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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.

Friday, December 23

Ready, Setty, Go!

I love when kids mispronounce things or hear them incorrectly and say them wrong. Is that bad? Anyway, Finn's latest: "Ready, Setty, Go!" It is so cute. He also has taken to answering "not quite yet" when we ask him if he wants to do something! I mean, where do they come up with these things? There are a ton more, but if I don't write them down when I hear them, I forget. I just love hearing them and know that a day in the not-to-distant future, it will disappear. Boo!

We are FINALLY starting to feel better at our house. Korri is 95% better. I still have sinus pressure, but it seems to be going away. Jim has been traveling, but I think he just has a cough left. And Finn seems a lot better, but those darn hives keep coming back, although much lighter. I noticed several on his head yesterday. Argh!! On the bright side, we finished his antibiotic last night. That means, no more fighting him to take it AND no more yucky poopy diapers!!!

Little Ms. Attitude? As I'm writing this, Korri is laying on the floor, looking at me and screeching at me! This is new. I'm trying to explain that isn't an indoor voice, but she either doesn't understand or chooses to ignore me.

Santa is coming to our house tonight! We leave early Christmas morning for the airport (going to Washington state to see Jim's family) so we won't have time then. The kiddos won't know the difference. Can't wait. I need to make some cookies for Santa! Oops! I don't know if I'll have time to write over the next couple of days, so we would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas! Be safe if you are traveling, enjoy those you are with and remember those you aren't.

Monday, December 19

Hives, hives, go away

We now have our doubts that it was the medicine that Finn was allergic to. He STILL has hives (not as severe, though) after being off the med and taking a new "class" of drug for five days. My nephew Austin had a rash/hives last week (no, we weren't exposed to him, though) and since he wasn't on any meds, his doctor said it was probably a side effect from a virus. And since Finn had/has a pretty bad cold, we are wondering if that is the culprit rather than the meds he was on. We'll be sure not to give him that medication in the meantime, but plan on discussing with his regular ped at his next well-child appt.

We had a really big and busy weekend. Saturday, we went out to Benson for Christmas with my dad's family. We all had a blast and my genius aunt Lisa brought out their matchbox cars for Finn, who then proceeded to play with them until we opened presents HOURS later! It was so good to see everybody and it is fun that the grand kids are having kids, so there are lots of little ones around, which always makes Christmas more special (wow, major run-on sentence there...sorry!). It gets less and less frequent that we get to see my extended family and when we do see them, it makes me sad that we don't see them more often. What makes me even sadder is that we didn't see my mom's family for Thanksgiving AND we will be on an airplane when they are celebrating Christmas. Boo :( We'll have to make the next Smith Easter a priority for sure!

Then on Sunday late afternoon/early evening, we went over to NeNe and Uncle Les' for a little mini Christmas, since we won't see them over Christmas this year :( The kids again had a blast, even though Korri was a little crabby...probably due to the late night car ride the night before and her screaming from Grove City to Delano (which for those of you not familiar with that drive...is an HOUR)! Have any of you read the book "Go the F**k to Sleep?" Let's just say, we completely understand the feelings behind the people who wrote it! ANYWAY, the food was wonderful, as always, and we all got wonderful things.

The best part of the evening for me?!?! Jim and the kids gave me an early Christmas present...a brand new Canon Rebel digital camera! You have to understand...I have been wanting, researching, whining, complaining, begging, hinting, and earning for one for years. However, sadly, two years ago, I came to terms with the fact that it wasn't meant to be and I bought a point-and-shoot camera, albeit a nice one, instead. While this other camera has treated me well for the last two years, it has been dropped, drooled on and banged up a couple times too many. I have a LOT to learn about my new camera, but luckily, Jim's cousin, Jean, was there and since she has a similar one, she gave me a quick tutorial. I could just sit and take pictures all day...oh, I kind of did today! Oops.

The kids and I surprised my friend, Susan, tonight after work (for her). I haven't seen her since my wedding FOUR years ago and miss her terribly. Then several of us went to Biff's, a local bar/restaurant, to catch up. It was wonderful and Finn kept everybody laughing (except for the two fits of tears, but he is still under the weather and a little fragile!). I hope it isn't another four years before we see her again.

Wednesday, December 14

That didn't work!

Well, the omnicef didn't work either! Finn woke up this morning covered in hives. I'd never really seen hives before so I called the nurse and she said he had to be seen. We went in this afternoon and sure enough, he is allergic to omnicef. SO, now we are trying augmentin. The poor boy is miserable. I just gave him Benadryl and he conked right out. Hopefully it helps with his skin, too. He is coughing nonstop and his nose is like a snot-fall (like a water fall but with snot!). While we were there, I had him look in Korri's ears and they were clear. So far, so good. Now both Jim and I are coming down with the virus they both had, so should be fun over the next few days.

Oh yeah, and the doctor said that anybody who gets hives is likely to be "an allergic" person! NOOOOOO! I was so hoping that our kids would not get Jim's allergies, but it looks like that isn't the case, at least with poor Finnegan. And an indicator to future allergies is eczema, so Korri probably won't be lucky in that area either. Anybody know the number to a good allergist?!?! LOL...kind of...
Here we are snuggling on the couch this morning before the doctor appointment. Clue #1 that Finn isn't feeling well...he wants to snuggle. I hate that he is sick, but if I'm making lemonade out of lemons...I love that I get to snuggle with him :)


Monday, December 12

Nope, it didn't work

I'm so frustrated and time after time, I say that I should trust my instincts...then I don't and regret it! Argh. Anyway, like I mentioned yesterday, Finn wasn't feeling well this weekend, was running a fever and developed a pretty "good" cold. When he woke up this morning, he was crying like he was in pain, his nose was completely crusted over (gross, I know!), he said his ear and throat hurt and his temp was still elevated (100.7). So I called and they got us in to the doctor this afternoon.

Low and behold the stupid medicine they prescribed two weeks ago for his ear infection (the same stuff that I SAID wouldn't work and they told me it would), didn't clear up the infection and now it is even worse than it was! This is why I need to trust myself more...but when the nurse says to you, "no, he's never had amoxicillin, so you can't know it doesn't work" you tend to listen to them. Even when you find out later (today!) that he HAS had amoxicillin and it didn't work. Argh!!! Well, now I know. Lesson learned, I guess (yet again!). A huge thank you to NeNe for meeting us there and helping with the kiddos!

Sunday, December 11

We have a climber

I often leave Korri downstairs when I run upstairs for something or to get Finn up from a nap or something. She  usually keeps playing or waits for me at the bottom of the stairs...never thought any more of it. Well, last week, I went to get Finn and he wasn't ready to get up, so it took a little longer than usual. I walk over to the stairs and low and behold, Korri has crawled up TWO stairs and is looking at me like, "what?" My heart was in my throat and I didn't want to freak out because I was afraid she would fall. I ran down and grabbed her. No harm, no foul, but she has done it once since then, too, and even climbed on the dish washer door while I was putting dishes away:
She is a quick little bugger to say the least!

For those of you not on Facebook, on Monday I had to take Jim to the ER. After frantically called a few people, my aunt Angie was thankfully able to watch the kids (and she lives pretty close to the hospital, too). After a nasty bout with the flu, Jim had been puking up what he thought could be blood. The doctor ran some tests and think he tore his esophagus. He is supposed to take it easy for 30 days and try really hard not to throw up! The kids loved spending the evening at Angie's. Again, I am so thankful we could just drop them off at a moments notice. Anyway, Jim is feeling fine now, so hopefully that is all behind us.

Friday, Stacey and her friend Dave came over for game night. It was a blast, but alas, I drank too much and the evening didn't end so well (meaning there was a need to clean the carpet in our bedroom...yuck!). Thanks to my wonderful husband who took care of me. It was a really close game of Trivial Pursuit...boys 5, girls ZERO! Sheesh!

