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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.

Tuesday, July 31

One and a half!

Korri "turned" one and a half yesterday. Crazy. It feels like she has always been with us as part of our family. And it is true, things go much faster with the second one! Korri's 18-month check-in:

-Her separation anxiety seems to be going away. She still prefers mom (or dad), but is more adventurous. She is Little Ms. Independent one minute and clingy the next.

-One of her favorite words is "mine" which is better than "no." I'm waiting/dreading that. Although last night, I'm pretty sure the ONLY word she said was "no." Uh, oh!

-She shows a lot of interest in the potty chair and toilet and will sit on it with or without clothes. She has yet to go on it but last night, she even "pushed" while she was sitting. I have no hopes that she'll be trained soon, but I sure hope it will be sooner than Finn was.

-She spends a lot of time putting things in and taking them out and loves puzzles, too bad ours are missing lots of pieces. She loves things with buttons, too, that light up or make noise when you push them. She "reads" books by herself but LOVES reading books with an adult, even more than Finn did.

-She copies (or tries to copy) everything Finn does. It is cute, but as to be expected, annoys Finn often. She easily gets frustrated when she isn't able to do what she wants.

-While she is strong willed, she is a good listener! If I tell her to bring me her shoes...she does! What a novel concept (apparently 3 year olds lose this ability!). If we tell her to sit (like in the bath tub), she does! I almost don't expect her to listen, so I'm glad we still encourage her to.

-We just started trying to encourage her to stop sucking her thumb in public. This is going to be a HUGE task since she does it almost constantly, at least when she isn't playing.

-Her vocabulary and understanding is amazing. But this, too, frustrates her when we don't understand. If I could only figure out one specific word/phrase that she says all the time, life would be so much easier! The frustration usually leads to hitting, but she knows she isn't supposed to, so it is hesitant hitting and then HUGE tears when you get mad at her (because she KNEW better!). So smart and so naughty!!

-She can point to all of her basic body parts, so now we are working on the axillary ones, like knees, elbow, etc.

-I THINK she has 13 teeth, all eight of her front, her 4 molars and one canine just popped through, which she has been working on for a couple weeks. She may have one more, but I wasn't willing to risk losing an appendage to find out!

Did I forget anything? The kiddos have their well-child appts this evening, so I'll be sure to update tomorrow with results. I don't expect any issues, but you just never know with kids!

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