
32: John Deere Boy | Mommy's Boy | I can sit all by myself
33: 6 Months | Waiting to get my helmet | First try of the helmet | I'd say I am one Handsome guy | At this age we found out you had a condition called Plagiocephaly, a bad deformation of the head. You had to wear a helmet for about 7 months. This helmet would reshape your head to a nice round shape that its supposed to be. You now weighed 13 lbs 12 ozs. You also rolled all the way over this month. | Go | Miami | Dolphins | Just hanging with the Pups
34: 7 Months
35: 14 lbs 5 ozs is what you weighed in at this month. Your growing fast. This month you kept mommy busy decorating your helmet all the time. The stickers would last about 2 to 3 weeks then mommy would make new ones. This month you had an animal helmet and then your St. Patties day Helmet. You were ready to celebrate in style.
36: When we first saw you we fell in Love, then you smiled because you knew.
37: Happy Valentines Day
38: Taking a bath in Grandma's sink | Visiting Great Grandpa Jeffery in the Hospital | Chow Time | I'm outta Here | Being all handsome for Aunt Wilasinee's Citizenship Program | Watch out Tom Cruise | 8 Months
39: 8 Months old and your very first tooth has decided to make its way in. This month you weighed in at a big 15lbs. For your helmet styles you had the St. Patties Day still then towards the end of the month it was switched to Happy Easter. | 1 | st | Tooth
43: 16 lbs Wow you are gaining weight now. This month we did a fun old Victorian photo shoot with Grandma. We did some playing outside also and you loved being in the fresh air. | 9 Months
44: Happy Easter
47: 16lbs 5ozs is what you weighed for this month. This was another exciting month you started to clap your hands. Your favorite toy was a helium balloon. | 1 | st | Mother's Day | 10 Months
48: Memorial Day
50: 11 months and 16lbs 10.5 ozs. Watch out world you started to crawl. Once you started you didn't stop. You also went swimming for the first time in your own swimming pool. | 11 Months
52: JellyStone National Park
54: The Forth of July was a fun holiday for us. We went boating, had friends over, swam at the beach, and did fireworks.
55: You went to the parade and got lots of candy | This was your Last holiday before you turned ONE | Mommy helped you with your sparkler | It was a great Fourth of July
57: Happy 1st Birthday Mica! We celebrated your birthday with all your family and friends. Elmo and friends was the theme of your Party. Your helmet was even decorated in Sesame Street. At a year old you weighed 17lbs 7ozs.
58: 1 Year Old
59: It was a great year, can't wait till your next year.