Then yesterday, NeNe and uncle Les watched the kids over night so Jim and I could go to our annual cookie exchange with Ryan, Leah and Doug. We had a great evening out without the kids and were able to sleep in late for once! However, Finn ended up getting sick and running a high fever and Korri had a cold and was coughing. Seriously?!?! Why can't that happen at our house and not when somebody else is watching them. I felt bad, but if anybody can handle it, I knew NeNe could. Thanks to Les for making an Advil run at 3am! We really appreciated the time away from the kids and hope it wasn't too tough on you, NeNe!

Wednesday, November 30

Ten already?

Korri is 10 months old today. It hit me how close she is to one year old already. It is so true that it goes way faster with the second one than it did with the first. Korri seems to be right on track and developing "normally." I looked online and at 10 months, most babies should be:
-waves goodbye (she does this but not every time)
-picks things up with pincer grasp (she does this very well, but uses more of her finger than just the tip...I'm sure that will continue to improve)
-crawls well with belly off the ground (she has mastered this and now tries to crawl on her hands and feet only!)

About half of babies should:
-say "mama" or "dadda" to the correct parent (she definitely does it correctly to me and to Jim when she is in the mood!)
-indicates wants with gestures (she just started doing this with a few signs, vocally and trying to get out of my arms when she wants something)

Advanced skills for this age:
-Stands alone for a couple of seconds (she would LIKE to be able to do this, but is too unsteady)
-Puts objects in a container (I didn't know she could do this until one of the teachers was "playing" with her at ECFE...she rocked at it!)

She has four teeth and is working on the fifth. She is sleeping through the night most nights. She pulls herself up to the couch, but isn't able to "cruise" side to side yet. She laughs and "talks" when she plays or tries to get Finn's attention. She responds to her name (or many of her nicknames!). Finn is her favorite thing in the world...besides momma! She is going through a little bit of separation anxiety from me right now (I remember Finn going through the same thing about this time). I'm hoping it passes quickly ;) She naps two times a day and sometimes takes another short cat nap right before bed. She played under the tree and pulled ornaments off the day we put it up...and hasn't touched it since! She is in 9 month clothes, but will be moving into 12 month soon (if anybody has any 12 month hand-me-downs, we'd love to take them off your hands!). She still bathes in the infant tub, but without the sling, and she thinks she should be able to crawl out...so she might be moving into the big tub WAY before Finn did! She takes about 3 bottles a day (sometimes a 4th if she is inconsolable during the night) and eats two to three "meals" that consist of pureed veggies, yogurt and/or cottage cheese usually. She LOVES goldfish crackers, teething biscuits and animal crackers...I think she is going to be a carb-freak just like her big brother ;)

 
NeNe and Wiggle Ann (Jim's cousin) came over tonight and NeNe brought Panera! Yumm-O! My fav. It was super good and of course, Finn ate the baguette and chips! What am I going to do with that boy?!?! Thank you so much for dinner, NeNe. Korri was a little fussy, but after some mac and cheese and a bottle, she warmed up.

Tuesday, November 29

Love our ped

Today is yet another reason why I am sad that we feel we need to switch pediatricians. The reason started yesterday. We met some of our friends at Choo Choo Bob's yesterday morning in St. Paul. This was a first for Finn and he LOVED it. I honestly think he would have stayed there all day playing with trains. However, when lunch time came around, we were able to drag him away and we went to a local cafe (Trotters...super good, FYI). When we walked in, Dr. Mackey was sitting there and waved us over. We said "hi" and then went to order our lunch. She came over when she was leaving and I mentioned that we were going in today for Korri's follow up flu booster and asked if we would be able to have Finn's ears looked at, since they have been bothering him for several days. She said the nurses couldn't do it, but to just ask for her and she would pop in.

We got to the clinic this morning and got right in (Finn hates that because he likes to play for a while!). We literally could have walked out two minutes later if we had just needed Korri's shot. We had to wait a bit for Dr. Mackey since she was squeezing us in between her appts. When she came in the room, she didn't make me feel like she was rushed or anything and asked Finn several "small talk" questions. She looked in Finn's right ear and all was well. However, it was a different story when she looked in his left ear, which is the one he had been grabbing. She said it was "nasty", red and swollen. No wonder he hasn't felt well! I'm SO glad she was willing to look at him. We then had to check him in as a patient and then she called in an antibiotic for him. Slick.

Korri was a rock star with her flu shot...she whimpered for a second and then forgot all about it! She hasn't been sleeping well today, so I did give her some Tylenol, thinking it might be bothering her now a little bit. As far as teeth go, Korri's #4 came in a week ago or so. She has one more coming in, but seems to have a little relief. As far as sleeping goes, she is doing so much better than she was a month go. For the most part, she is sleeping from 8pm to 8am! She occasionally wakes up around midnight or 5am, but I can handle that.

Wednesday, November 16

All's well that ends well

We had Korri's renal ultrasound and UTI follow up appt yesterday at Children's. Jim stayed home with Finn since it was during Finn's nap time. Korri didn't move a muscle for the ultrasound, which I was very thankful for. I had visions of her screaming and moving nonstop and making for a tough time. After the ultrasound we went over to the clinic for the follow up for her UTI. I was told to keep giving her the antibiotic until it was gone (we'd just passed the 10 days that was prescribed, but had some extra). Dr. Mackey explained what things could be wrong and the different courses of action we would take, based on the results of the ultrasound (it hadn't been read yet when we were there). She called later in the evening with the results and...Korri's anatomy looks fine! Yay...no reflux that they could see. So now the course of action is to be very watchful any time Korri runs a fever over 100.0 degrees for longer than 24 hours and then take her in for a UA if that happens. Hopefully it was a one-time fluke and she doesn't get any more!

I also pointed out that it looked like she had a hernia on/in/near her belly button. After a quick check, I was told that she does have a small hernia. As long as it goes back in when pushed, there is no concern and she will most likely out grown it. If it doesn't go back in, then we need to take her to the ER immediately. Hopefully it goes away without incident!

Dr. Mackey just laughed and said that Korri continues on the path of causing "problems" and getting attention. I wonder if she is trying to get as much attention as Finn did when he was born...good luck with that, Korri! Now if her teeth would just pop through (you can SEE them just under the surface), I think life would be happier for a while!

Sunday, November 13

Bounce Depot

Korri seems to be feeling better. We have a follow up appointment and a renal ultrasound at Children's Mpls hospital on Tuesday. Hopefully we will know more after that.

We had a busy yet fun day yesterday. Since Jim was at the Gopher football game all day, the kiddos and I got up early and met Holly, Odin and Breck in St. Cloud at the Bounce Depot.
Finn was completely overwhelmed and didn't really want to go in any of the bouncy houses (in fact, Korri went in one before Finn did...with Holly's help, of course). Open bounce was from 10-11am. Eventually Finn did go in two of them, but still preferred to rock on a rocking toy instead. Oh, well. Odin is one month younger than Finn and has no fear and wanted to go on all of the bouncy houses, even if they were a little too advanced for him! He reminded me SO much of Austin. I just couldn't get enough of him. And you can't really see in this picture, but Breck is so cute with his little glasses. He just turned one and was running around the place like a little mini grownup man!

After bouncing, we went to Applebees for lunch. I think the hostess thought I was a little crazy when I said, "Two adults, two highchairs and two booster seats!" Surprisingly, lunch went very well and I don't think we disturbed any of the other patrons. After lunch, we braved a trip to Kohls, which was a zoo! I had Finn, Breck and Korri while Holly was taking Odin to the bathroom and I heard one lady say, "Oh, my!" when she walked by...obviously thinking they were all mine! The visit was over far too quickly, but when you have four kids' schedules to consider, you must answer the call when it is nap time!

Once we got home, Katie dropped Quinn and Vince off for the evening and Jim was still at the game! While I'm certainly not used to caring for four kids under 4, it went really well and I even managed to sit them all down for dinner at the same time.
Jim got home just after dinner and was a big help with bed time. Quinn and Vince were SO good and easy. I hope my kids are like that for others!

Finn and I got up and went to church this morning (sadly, it has been a while since we've gone!). And he was amazingly good! He pretty much snacked on some treats I'd brought along and played with his Lightning McQueen car the whole time. His behavior definitely impressed me.

