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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, October 14

One step closer

Today is the first of (hopefully) many reasons for celebrations. While the American Association of Pediatrics says that babies born at less than 23 weeks of gestational-age are not considered viable, the worlds youngest gestational-age baby to survive was born at 21 weeks and six days (weighing less than 10 oz!). So as of today, we are 21 weeks and six days pregnant and have a viable baby, should something happen! While it would certainly not be easy, it is a huge relief moving forward. Only time will tell, but things are looking good and we're hoping for the best.

Yesterday, Jane (Finn's EI PT) stopped by ECFE class because she couldn't make our regular Tues appointment. Finn loved the extra attention and it seemed like Jane enjoyed seeing Finn interacting with the other kids. Plus, she could work with him during song time and he didn't even know it. And he got his first big lip! Jane was working with him and he lost his balance or something and fell right on his lip. There was blood, but Finn recovered and forgave very quickly. I think it "hurt" Jane more than Finn! He's a tough guy, that's for sure. In parents' time, we talked about emotional coaching your child. Very if I could just remember how to do it when strong/high emotions present themselves (not that MY son would have strong emotions about anything!)!

Daddy's' home today! Jim's home today! Okay, late tonight, but still... And has the day off tomorrow! Yay, yay, yay!!!!!


Meytal said...

Congrats on making it this far!!! My pregnancy (knock on wood) is so much better this time. With Lyla, I was at risk in week 26 and I am week 29 today with no complications! It feels amazing, and I am sure you will do as well too :)
Can you tell me more about emotional training? Sounds so interesting.

Stacy Thomas said...

Thank you. I'm so glad your pregnancy is going better and I feel like mine will, too!

It is called "emotional coaching" and there are basically 4 ways of handling emotions: dimissing, disapproval, laissez faire and emotional coaching. I'm sure our aid will email a hand out on it and I'll forward to you. VERY intersting.