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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.

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 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 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! 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!).