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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 16

Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Finn seems to be doing better. His breathing is less labored and only sounds bad when he is breathing deeply, coughing or sneezing. He is happy and cheery, so I'll take it! Jim and I took turns getting up to check on him last night (upon the doctor's recommendation), but he was fine. He did wake up earlier than usual this morning, but nothing too bad. He is laying on the office floor right now reading "Pajama Time" by Sandra Boynton. He must be feeling somewhat okay!

I went out to dinner at Bennihana with Matt, Kelsie and John last night. So yummy, I think I'm still full, though! While I was gone, Jim said that Finn started inching forward! He said Finn went about a foot, which is HUGE! Maybe he is finally buying into the benefits of this whole crawling thing. I'll have to keep an eye on him over the next few days to see for myself.

In all the excitement yesterday, I didn't get to mention that Finn is now 11 months old adjusted! Here are the development milestones for 11 months and how Finn is doing on each point.

Most babies should be able to . . .
Say mama and dada to the right parents yes, but also says mama to other women and dada to other men
Wave goodbye yes, when he is in the mood
Clap hands yes and often claps for himself for no reason!
Understand the word no but doesn’t always obey it yes and often obeys, too (I'm sure that will change!)
Stand alone momentarily I suppose, but not well unsupported
Play ball and patty cake yes and can now even throw the ball!

Some babies will probably be able to . . .
Say one word other than mama or dada yes! Finn can say "Austin" and "up"
Drink from a cup independently yes, although we don't give him one very often
Indicate what he wants with gestures other than crying yes, he loves "directing" me by pointing his arm when I'm walking around and holding him
Imitate others yes, all the time!
Put toys or object into a container we are working on this, he likes to take them out, more than put them in

Some babies could possibly be able to . . .
Stand alone well nope
Babble that sounds like her or she is talking a foreign language yes, constantly
Say two or more words other than mama or dada Austin and up for sure, not sure about other words that it sounds like he is saying, but could just be mimicking us
Understand simple instructions yes, to some degree, but he is really stubborn
Walk well obviously, no

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