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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, 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 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


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!