Sunday, November 6

Eating leaves

Korri's 9 months pictures are ready for viewing. It was an interesting shoot to say the least. Korri wouldn't stay in one spot and if she did, she was constantly trying to eat the leaves and Finn wanted to be in every shot! However, as usual, Jess was able to find the perfect moments even with the adverse conditions. And we couldn't have picked a more beautiful fall day for the shoot!

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Saturday, November 5

Come in already!

When we were at Urgent Care Thursday night, the Dr. said Korri has THREE teeth coming in right now! Sheesh. It was very evident last night. She wouldn't drink much from a bottle (wondering if the nipple bothered her gums?) and she wouldn't stay asleep once she went to bed. She was up screaming from 10:30 until at least 12:30 when I went to bed (Jim stayed up, so I'm not sure what happened after that). This morning she seemed in a good mood, but would only eat 2 ounces from her bottle before going back to bed. At least she doesn't have a fever! I just wish they'd come in already! I hate teething!

Friday, November 4

Improvement

Korri seems to be doing better this morning. Without any meds, her temperature was 101.5 degrees when she got up. Hey, that is a HUGE improvement from last night. After over an hour wait, I was able to get her oral antibiotic this morning, so we are hopefully all set.

I am thankful for three things. #1. That Korri is feeling better (obviously!). #2. That they were able to find something that can easily be fixed when we went in last night. There is nothing worse than having a sick kid and the dr just saying, "it is a virus!" or something like that. #3. That it wasn't an ear infection! This is the time that Finn started getting all of his ear infections that eventually led to tubes. So far, so good with K!

Korri lost a 1/2 pound in one week! I forgot to mention that last night when I posted. I think her appetite is back today. She has already had two bottles this morning and she has been averaging only three per day over the last week.

Thursday, November 3

Glad we went in

We noticed last Thursday night that Korri had a fever. It seemed to go away with medicine, so we didn't think much of it because not only did she get the flu vaccine earlier that day, but she is also teething (both of which can cause a low grade fever). Well, it continued to come and go over the weekend, getting as high as 103.8. Finally, today after a week of this on-again off-again fever, I called the nurse's line and made an appointment for tomorrow. On top of the fever, Korri wasn't eating well and was sleeping ALL the time. When Jim got home, he called our insurance nurse's line and they recommended taking her to Urgent Care and not waiting until tomorrow. I'm so glad we did!

After an almost two and a half hour visit, we discovered that Korri has a Urinary Tract Infection that spread to her blood! She was given an antibiotic shot tonight and will be on a strong oral antibiotic for the next 10 days. Upon the doctor's recommendation, I kept our appt for tomorrow and will wait to see how she is in the morning.

Friday, October 28

Short and chubby

I don't want to jinx anything, but Korri slept from 7:30 last night until 6:30 this morning! I'll get to why in a second...

Korri had her 9 month well-child appointment yesterday. Seriously?!?! NINE months already (well, not quite yet!)? It just seems so unreal, but when I look at pics and video from months ago, it feels like ages ago. She is 26.4" long, which is the 22 percentile and weighs a whopping 19 lbs 1 oz, which is the SIXTY-THIRD percentile! I guess we don't need to worry about her gaining weight any more! Ha! She is just like Finn was...short and chubby! She also has a big noggin, somewhere in the 60's percentile. She did NOT like Dr. Mackey for this visit. She pretty much screamed the whole time she was in the room...however, when the nurse took her measurements, she didn't make a peep. Hmmm...drama queen much?

We talked about Korri's skin...again! It just isn't getting better. First, I know I need to be better about putting stuff on it every day! I'm trying! Now I'm supposed to mix the cortizone in with the lotion when I put it on her back. Hopefully that helps...poor thing. I'm also supposed to go back to putting oil on her head. The cortizone doesn't really work any more because it just gets stuck in her hair and I can't really get it on her scalp. She doesn't "complain" per se, but I know her skin is itchy and bothers her. She has a bald spot on the back of her head and she doesn't sleep on her back, so it isn't from rubbing again anything...it is from her scratching all the time. Sad :(

Dr. Mackey said that at this age, Korri should NOT be getting up twice a night...if at all! She should be able to go all night without eating, especially since we aren't concerned about her weight, which was reassuring to hear. She strongly recommended turning off the monitor. We did this last night and if Korri woke up, she didn't wake me up until 6:30, like I said! I know it is only one night, but here's hoping! I think I woke up every hour last night, though...probably subconsciously afraid I wouldn't hear her.

Also, Korri should be eating solids for three meals a day! Oops...we are lucky to do one a day right now. Which also makes sense that she is a little chubby because formula has much more calories than solid foods (in general). It is just so much easier to just give her a bottle! I guess it is time to bring the high chair back up into the kitchen!

Overall, Dr. Mackey said that Korri is doing amazingly well. She is right on track developmentally. She said that the behavior things (not "listening" and being strong willed!) are probably more normal than what we experienced with Finn (who listened if we told him something once!). But there is also a big difference between an 8 month old crawling and listening compared to a 16 month old (that is when Finn started crawling, I think). Both kiddos got their flu vaccine. Finn was able to get the mist for the first time and was a total big boy. We had him lay down since I wasn't sure if he could sniff in like they wanted him to. He didn't make a peep (it probably helped that Dr. Mackey had given him a Lightening McQueen car to take home and he was able to hold that!). Korri had to get the shot, but it was the only shot for this appointment. She cried, but it didn't last long. She was pretty tired by this point and was sleeping before we left the parking garage!

I probably should have mentioned yesterday that Jim's car is a 2008 Cadillac CTS (oops!). He loves it so much that he made me help him clean out the garage last night so he could park the cars in it!
Tight fit (he said I may have to back out in order to get Finn in!), but they are in! It would sure be nice to not have to brush snow off this winter...since I still don't have a remote start ;)

Thursday, October 27

New addition

We have a new addition to our family (and no, I'm NOT pregnant!).
Jim FINALLY got rid of the Jag and got a new (to him) car! It is really nice and is even big enough for the family, if needed. I'm actually jealous and wish for the first time I drove a car again. Unfortunately, we need the packing space provided by a bigger vehicle. Here's hoping that for once, Jim has a good car that doesn't break down constantly and treats us well for a long time!

For those of you not on Facebook, this is how I found little Ms. Naughty yesterday when I went in to get her up:
Needless to say, we moved her mattress to the lowest position last night (which was quite the chore in and of itself!). I am much more comfortable with her lower. Now if she does this, her little head barely comes to the top of the railing.

I've been feeling under the weather for a week and a half! I think I am on the mend now, but I even went to Urgent Care (something I NEVER do) but after a UA and blood draw, they said it was a virus. Um, yeah, thanks for nothing! It's been tough on all of us, but thankfully, I hardly ever get sick, so we should have  reprieve for a while!

Monday, October 24

Standing!?!?

While I was out yesterday, Jim text me to say that Korri did this all by herself:
She pulled herself up on Finn's stool to standing from the ground! I'm surprised she could figure it out. Don't get me wrong, she isn't even close to standing or walking, but it makes me realize that I'm SO not ready for her to be walking! Crawling is enough work for me right now.

Sunday, October 23

Pics galore!

For those of you who have (not so) subtly mentioned that I've fallen behind in the uploading of pictures...I've uploaded pictures through yesterday! Now to be fair, I haven't had time to put dates or descriptions, but the pics are there! Click on the "Our pictures" link to the right!

Saturday, October 22

Leaps and bounds

Man, where do I start? This is the problem with being lazy and not updating it for so long! Korri is growing and developing by leaps and bounds. She has mastered sitting, crawling, and getting up and down from sitting. She started crawling Sunday, 10/9. It was the first day that she coordinated her hands and knees in a crawling gesture, but she wasn't confident yet and continued to rock back and forth and then lurch herself forward most of the time. Then, that Friday, we got to Ortonville, I set her down and off she went...and she hasn't stopped since! So this is what it's like to have a normal, get-into-everything, "I don't have to listen" baby!

