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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, September 18

Where dada?

Finn was described to me at different points this week as being laid back and easy going. Really? I never in a million years thought that a bi-product of Jim and me would produce something that was either of those adjectives. Maybe Finn has a chance of overcoming his parents' shortcomings after all. Ha, ha!

Finn and I were in the car yesterday morning:

Finn: Dada, dada.
Me: Finn, Finn. (a game he and Jim play often)
Finn: Where dada? (with his hands in the air)
Finn's response to his own question: I don't know.

So cute. He is getting so big!!! Jim surprised us by getting in about two hours early yesterday. Finn was very excited and had to show him all his new tricks (kicking the football back and forth and screaming "touchdown" with his hands over his head!). I can tell that Finn is now old enough to know and seems to understand that daddy is gone and truly misses him (as everybody knows that moms are not nearly as much fun as dads are!). It was a tough week for Finn. Hopefully Jim's travel schedule slows down a bit or at least no more full weeks at a time. Five days and four nights is a long time for a little kid (and probably for a daddy, too!).

After Finn's (and daddy's) nap, we headed out on what we thought would be a quick and painless trip to find Finn some Gopher attire for the game today. Not so much. We went to at least 7 or 8 places with NO LUCK! The closest we got was Walmart, but they only had it in size 3/6 month (thankfully, Finn does NOT fit in that size any more). At Dick's, the lady suggested Marshall's or TJMaxx...both of which I would not have thought of. We found THREE Gopher things at Marshall's, one of which was the right size and was a running jacket with pants. So we got it. Man, what a fiasco. We ended up not getting home until after 7 and Finn still needed dinner. He was a good sport, though (honestly, I think he was just happy to have daddy along!).

The game is at 2:30 this afternoon and I think we are heading out around 1pm. They are playing USC and I'm sure will get murdered, but it will be a fun family experience nonetheless...provided Jim can keep his temper in check! Go Gophers!

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