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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Tuesday, March 9

Big steps for a little guy

Yesterday the EI PT came for her every other week visit. Finn was a superstar! First, since my mom has hard wood floors, he figured out he can get down from sitting by leaning really far forward and just doing the splits until his legs are behind him. While I'm very happy he has figured out a way to get down (his problem solving skills are not delayed for sure!), this is NOT the way he is supposed to do it. So Jane worked with Finn on getting down sideways and he can do it (he did it independently a few times this weekend).

But he was a rockstar with crawling! Don't get me wrong, he is not crawling yet, but when she propped his knees beneath him, he stayed in the position and rocked back and forth! Before this, he would push his legs straight out and go down onto his tummy. He also impressed her with his ability to get to sitting from the crawling position...another thing that he hasn't shown us before. So, our munchkin is definitely progessing.

It was a good visit and it was good for mommy to see all that he is doing. I just feel like he hits plateaus some times and so when he takes off again, I get so happy. We talked about that and Jane said that where other babies just "get" these gross motor skills, we have to teach them to Finn, so of course it is going to take a little longer. On the other hand, he demonstrated a congitive skill for her today (without prompting) that is usually in the 16 to 18 month range! Not bad for a little 10 monther!! I'll take what I can get.

On a fun note, Finn's photo is currently in the running to become a weekly winner on Parents.com Photo Faves. You do not have to sign up for ads with this contest...just vote! No pressure, don't feel like you have to. The photo with the most votes will take home the honors. Click on the link to vote DAILY! Voting ends 03/14/2010.

http://photos.parents.com/category/vote/photo/159516

I know this is silly and with all the entries he probably won't win, but it is fun! Let's see how many votes he can get.

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