She LOVES her big brother and watches him constantly. She always wants to "play" with him, but she just seems to get in his way. Although, lately, I feel like he is more interested in her and is starting to interact with her more. She also LOVES cords and paper and putting everything in her mouth. These are all things we did not have to worry about with Finn, so it is like being first time parents. It truly is amazing how different two kids can be when they have the same parents and the same environment.

Finn is growing like crazy...I think! I won't know for sure until his 3 year well child appt in January, but he has stayed within plus or minus a pound of 30 pounds for almost a year, I think, and has grown around FIVE inches! No more chubby little boy :( In fact, his 24 month pants are now too big for him in the waist because he has lost most of his buddha belly, but the 18 months are (thankfully!!) too short.

I'm sure there is a ton more that I'm forgetting right now, but at least I did a post!

Thursday, October 6

Four crazy years

Today, Jim and I celebrate our fourth anniversary. Wow, thinking back to our wedding day seems like a million years ago.
But, I guess we've crammed a lot into those four years! Bought a house, lost a job, had two kids, had major job insecurity (ie money problems!), among all the other normal, every day life stressors. Sheesh. But at the end of the day, there is nobody else on earth that I'd want to go through this crazy thing called life with. I love you a lot (as Finn would say!), Jim!! Here's to many MANY more happy (but maybe a little less crazy?!?!) years!

Friday, September 30

Eight today

Korri is eight months old today! Man, time sure does fly by. While I'm sure she is developing at a normal rate and doing things that a "normal" eight month old does, I am amazed every day at the physical things she learns to do all by herself. She can sit by herself and only falls over occasionally (usually when she "forgets" that she is sitting up!).
She gets up on her knees when she is on her stomach and rocks back and forth like she is going to take off crawling at any second (but usually only manages to go backward or inch forward). She could win World Champion at pivoting in circles while on her stomach...well, until she gets stuck by getting backed into a corner. Have I mentioned that she is really strong, too?
She can even stand! Well, okay, not really, but when we prop her next to the couch, she can stand by herself for a little bit. She isn't too stable, but impresses us regardless. Our little baby is growing up.

She is now fully weaned (since just before vacation). While I'm sad to be done nursing, it sure is more convenient to bottle feed...minus bottle washing, of course. She is a happy girl most of the time (except when her teeth are bothering her) and laughs fairly easily. She LOVES her big brother and watches him non stop and tries to "play" with him to which he always says, "No, baby Korri, no!" She can say, "Mama" regularly and if she's in the right mood, she'll say, "Dada."

Oh, and NeNe discovered that Korri can wave byebye...for real!!! I couldn't believe it, but sure enough. Although, I'm fairly certain that most of her response is simply mimicking, I think it shows how aware she is of her surroundings.

Oh, and she has two teeth...the two front bottom ones! She got her second one while we were on vacation. It seems like she is still getting more, but it would be nice to have a little break. I still hold that teething is the hardest part of parenting.

Wednesday, September 21

My perspective

I like to call this "Stacy's Perspective":
So beautiful. We had a pretty low key day today. Let's just say we MAY have gotten a little too much sun yesterday. Jim went to bed at 8pm last night and we both slept in until after 9am today (and we avoided the sun as much as possible)! Oh, and I took a two hour nap this afternoon...I think my "sleep barometer" is just refilling from all my sleepless nights!

Went to Senior Frog's tonight per Jim's request. As I like to say...when in Rome, do as the Romans do!
I can safely say that I've never experienced anything like it before and can see why there are so many stories about people getting totally wasted and tops coming off! We, alas, did not partake in any of that!

Tuesday, September 20

Cancan, baby!

We LOVE our resort (Westin Laguna Mar) in Cancun. We got in Sunday afternoon and have been loving it so far with absolutely beautiful weather (around 80's). It is definitely different than in Aruba where everybody speaks English and they use US dollars. Here are a few pictures from the last few days:
 Us in the fountain at resort (we think it was ok to go in!)
 View from our room...to die for!
The beach...need I say more?!?!

We don't have cell service here, so we aren't able to call and check on the kids :( If anybody hears how they are doing (my mom doesn't have internet at her house) please let us know! We have internet access, obviously. It is amazing how the Spanish is coming back for me...and how nice the staff is when I keep asking how you say things! "Como se dice..." is getting a lot of use. Buenos tardes!

Saturday, September 17

Where have they gone?

Jim and I are kid-less for TEN DAYS!!! They left yesterday (thanks Kels and NeNe for driving them!) for Oville for the weekend and then staying at my mom's for the week...while Jim and I are in CANCUN! We are really looking forward to some time away with just the two of us. Although, we have to say, it was really weird being home last night and today without kids. It is hard to explain, but made us think about what we did before kids...kind of seems insignificant. I guess kids just enrich our lives! We ran into Mike and Katie at the Gopher football game today and we were totally missing the kids and kind of attacked Quinn and Vince! I don't think they minded the extra attention too much. I really hope the kids are good for their care givers while we are gone (i.e. I hope Korri sleeps well at night!!). Thank you everybody for helping with them while we are away. It means a lot to know they are well taken care of and loved! Well, we are leaving at 4:30am tomorrow so should probably finish packing and hit the hay. Hasta luego! (I wish I'd brushed up on my Spanish before leaving ;) I know cerveza and bano, hopefully that will get us by for the most part!

Wednesday, September 7

Great MN Get Together

On Monday, the four of us headed out to the Great Minnesota Get Together, aka the MN State Fair. Korri's first trip, Finn's second (he wasn't allowed to go in 2009 due to his prematurity). The weather was absolutely perfect. If you'll remember last year, it was unseasonably cold and people made comments about how Finn wasn't dressed appropriately. SO, just to be safe, I dressed them in layers and brought a blanket! Hey, last year made me feel like crap and I didn't want to have a repeat...plus I wasn't sure what Jim would do this year if somebody said something! LOVED our double stroller.

We had lots of good food, as always. I tried to do the "one bite" method of not over eating, but that never works as you plan! I did ok until I smelled the mini donuts. By far, my weakness at the fair. Below is Finn eating a cheese curd (he loved the lemonade, cheese curds, and mini donuts but wouldn't even try the pork chop on a stick!).

 Korri couldn't partake in any fair food this year, so she got her bottle. Look, mom...no hands!

I think the fair tuckered her out!

We did several things this year that Jim and I hadn't before. 1. We went in ALL of the animal barns. Finn LOVED the animals. He kept asking for bunnies, but unfortunately, we couldn't find any in the barns. 2. We went in the Miracle of Birth barn, which was nuts. Finn finally got to see a couple bunnies in there, but he was not satisfied with that. 3. We went to tractor hill (as seen below) since Finn is obsessed with tractors right now. He LOVED it!

We lasted about two hours and then we were all ready to go home. Both kids did really well.

Tuesday, September 6

Mohawk biscuits

Auntie NaeNae gave Finn a new hair do last week:
A mohawk! We love it. Thank you, Ernie. I bought some "glue" that should spike it up, but I haven't tried that yet. Finn hadn't taken a good nap that afternoon, so he was the worst he's ever been for a hair cut. That being said, Renae still said he was better than most kids on a good day! I think it helps that he knows her and she is really good about showing him the things she is using and distracting him.

While we were at auntie's house, Korri had her first teething biscuit:
I was trying to eat dinner and she was being super fussy. I found one of Finn's (still sealed!) biscuits in the diaper bag and decided to try it. As you can tell from the picture, she LOVED it! I practically had to give her a sponge bath when she was done. I'm headed to Target today to get more!

Monday, September 5

Chomper

Jim discovered Korri's first tooth this afternoon!
It is on the lower left side when you are looking at her. Kind of hard to see, but it is definitely through! I feel like once babies have a tooth/teeth, they are no longer little tiny babies any more! She will be one before we know it ;)

Sorry about the lack of posts, I just haven't been making the computer a big priority lately. I will try to do a little better job, though.

Sunday, August 28

Are you ready for some football?

