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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.

Saturday, April 24

Another one? Seriously?

It's his ears! We went in for Finn's pre-op physical yesterday afternoon and guess what? He already has a double ear infection again! He was just checked and infection-free on Tuesday. So I guess it is his ears that have been bothering him and causing all the crabbiness. The doctor did not give us another antibiotic because surgery is so close, so hopefully draining the fluid helps the infection. If not, maybe the surgeon will prescribe something on Monday. Argh! Guess this just confirms that tubes NOW is the right decision. Poor guy.

Is it possible for children to develop "lab coat anxiety?" Finn is fine until the nurse or doctor come in the room. Then he starts getting fidgety and then when he has to go on the table, he freaks out and is inconsolable...even if nobody is touching him or examining him. I feel terrible. He does better if he is sitting on my lap, but most professionals prefer the table for the exams. I don't know if Finn thinks he will always get shots when he's on the table or what.

OMG! The Ark's house is amazing! We went to visit the twins (and Maia and their mom, of course!) yesterday before the doctor appt. They had a professional stager come in for a consultation to get the house ready to put on the market. Not that the house was bad before, but holy cow, looks like a different house! Heck, I'd buy it if we could get out from under our ridiculously over inflated mortgage! Ha, ha. If anybody is house hunting in the Brooklyn Center area, let me know and I'll pass along their info.

Thank God for aunties! Finn had been saying "auntie" all day yesterday, so we called Auntie Becca (although, in hind sight, I guess it could have been any one of them!) and left a message saying Finn was asking for her. She called back and offered to watch Finn so Jim and I could go to a movie! What an angel. We dropped Finn off and went to the movie "Date Night" with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. Awesome movie...super funny. The movie theater by Becky's house has a restaurant in it, so we even got to eat dinner, too (and we got there a little early, so Jim got to play pinball...he was in heaven)! Thank you, auntie Becca (and Pete)!!

Oh and Austin had his 4 year well-child check and when we got there, he had to tell Jim and I that he got a shot and didn't even cry! It was really cute. What a big boy :) And he had to remind us that he is still 4 (just in case we forgot!). Man, I love that kid.


Janelle said...

When he has the surgery, it will create a hole to allow the fluid to drain, it will look like white goop, and usually the ENT will prescribe antibiotic drops to help clear up the infection. Ask for a refill on the drops because you will know that he has an ear infection now whenever you see goop draining and this will keep you from having to revisit the dr-- but hopefully he won't have any !
If you have any questions-- just ask! Gavin is on his 3rd set!

kborn said...

Q hates doctors and nurses. don't wear white coats around her. even my doctors....hates the bp cuff. hates the scale. hates it all. started at her 4 month appointment and hasn't stopped. good luck with the tubes and hope the walk wasn't rainy!!

Nicki said...

oh no! ear infections are you think it could be from the pool water maybe? I know when i was a kid i had to stay away from pools unless i was wearing ear plugs because of getting ear infections. Hope his surgery goes well!