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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.

Monday, April 30

Recovering...slowly

Well, we thought things were getting better, but on Friday, it appeared that Korri's skin started falling off! It was very disturbing and after giving her a bath and talking to the nurse's line, we decided to take her back to Urgent Care. Thank you yet again, Mom, for staying with Finn and helping us out.

Finally a different answer than the other two doctors...a bacterial infection! He thinks it started out as Hand/Foot & Mouth disease but because of the weeping lesions, it turned into strep or staph infection. He prescribed a strong antibiotic that we filled that night so she could get started right away. She continued to recover over the weekend and finally today her skin looked SO much better and she was actually a happy little girl again.
A huge thank you for Mom helping out all weekend and also NeNe for coming last night and today. Korri has to stay home one more day (thank you Lorry for offering to help out tomorrow!!) and can hopefully go back to daycare on Wednesday. We are so lucky and thankful for the wonderful family and friends we have...both those that can physically help out and those that offer much needed prayers, support and positive thoughts!

Finn is showing slight signs of the tell-tale symptoms of HF&M, but isn't complaining much (not that he ever does!) and hasn't had a fever since Friday...so he got to go to daycare today. While I came down with what seems like a normal cold, Jim has actual HF&M disease (he went to the doctor today) and has been hit pretty hard. The doctor told him it would be about five days before he was feeling better. Yikes! A least it appears that we are all in the up swing toward recovery.

Wednesday, April 25

Weeping lesions...gross!

While they may have survived the first day of daycare, we may not survive this week! Korri was sent home with the note that she had "gunky" eyes on Monday. We put saline drops in them and they seemed better Tuesday AM, so she went to daycare, only for Jim to get a call to come get her within a few hours due to a fever of 102. He picked her up (luckily she still fits in her infant carrier since her seat was in my car) and took her to urgent care since she couldn't go back to daycare without a note from the doctor saying she was fine. Of course, they said it was just a virus but by bed time, she had a pretty good rash all over much of her body.

When she woke up, it covered all of her back, most of her legs and feet and was spreading to her arms, hands and face with what they call "weeping lesions." SO, Jim decided to take her to our clinic instead of urgent care. Yup, still just a virus, but seriously, people her skin is almost disturbing it is so bad. I was going to take her to Target to pick up her topical prescriptions and dressed her in long sleeves, pants and socks so nobody would be scared by looking at her! It is really that bad. Here is a view of her back and cuddling with daddy before their appt today:

She slept most of the morning and all afternoon after her dr appt, so hopefully all the sleep is helping her get better. I sure didn't mind the hour and a half nap she took in my arms! It was like she was a baby again.

Finn also has a cold, probably the same virus Korri has, but is much less affected with just a runny nose and occasional cough. I know it is good to make their immune systems better, but this is ridiculous. I almost wish to just keep her in the hospital until it is better because the doctor said it could get worse before it gets better! What? How? Her skin falls off? This just makes me realize how serious her skin issues really are. I was just hoping it was a matter of a little eczema with the propensity for occasional hives. Guess we couldn't be that "lucky."

Why am I working again? It took every ounce of will power I had to not just get up and quit today. I just want to be with my babies when they are sick. That being said, Jim really is Super Dad and did a great job dealing with everything the last couple days. I would have lost my mind without him! Korri now has been home sick from daycare more than she has been there and its hasn't been a full week yet :(

Again, a HUGE thank you to my mom for changing her work schedule to come watch Korri Thursday (she was already great enough to offer to come watch the kids Friday since daycare is closed for conferences). Jim had a business trip planned that he couldn't get out of. I feel like a broken record, but I am so thankful for her willingness to help at a moment's notice. Here's to hoping the next couples days see noticeable improvements!

Sunday, April 22

First tee time

Finn received his very first set of real (junior!) golf clubs this morning! Yes, I agree with you that he is spoiled, but Jim felt VERY strongly about getting them AND they were on sale, so I felt like I couldn't say no.

The golf set comes equipped with a driver, wood, iron and putter, a deluxe stand bag with a rain cover. What?!? Doesn't every 3-year old need that? As you can see, he was VERY excited. He, daddy and uncle John have a tee time at a Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center at 10:30 this morning. Jim and Finn went early so they could go to the driving range and practice putting beforehand. I'm excited to hear how it went! Oh, and now Finn said that Korri can have his old plastic golf club set and he'll show her how to use them when she can walk! What a great big brother :)

Also, for the record, Korri needed a morning nap yesterday and today! I can't remember the last time she took a morning nap. Guess daycare did tire her out on Friday!