I had my fantasy football draft on Friday night. It was so much fun. This was the second year that we did a live draft instead of an automatic one. Man, is that stressful...in a really great way. Overall, I'm happy with my team, but it is really hard to know until the season has started. Just hoping for minimal injuries, as that killed me last year.

Last night, Jim and I went to the Vikings game with NeNe and Les! It had been YEARS since I went to a Vikings game and we had a total blast! Thank you so much for inviting us, NeNe! And thank you, Stacey and Dillon, for watching the kids. I know they were in expert hands and had a great time. The new roof on the dome looked really nice, but it was a lot brighter than I remember it. And the acoustics were ridiculous...I had to plug my ears at some points. Does that mean I'm getting old?!?! And I don't know if I missed the memo that hair scrunchies are back in style or if Vikings fans are just that far behind the times, but holy scrunchies, batman!

Korri was ALMOST sleeping through the night and now she is back to waking up every 3 hours! It is really frustrating. We are thinking/hoping that she is going through a growth spurt and it will be short lived. Thankfully, Jim is great about doing one of the night feedings, so I'm still getting decent sleep (but who couldn't use more?!?!). She also has been taking to cat naps, which makes for a long day for me (with little breaks!). She could also be teething (well, she IS teething) and that could be causing her some discomfort.

Today, the four of us are off to the Twins game! It is for the March of Dimes, so we get to walk on the field before the game again this year. So much fun. I think Finn will enjoy it a lot more this year than last. Hopefully the weather (and Korri for that matter!) is agreeable!

Thursday, August 25

They're ready

To be fair, they were ready several days ago, but I haven't had time to share. As always, Jess did an amazing job. You know the drill, click on the link to view Korri's 6 month pictures!


Thursday, August 18

Pretty "grill"

We call Korri, "Baby Grill" because that is how Finn says it. Anyway, here are a couple previews from Korri's amazing 6 month photo shoot and I think you'll agree that she is a "pretty grill":


Happy Due Date!

A very big happy due date to little Mr. Zander! It is so hard to think that he wasn't supposed to be born until today. So glad he is part of our lives.

Breastfeeding update: Korri is only nursing about twice a day now. I'm thinking she will be done within a week or so, but at least we got to do it this long. I'm sad only because there is nothing like the bond and feeling you have when you are breastfeeding your child.

Oh and Korri had her first real baby food last night! I gave her some cereal, but she still seemed hungry when it was gone, so I gave her some sweet potatoes and corn...which she LOVED and ate almost an entire container of Gerber Seconds! Thanks, Katie, for the baby food. Korri's ped said she can pretty much eat what we eat as long as it is pureed, so I guess this is the start (although to be clear, we do NOT eat baby food!).

Wednesday, August 17

Rolling, sitting, posing...oh my!

We had Korri's 6 month photo shoot today. I know it is a little delayed, but we had to reschedule it three times due to circumstances beyond our control. I'm just glad Jess was so flexible. I can't wait to see them. For the most part, Korri was super happy and cooperative. Well, until we were getting ready to leave...but who cares if she is crabby then?!?! I think she fell asleep before we left the parking lot.

Two firsts:
On Sunday afternoon, Korri rolled from her back to her tummy unassisted for the first time! We were at NeNe's house and she did it once, but I helped and then she did it again without anybody touching her! I've said before, she is rolling from tummy to back several times every day, but hadn't quite mastered going from back to tummy...although she does with backwards "C" arch with her back and gets 5/6 of the way over before correcting and going back onto her back!

And today, Korri sat by herself without support for at least 15 seconds...probably more. I guess I thought her max was about 2 seconds, but she even wobbled over a little bit and corrected herself. I think we have a sitter! While I am super excited about this, it also makes me a little sad. Once a baby can sit, they don't seem like a baby any longer. She'll be crawling and sitting in grocery carts and chasing after Finn before we know it!

Oh, speaking of Finn...he is in Oville this week with Memere and Grandpa (and uncle John!). We are going there this weekend for Corn fest, so we thought he would have a blast spending the week there. We had to really twist Ron and Lynn's arms to let him come again...NOT! I hope he is being a good boy! It is so weird only having one child. We had dinner over at Born's last night (which was long over due and super yummy...thank you!) and it was such a change to just have a child who is stationary to look after. Vince is 99% walking. It is so much fun to see what he is doing, knowing that Korri will be there in four months or so!

Saturday, August 13

Picture perfect

Becky's wedding pictures are ready and man, are they good! The photographers was...unique, so I'm glad he did such a great job. What I liked best was the nice variety of both journalistic and traditional pictures. Here are two that I thought you might like (since I didn't get very many with my camera):

She looks like such an angel!

Friday, August 12

Same Cloud

Yesterday, the kids and I went to St. Cloud to see auntie Becca's new place. Finn asked where Austin was, so I told him, "in St. Cloud." So on our way there, Finn asked where we were going and I said, "where Austin is." To which he replied, "Oh, in same cloud?" I guess "St. Cloud" sounds like "same cloud" when you are two!

We had a BLAST and I totally love their place (just wish it/they were closer!). It sucked that I had a migraine, but it was nice to have help with the kids since Jim was out of town. I think Finn would have moved in, if I/they had let him. He had so much fun. Finn had tacos for dinner and was so dirty, that after dinner we had to put his clothes in a plastic bag to come home! We threw the kids in the bath and then Becky found some clothes of Austin's that were a little small.
Finn of course, loved these clothes and had to wear them all day today, too! Hey, whatever works.

Thursday, August 11

6 month check

Korri had her 6 month well child appt on Tuesday (thanks, Erica, for watching Finn!) and the appointment went well! Yay. She weighs 14 lbs, 10 oz (which is the SIXTEENTH percentile!) and is 25 1/3" long (which is the TWENTY-THIRD percentile!). She is doing great. I am most amazed at her length. She has grown three inches in two months! At her four month check, her weight was 7th percentile and her height was 1st percentile, so I'll take these great improvements. She got four vaccines, one oral and three shots, and she was a trooper. She cried at the second shot and calmed down once mommy could pick her up. However, she was a BEAR the rest of the night, so I'm sure her legs were hurting her (there was a hard knot in her left thigh yesterday...boo). Here you can see some of her little band-aids (and she is of course, blowing bubbles, something she does ALL the time now and I think is the cutest thing ever):

The doctor was a little concerned about her skin. She just has such darn sensitive skin! The dr said to use hydro cortizone ointment instead of cream, so I picked some up. Also, I'm supposed to put it on up to three times per day on the really bad spots. I'm not good at remembering that often, but I've been doing twice a day! The doctor was very impressed with Korri's fine motor skills (she kept commenting on it) and said that she is pretty much right on track for her sitting (she can sit for about 2 seconds before falling over). Unless we have concerns before then, we don't have to go back in until her regularly scheduled 9 month well child appt! Yay.

Not related to her appt, I think Korri is saying, "mama!" It sounds like, "A-ma!" but she's done it several times this past week and yesterday when auntie Kristine was over, Kristine would pick her up and she would look at me and say it! Might be wishful thinking, but it sure seemed to have purpose behind it. She is rolling from tummy to back pretty much every time she takes a nap or sleeps, which is a little annoying because she still hasn't rolled from back to tummy and she can't sleep on her back!

As I mentioned, Kristine and Zander came over yesterday. He is getting so big...but in reality, he is still so small! Finn/Korri have the same carseat as Zander. The top one is Zander in his carseat and the middle one is Finn in his carseat the day he came home from the hospital and the bottom one is Korri the day she came home.


I just thought it would be fun to compare (you can tell Zander was born in the summer and my kids were in the winter!). Zander is a little bigger in this picture than Finn was, but not by much and even though it is hard to compare because of the blanket, Korri is clearly bigger than both! I should get a picture from Kristine of Zander in the car seat when he came home from the hospital. Oh and the outfit Zander had on was one of Finn's...seems like just yesterday! I'm so glad I get to see his outfits used again. They bring back such good memories (before Finn could say "no" and throw fits...haha!).

Monday, August 8

Hi Auntie

I just received this "way too cute" email with the subject, "Hi Auntie."
Little Mr. Zander. Awake and everything. What a doll!

