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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.

Thursday, September 16

Almost by myself

We had a smaller group at ECFE yesterday than normal...only 4 kids. But Finn loved it. He is usually pretty independent, but he was all over the room and talking and playing with everything (and showing off his superior verbal skills!). It was really nice to see him play like that. Of course, he had to "check in" with me about every 5 minutes, but that is very normal for this age. We started making a "parenting" book at class and the first thing we had to write down in it was your dreams and goals as a parent. Man, talk about making you really think hard! It was a good exercise, though, because how often do you REALLY think about those kinds of things?

Today we had PT and went over all his short term goals...which I think he met them all! Now our short term goals (over the next 2 months or so) are for him to stand independently for 5 seconds, be able to take a step or two between objects (like from the couch to the coffee table) and be able to walk confidently in the new unsupported walker. Here is a video of him using it for the first time today:
He just looks so big in it and is really fairly steady considering there are no harnesses or straps supporting him. Kristine (his PT) had to hold it back or he would have gone flying forward as this one doesn't have resistance levers like the one they gave us to take home. I think Finn likes the independent feeling it gives him when he is walking. That is a good thing...hopefully it helps him want to walk sooner! Finn has T minus 5 months to learn :)

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