The four of us went to Benihana last night for a celebration dinner with Stacey, Dillon, Connie and Sam. Man, Finn LOVED it. Korri pretty much cried/whined the whole time, but Finn's reaction was classic. It is so fun to experience these things through the eyes of your child! And a very huge congratulations to Stacey. We are so proud of you and so happy to help celebrate last night!

Saturday, April 21

They (I) survived

The kiddos had their first day at daycare on Friday. It was so hard to have to wake them up at 7 since all three of us are used to waking up on our own internal alarms (who LIKES waking up sleeping children anyway?!?!). After some initial mis-communication about the time the center opens (their paperwork said 7, but they'd told me 7:30), Jim and I dropped the kids off. Finn was concerned about two things before we got there: 1. where he was going to nap 2. what his teacher's name was! We figured both of those things out and he was good to go. I swear, he is so adaptable.

We drop both kids off in the same room and then as more teachers arrive, they separate the older kids into their age-specific rooms. I really like this because that means Finn and Korri can play together for about an hour every morning (or at least BE together). I know it seems like a small thing, but it does bother me that they don't get to see much of each other during the day (I mean, they are used to spending 24/7 together!).

After filling out some paperwork and figuring out where their cubbies were and whatnot, we were ready to go. Well, it was time to leave, I don't know about being "ready." I didn't leave until 7:45 and was supposed to be at work by 8...and I made it to my desk by 8:08. Not too bad. I'm thinking future drop offs will be quicker and smoother. Korri started crying when I said goodbye, but she usual does, so I tried not to let it bother me.

To be honest, I thought about the kiddos all day. The teachers' said I could call any time to check on them or they would call me if I wanted them to...but I declined, as I know myself well enough to know it would just make me cry. I'd rather operate on the basis that no news is good news! Korri's take-home note said, "Korri had a great day. She had fun with musical instruments. We painted today and she may have some left over paint on her arm!" Sounds like a pretty good day to me. Oh, and both kids didn't poop at daycare, which they normally do before late afternoon. I guess they just wanted to save it for me ;)

Oh, while grandma was here, we found the Spock hat from Finn's first Halloween costume (yes, that was two and a half years ago) and it finally fit! So Jim tried to get him to do the "live long and prosper" salutation while wearing the hat. So funny!

On a work note, I actually started "doing" some things on Friday, so I feel like I actually contributed. I also remember how nice it is to get personal things organized and done as well (on lunch break, of course!). I'm so much more organized as a working mom than I was as a stay-at-home mom! Now I just need an elf to vacuum and do the dishes every night. Hmmm...

Wednesday, April 18

How quickly things change

Yes, I am now a full-time employee. It all happened so quickly, I didn't even have the chance to breathe, let alone tell many people. Today was my first day and while I am completely overwhelmed and exhausted, I am looking forward to what is to come. I am a Project Manager for Capella University on a contract basis through the end of the year and work out of the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. This position is to project manage about 450 courses that need to go through a series of steps to align scoring guide criterion to course competencies.

After five different visits, we finally decided on a daycare! It is 6 blocks from our house, which just has value to us that you can't put a monetary value on. We just decided that the kiddos' first day will be Friday. I know they will be fine, but I just have mixed feelings about it. They are my babies and it is far different to think of them at home playing with Grandma than at a center! I am really sad about what I/we had to give up by not being a stay-at-home mom any more, but it just all fell into place and we felt it was really meant to be. I am so thankful that my mom was able to come and stay with the kids today and tomorrow. I only wish she would move in and be our nanny. Any other takers? DeAnn?

Korri and Grandma cuddling on the couch!

Tuesday, April 3

In The Swim - Emma

My goddaughter, Emma, had a dance recital on Sunday, which, unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well enough to go to. Boo! But here is her dance/singing/acting performance. It MIGHT be the cutest thing I've ever seen. If you don't know Emma, she is the one in the middle with the purple stripes (once they take their coats off)! If she doesn't become an actress, I'll be shocked ;)

Sunday, April 1

They were awful

Ha, April fools! Actually, everybody LOVED the cupcakes I made for Laena and Braeland's birthday party yesterday. I have to say, they were pretty cute! Jim asked me if cupcakes were easier or harder than a cake. Hmmm...just different, I guess. The up side is you don't have to smooth out a whole cake but the down side is they take up a lot more room in the fridge (I was surprised by that). I will be up for doing them again for sure! Here are some pics, but I didn't get any with the birthday kids :(
All the animal faces in the shape of a "3."

Special zebra striped cupcakes for the two birthday kiddos.
Oh, and Finn and Jim had a blast at Chuck E Cheese's. Korri thought she was playing games, but really, she was just touching lights of anything that blinked. Finn so generously gave all the tickets he'd won to the birthday kids, which made me very proud of him (and thankful, since the last thing we need in our house is more junk!).