And this one came later:
As you can see, he is getting too big for Preemie clothes. What a big boy!!

Rhyme time

I introduced Korri to Kiki last week in her crib...and she LOVES it! I was thinking it would just be ignored for a while, but she grabs it and shakes it and hugs it. I'm so glad she likes it.

We went to my cousin Joe's wedding on Saturday. It was outside in an apple orchard and was really pretty. The temperature was a little too hot for the kids (I was concerned about Korri, especially), but we just decided to leave a little earlier than we would have normally. Finn had a BLAST! There were tons of older boys to chase after and play with. Four of five weddings done. One more to go (in October!).

Finn can rhyme! Last night we were all playing outside and Finn wanted Jim to tell him stories. Jim's stories always rhyme, so eventually, Jim asked Finn to rhyme...and he did! It wasn't just luck because he did it more than once with different sounds. Again, I think I have to give credit for this to the show Super Why. One of the characters rhymes, and I'm sure that is where Finn picked it up from.

Friday, August 5

Just like Pinocchio

Finn loves the show Super Why and it is available on instant watch through Netflix, so he watches those episodes over and over. I figure that if he is going to watch TV, I'm glad it is a show like this. They focus on letter recognition and solving problems (that episode's moral lesson). I completely credit this show for Finn's amazing ability to recognize letters, but I thought the rest of the show was a little over his head.

However, this morning, I asked him if he had pooped in his diaper (because he was stinky) and he told me, "yes." So we got a diaper and wipes to change him, but when I checked, he had just tooted. I said, "Finn, you told mommy a lie. You did not poop. You need to tell the truth." To which he answered, "Just like Pinocchio." One of the Super Why episodes is Pinocchio and they obviously talk about lying. I was shocked that he had understood the message and had the ability to apply it to real life. Now I feel even better when he watches that show! He continues to amaze me with his memory and comprehension. What a smart little man :)

Thursday, August 4

Oville, here we come

Well, actually, Oville, here we are! Jim had to do some work at the Ortonville hospital, so we decided to come with him on Wednesday and spend a few days at his parent's. Finn just LOVES it here. We've been out in the boat fishing twice, Finn's been on two walks and we got to visit Granny, the kids' great great grandma, this afternoon (which she just loved, by the way!). We have a wedding to get back to the Cities for on Saturday, so we'll head back either tomorrow night or Saturday AM.

Jim and I both agree that we can officially say that Korri's colic is GONE!!! She is still extremely fussy when it is time to sleep (either for a nap or bedtime), but that has nothing to do with colic. Unfortunately, I think it is just her! However, even that seems to be getting somewhat better. It used to take over an hour to get her to go to sleep at night and it rarely takes that long any more. In general, she just doesn't seem to need as much sleep as Finn did at this age (or probably still does!), so it is hard for me to figure out how much she needs and when. The really fun part is she loves to play on the floor and in her jumperoo! Her legs are too short for it, so we put a baking pan under her so she can reach and jump. She loves it, which I'm very thankful for (Finn never really took to it like this...but then again, he had muscle tone/strength issues, so maybe that makes sense!).

We also switched her formula from Alimentum to the Similac Sensitive. After we got her colic under control, we started to think it was just her getting more volume and not necessarily the expensive/fancy formula. So, we had a can of the Sensitive at home and tried it. It has been a few days and doesn't seem to be a problem! Yay...it is WAY cheaper than the Alimentum. Maybe eventually we will switch to regular formula, but we'll save that for another day. As of now, she breast feeds every other feedings, on average, and that seems to be working for both of us. Not sure how much longer I'll breast feed, but I'm glad we still are able (although, she started biting this week, so I might need to be a little firmer in my reaction to it...ouch!).

Sunday, July 31

Fishing with daddy

Friday night, the four of us went to a work party for Jim's work at his coworker's house. She happens to live on a lake, so Finn and Jim got to go fishing from the end of her dock. Their bate? Marshmallows of course!
video
(for the record, no fish did in fact, bite!)

Korri is SIX MONTHS old (as of yesterday!). My, how time flies. I'm hoping that the next 6 months are a little easier, but just as rewarding. She has officially found her toes! She loves them and plays with them all the time. She is rolling over from tummy to back fairly often, but has yet to go from back to tummy. Part of this is probably due to the fact that she doesn't lay on her back too often. She gets about 5/6th's of the way over and then rolls back over to her back! She will get it soon, I have no doubt. She also has interest in sitting and can do it with assistance, but is by no means sitting as of yet. I don't think it will be too long until that happens, either. She is growing up so quickly! She loves her brother the most in the whole world and thinks he is the funniest, most entertaining person to ever live. She is definitely teething, which makes for some tough times, but the colic seems to be much better. Now if only she wouldn't fight going to bed EVERY time she has to go to sleep. Argh. It is really tough, but I'm really hoping she out grows this phase...and soon!

Last night, aunt Kelsie came over to watch the kids so Jim and I could go OUT! Yes, out, as in out to dinner on a date! We met Ryan and Leah at Tommy Chicago's for Ryan's birthday. Their pizza was really good (not Giordano's, but not bad for MN), but I think I'm still full. Yikes! Thanks, Kels, for watching the kids. It was really nice to get out sans kids.

Thursday, July 28

Smith Lake Girls' Weekend

Last weekend, Korri and I got away for the second annual Smith Lake girls' weekend. We picked Stacey up on Friday around 3pm and headed up to the Osakis/Alexandria area (Stacey's mom, Connie was already there). Korri did okay on the ride there, except for the last twenty minutes or so. Connie and Stacey graciously gave us the bedroom, which worked out well. Here was Korri's bed for the weekend.
A little tight, but it worked out great. She even managed to roll over! Connie's coworker joined us on Saturday and we went into Alexandria to check out all the local haunts, including Big Ole. We had a shopping spree at Maurice's and I got my first pair of Silvers jeans. So excited to have a reason to wear jeans now :)

Sunday, Korri went on her first boat ride!

She fell asleep sitting up once we got going. I guess you can tell why sitting up wasn't a problem since the life jacket kept her pretty stiff. After the boat ride, Korri and I headed home. It was a wonderful weekend and very relaxing. Now I'll have to decide if Korri gets to come along next year or not. Hmmm...we'll have to see if she is sleeping better by then or not!

Wednesday, July 27

Belly laughing

I don't even know where to start since it has been so long since I've blogged. Oops. I just don't get as much time on the computer as I used to...can't imagine why!
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Here is a video of Korri laughing. She started belly laughing a while ago, but I wasn't able to get it on video because she would stop every time I brought out the camera! I could listen to her laughing all day long (much better than her screaming!!).

Monday, July 18

Alexander the Great

We (minus Korri) got to meet Baby Boy Gredzens yesterday afternoon! Finn wasn't allowed in the NICU, but could look at him through the window. Side note: the Maple Grove hospital is ridiculously fabulous!
Baby is so stinkin' sweet and made the cutest faces. He seems to be pretty easy to calm down, which is a huge blessing and hopefully continues. He is a really big eater, too, which is really great. And they picked a name! I wasn't allowed to post until Kristine posted it on Facebook, which she just did. Alexander Janis Gredzens but he will be called Zander.
I just love it. It is amazing how quickly and easily it is to fall in love with somebody. I have a feeling Zander will want for nothing! This morning, Finn asked where Baby Zander was, "at auntie Kristine's house?" Nope, not yet buddy, but it sounds like Kristine is being discharged today and Zander could come home as soon as tomorrow! He is one amazing miracle.

I got the privilege of driving the newlyweds to the airport this morning at 5:15am. It was hard to leave them there because if Becky had packed less, I might have tried to fit in her suitcase. I'm so freakin' happy for them. Becky had on a super cute tank top that said, "Just married!" I love it. They don't come back until Tuesday, so I really hope they are able to relax and enjoy themselves after all the stress of planning such a big event.

Man, after all this excitement, what are we going to do with ourselves?!?! Stay inside and try to stay cool, I guess. The highest heat index I saw here in Mpls today was 109 degrees with the humidity levels in the upper 70's. Crazy.

