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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.

Monday, March 29

Once he starts

Once Finn started talking, he just won't stop now! He pretty reliably says "hi" but it doesn't sound EXACTLY like hi (he still will only wave when he feels like it, though!). "Nigh night" is another one, which sounds pretty close to the actual words. He can say book, but it sounds like "gak." We know it is book, though because he is usually falling out of my arms trying to get to the books when he says it. Or like this morning, trying to roll off the changing table to get to the I let him read a book while I changed him. Hey, it kept him from rolling all over!

Oh, that is the other update, he all of a sudden LOVES books. I have to admit, Jim and I were not super good about reading to him on a regular basis. His books weren't positioned in places that were convenient to just grab and it is hard to read to a baby who just wants to grab the book and throw it around. Recently, Finn started sitting nice for reading time and now he asks for it! I love it. When I tell him it is "nigh night time" he reaches toward his room (where half of his books are) and says, "gak?" And I say, "yes, we can read a book before bed." So funny. Is he already learning stalling strategy? Ha, ha. His favorite bedtime book is Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton. I think I can recite almost all of it by heart already! I love that he likes books.

Friday night, the three of us went over to auntie Becca's for dinner and to play. Becky made home made garlic cheese pizza, which was awesome and she got to her use new garlic roaster. There is nothing like the smell of roasted garlic. Yumm-O. Finn had a blast, as he always does at auntie's house. Saturday we had swimming, which was fun as usual. I had mentioned Finn's swim class at ECFE last week and one of the mom's joined our class this week and another one may switch her lesson time to our time. Fun to have people you know in class with you. After swimming Becky and Austin came over for brunch. I made waffles and Jim mades eggs, bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. Again, Yumm-O. Saturday brunch has kind of become a tradition after swim class.

After the boys took naps, auntie Kristine came over and we dyed Easter eggs!

Finn didn't really like dying eggs and decided he would rather take another nap. Hey, who I am to argue. This year was a lot different from last year: Finn had been home from the hospital for 12 days, was hooked up to his monitor and just slept in the crook of my arm the whole time! What a peanut he was!

Yesterday was pretty quiet. We brought Jim to the airport around 3pm, he will be in Chicago all week. Boo. We were thinking about going with him, but this week is Katie's, Finn's physical therapist, last week and I really didn't want to miss his appointment. Kind of lame, I know, but it is important to me to say good bye. She has been there since the very beginning and I feel we owe her a lot. So, we'll just keep ourselves busy the rest of the week instead.

Finn wanted to wish Memere a belated happy birthday. He wished her an early birthday last week in person, but didn't get to talk to her on her birthday, as he was already in bed when daddy called. Oh darn! Hope you had a nice relaxing day, Memere. It is a busy birthday week for us. So we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to Eric, auntie Vicky, uncle Bob, Sarah, Riley and our nephew Jordan!

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