Sunday, July 17

Mrs. Ross and Mr. Gredzens

Yesterday was wonderfully perfect. Becky (and Pete!) did such a great job planning and organizing that everything went very smoothly. I can't believe my little sister is married and her name is now Rebecca Ross!! I really like the sound of that. Now there is just one Walsh girl left...hmmm...
Becky was by far, one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. I was very happy that both Finn and Korri made it down the isle without crying, even if Finn threw the ring bearer pillow at the alter once he got to the front! I'm so happy to have Pete part of the family. Now they get to enjoy a week in Maui...totally jealous. Jim said we should go crash their honeymoon. Hmm...don't think that would be appreciated ;)

Kristine and baby are doing well. Here is a pic from yesterday:
This was Kristine's facebook post from this morning (for those of you who don't have FB): "He is in the NICU and doing great. His breathing and eating are strong. He has an IV and warmer because his blood sugar and temp are occasionally a little low, but nothing serious. I didn't get to see him until Sat morning, and then saw that he was perfect. I've been totally exhausted so kept visitors away so far, but looking forward to a big day today. No name yet, but we're hoping to decide today."

We have yet to see Kristine and meet little Mr. Gredzens, but will be leaving shortly to go up to the hospital to do just that. Can't wait! Jim said he looks like Alex...I think I agree. I'll have to see for myself, though. So excited :)

What a crazy few days for our family. Talk about some major life changing events all at once. Kristine was definitely missed yesterday, but was there in spirit for sure. I took as much video as I remembered to, so hopefully she will get a sense of being there when she watches it.

Saturday, July 16

He's here!

Nothing like doing it all in two days! Kristine went into labor yesterday morning and after laboring pretty much all day, gave birth at 6:30pm via c-section to a...boy! I have a new nephew (totally thought she was having a girl!). I'm so excited for Kristine and Alex and can't wait to meet him (although that will have to wait until Sunday...boo!). He doesn't have a name yet, but I'm thinking that will be announced some time today. He was 5 lbs 10 oz, 17.5 in., which is pretty good sized, considering he was 5 weeks early. As of last night, both mom and baby are doing well.

And today is the BIG wedding day! Becky and Pete are getting married today! I am so excited for them, too. Too much excitement to handle (I hope both Becky and Kristine were able to sleep last night!). I'll be leaving shortly to meet the girls to get our hair done, which will be a lot of fun. Lynn is coming over to help Jim with the kids and they will meet us at the church later. It will be a long, busy day...but should be TONS of fun, too. I just hope Finn decides to be agreeable, because he was NOT for rehearsal last night. Maybe once he gets his tuxedo on, he will transform into a super good boy who listens ;) Better start getting ready!!

Friday, July 15

T minus one day!

Tomorrow is the BIG day! I can't believe my little sister will have a new last name tomorrow. I could not be happier for her and am so looking forward to all the festivities.

Last night, we all went over to aunt Kelsie's for dinner and to watch the Maple Grove parade. We all has such a great time. Austin came along and was so funny. He kept waving at the different royalty and saying, "Hi pretty girls," "Hi Princess!" and then started blowing kisses at them! I seriously love that kid. The parade was pretty long, so we didn't head home until after 9pm, but all three kids were on their best behavior. I just love festivals like that. Makes me feel "small" town in the big city. Thanks for a great time, Kels. Korri was over tired and screamed the entire way home, even though we were shouting out songs the whole way. Jim gave her an ounce of formula and she was OUT.

Thursday, July 14

Mommy time

Or maybe I should say, "Stacy time!" With Lynn being here this week, I've been able to get out and have a little freedom. Monday, I was able to go to Costco sans kids, which was great (considering Korri takes up the whole basket part of the cart and doesn't leave room for the things I'm buying!). However, their stupid coupons weren't valid until today (which I didn't realize until I was done shopping!), so I will be heading back there to get the rest of the stuff. Monday night, Becky and I went to a jewelry party at Leah's house. It was so much fun to get out and have a girls' night and a couple glasses of wine. I'm not a jewelry person, but the stuff was beautiful. Maybe some day I'll get more adventurous, but I'm the kind of person who wears the same things every day. Oh, well. Thanks for coming along, Becky!

Yesterday, Kelsie treated me to a pedicure! It was FABULOUS! It had been a really long time since I got one and now my feet will be cute for the wedding this weekend. It was very relaxing and much needed since I've been struggling with a migraine since Tuesday. Thanks, Kelsie!!

Then last night we grilled at our house with Kelsie, Lynn, Pete, Becky and Austin! I love having people over and just hanging out. Now we are gearing up for the wedding this weekend. I can't wait. It will be so much fun.

Tuesday, July 12

Back on track

Jim, Korri and I went to Korri's doctor appointment this afternoon while Memere stayed home with Finn (thank you very much!!). K gained almost one pound in less than two weeks! She now weighs 13 lbs 5 oz and is back on her growth curve (which is still really small, but I'll take it)! I guess supplementing with formula is agreeing with her. Basically, we are to keep doing what we're doing and we don't need to go back in until her 6 month well-child appt in Aug. Such great news! Finally, good news at the doctor's office.

I also talked to her about Finn's height (we weren't able to talk about it at his appt two weeks ago) and she said that we will start looking at his thyroid and hormone levels at his 3 year well-child appt, but we don't need to do anything in the meantime. So, that is good news, too. Hey, maybe he'll catch up between now and then and we won't have to do anything at all!

Finn and Korri are having the time of their life this week since Memere is here visiting. It is always nice to have help around the house and with the kids. I've been feeling a lot better lately. I'm sure it is a combination of a lot of things, but like I told the pediatrician today, at least now I want to keep Korri! I still have bad moments and get overwhelmed, but they seem to be less often. Hopefully things stay on this trajectory and continue to improve.

Wednesday, July 6

Let go and let God

When I was younger, I went to a christian retreat and the "theme" was "Let go and let God." With that in the front of my mind, I've decided that I'm okay if Korri stops nursing. I clearly don't have enough for her (or at least enough fat) to gain weight and she has really taken to the special formula, Alimentum, so going forward, if she nurses, she nurses and if she doesn't, she doesn't. I'm sad that she will be finished breast feeding shortly, but also thankful I was able to for as long as we did. The upside for bottles is the freedom it gives me.

We heard back from Korri's ped about her test results. The brain ultrasound showed everything was normal, which is so good. The milk scan showed that Korri does have acid reflux, but nothing that was severe. So, we will stay on the prevacid and special formula at least until our appt next week. Both Jim and I think Korri has gained weight and seems to be filling out a bit. Maybe Finn is giving her his belly drum!

Tuesday, July 5

Steals the show

Yesterday, we went to the beach with Becky, Pete and Austin. It was wonderful summer weather, but with a baby, it got a little got. We stayed for about an hour and then headed home to cool off and for naps. Finn LOVED swimming in the lake and kept splashing whoever was swimming with him. Becky dipped Korri's feet into the water and she LOVED it. The sad thing, this was the first time we'd been swimming all summer. Hopefully the weather allows for more of it.

Afterward, we all went back to our house to hang out, grill, swim, nap (F and K) and play bags. It was a perfect day and evening, especially when auntie NaeNae joined us. We didn't get to go see any fire works, but Pete had a few fun ones for the kiddos...although I don't think Finn really liked them. Maybe next year. Austin got to have a sleep over at our house and surprise Finn when he woke up, which was pretty funny.

This afternoon Finn, Korri, Austin, Becky and I picked auntie Kristine up (yes, we all fit in the Pacifica...barely!) and went to Janice's for our final dress fittings. Kristine and mine looked great...but Korri will for sure steal the show! I hope Becky is okay with that. She looks so freaking cute in her dress! What a great job, Janice :)

Korri is full on doing belly laughs now! Both Jim and I noticed it today. Maybe she just does it now because she seems to be happier, I don't know. It probably helped that she slept for over EIGHT hours straight last night! (we woke up before she did to see if she was okay!) Hopefully I can get it on video soon. Nothing cuter than a baby laughing!

Monday, July 4

Queen's feast

Happy birthday, America! Take a moment today to appreciate this wonderful country we live in. We truly are blessed. And thank you to all the men and women who gave us and continue to give us our freedom.

Yesterday, the four of us braved a trip to Costco when the world ended at our house because we ran out of...paper towels! And you know what? It wasn't even crazy busy. We were shocked. In and out, no problem. Then we headed over to auntie Kristine's for a family dinner since Grandpa Egg was in town for his pre-wedding hair cut. Alex smoked/grilled ribs and chicken, which were amazing. Both kids were exhausted by the time we left. Finn and I do this thing when we turn the corner by our house, I say, "We're..." And Finn responds, "Home!" So I did it last night, fully expecting him to be sleeping and he answered me! It was actually a little creepy, but Jim and I busted out laughing.

Korri had her first taste of baby rice cereal yesterday! I'd bought some a week ago or so, but we hadn't sat down to try it.
She did really well and ate all that we made...well, minus the two tastes that Finn wanted and all that ended up on her and the bib! I have video, but can't get the program to work to edit it right now :(
As you can see, she does really well in her Bumbo chair, too. We need to be better about having her sit up right a little bit every day. I think she likes the vantage point!

Sunday, July 3

Belly drum

I know it has only been three days, but I do think that Korri seems to feel better and therefore is in a better mood. She doesn't mind sitting in her bouncy seat for a bit at a time, which is a great relief. Jim has been "super dad" the last few days and that takes a lot of pressure and responsibility off me. I'm just trying to take it hour by hour so I don't get overwhelmed, but I have noticed I've felt better, too. So, things seem to be looking up (finally!). Now, if she could just figure out how to self-sooth a little bit...

Friday, Stacey and Dillon came over to swim and for dinner. It was a really nice evening, even though we almost got caught in the storm! It went from calm and cloudy to stormy and terrible within one minute! We grabbed what we could and ran inside. It was so windy, Finn honestly couldn't walk into the wind. I had to grab his hand to keep him going forward! For all it's fury, it blew through pretty quickly with nothing major at our house. I think Dillon was a little disappointed because he really wanted to see a tornado!

Saturday, we had a relaxing day at home and spent a ton of time outside in the B-E-A-U-tiful weather! Then Sam came over and brought steaks. Yum! After the kids went to bed, we even had our first bonfire of the season. Man, the weather was perfect for a fire. It was a really great evening.

I think Finn is "losing" his belly drum! I don't know if that means he is getting taller or if he is burning more calories (or a combination of both, probably!), but it makes me kind of sad. He has had his belly since he was born. It comes back when he eats a lot, so I guess I'll just have to keep him well fed! Ha, ha.

Friday, July 1

Baby Einstein saves the day

I will attempt to sum up the doctor appts from Wed afternoon. First, the good news...Finn is doing great! His weight (29.1 lbs) was just under the 50th percentile for his ACTUAL age! That made me so happy. They didn't measure his height until the very end of the appt and didn't tell me what it was or the percentile (we did it ourselves, and think he is right around 33"). I will ask the dr when we go back in. And, he can now switch to skim milk! Yay...it wasn't a big deal, but buying two kinds of milk was a little bit of a drag, so now he can drink ours.

Why are we going back in you ask? Well, Korri is not gaining enough weight (12 lbs. 2 oz) and the Dr. wants to start ruling things out as to why she is still so fussy. She has fallen below her already shallow growth curve, so Dr. wants to keep an eye on it and try a few things. First, we are supplementing with a specialized formula that already has the protein processed (to hopefully help her tummy feel better) and man, does it stink! She has taken to it over the last couple days and seems to not have a problem switching back and forth between the breast and bottle (fingers crossed). We also decided to just pay for the prevacid out of pocket and if it works, then we'll "fight" with the insurance to get them to pay for it. She just started it yesterday, so hard to say it's effect yet. Another change is that Jim will now be giving her a bottle for one of her night time feedings in order for me to get a longer stretch of sleep at one time (apparently I'm sleep deprived!). I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton, but I was SO thankful that NeNe was able to leave work early to join us there (since Jim was traveling). I can't even begin to express how great it was to have her there (and it helps that she is a nurse!).

The dr was very concerned about me and even called both Jim and me later in the evening to make sure things were good and that I was getting enough help. Fortunately, aunt Kelsie was already going to come over Thurs AM, so she agreed to come Wed evening and stay over night to do one of K's night time feedings. I didn't wake up Wed night until 5:30am, when my boobs told me it was time for K to eat! Upon K's dr's strong recommendation, I started Zoloft yesterday. I know it takes a bit to take effect, but I'm very hopeful. I also went to a counselor yesterday AM (thanks, Kels for watching the kids!), so hopefully I/we are doing enough things to make some changes for the better in our lives. And K "turned" five months old yesterday! Hard to believe.

I don't know if it's just wishful thinking, but I think K has been less fussy yesterday and so far today (other than the fact that she wouldn't go to bed last night...aunt Kelsie saved the day yet again in addition to all the help she gave yesterday!). In order to start ruling out some bigger issues, aunt Kristine met K and I at Children's hospital this morning for a brain ultrasound (for Korri, not Kristine!) and a milk scan. Yes, Kristine is still on bed rest, but what better place to be if you aren't at home?!?! (side note: hooray for 33 weeks today!) The ultrasound will help us know if she has some neurological problems. The milk scan will tell us if she has acid reflux and how her stomach processes milk. K's dr should receive the results by mid week next week and we go back in for a visit in a week and a half. Thank you to auntie Kristine for meeting us there and the support.
It was nice to have somebody to chat with during the procedure...for which K did amazing. She had to drink special formula (we couldn't get more than an ounce in her!) and then lay strapped down to the table for an HOUR...and she only cried for the last five minutes. The tech put on a Baby Einstein dvd, which she LOVED! Who knew?!?! Maybe I'll have to pick one up.

Wednesday, June 29

NeNe times two

It was great having Erica here over night. Hopefully we can do it several times this summer. On Monday morning, we didn't have any plans, so we went over to auntie Kristine's to keep her company for a while. I know how boring bed rest is, but at least she is able to work from home some of the time, which has to help a lot. Hopefully the kids gave her a little distraction for a while. Finn keeps asking about her, so I think we'll be planning another trip over there soon!

Jim left yesterday for another work trip. Argh, these are getting old. NeNe came over after work and was a life saver. Apparently we have a few "Korri whisperers" in our family, and I'm very thankful for that. I also think she played baseball with Finn for what seemed like an hour. She has more energy than I do, that's for sure! Finn loved it, of course...until his ball got stuck under the couch and it was bed time.

Today we went to the monthly meeting of our Mom's Club. I like going to them because there is a big play area for the kids and I feel like such an adult (there is an agenda and everything). Pam and Lilly were there, so Finn got to play with Lilly (and all the other kids) and Pam held Korri. Perfect! We are going to the doctor this afternoon for weight checks for both kids. I'm SO thankful they were able to get them in for appointments back to back so we only have to make one trip. Since Jim is out of town, NeNe is so generously leaving work early to go with me. In my "fragile" mental state, the last thing I could deal with or process right now is information/news from the doctor, especially if it isn't good! Should be, though. I think both kids are doing well in the growing area. Maybe she'll come up with a magic solution for Korri's colic...one can only hope :)

Monday, June 27

Korri whisperer

On Sunday, we got home from Murdock around 2:30, which was nice, although our time at my mom's was pretty short. Jim and I FINALLY put up the fence for the backyard. What...I know June is almost over!
I'm excited to have the backyard fenced in. Now Finn can play outside without an adult constantly with him. He is a rule follower and I don't think he would have ran into the street anyway, but now there is a layer of protection between him and the street (even if it isn't much). Now he just has to get used to the idea of being outside by himself. I don't think it will take long.

Erica came over in the afternoon to spend some time with us until this afternoon. Yay. She ended up totally being the "Korri whisperer" as Korri loved sitting on her lap and playing with her phone. Maybe we should just have Korri text people all the time?!?!