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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.

Wednesday, October 31

Go the F**k to Sleep

Seriously, I love my daughter. She is so darn cute and spunky and you just want to squeeze her and kiss her all the time (which I do, often!). However, lately, I've just wanted to knock her unconscious at bedtime! Have you seen/read the book "Go the F**k to Sleep?" It has become a mantra at our house...maybe we need to get a copy. If I'm being totally honest, which I usually am, not only have we historically been extremely lucky with bedtime at our house (both kids go right to sleep), but I've been a little smug about it. Like, "what are all of you doing wrong that we do right?" Well, I'm getting mine in spades!

All of a sudden last week, Korri started refusing to go to sleep at night. Before, I'd sing one song, lay her down, leave her room and she would softly cry for 30 seconds before falling asleep. NOT ANY MORE! The first night this happened last week, she screamed bloody murder for an hour! I kept thinking she'd fall asleep. Eventually, I had to go in there and rock her and cuddle her and basically trick her into falling asleep. Now, every night, we have to read a book, rock in her chair, sing songs AND pat her back until she actually goes to sleep. And after sneaking out of her room, she usually wakes up within 10 minutes screaming again, before falling asleep for the night. It is exhausting and frustrating. We just don't get what changed or what she needs. We pushed her bedtime back to 8 pm, thinking we were putting her down when she wasn't tired yet. Last night, we even put her in Finn's room because we wondered if she doesn't like being alone?!?! It isn't because of the dark, because she does a mild version of it for nap on the weekends. Having her in Finn's room actually kind of worked, or at least, it took less time for her to fall asleep (Finn told me he sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to her!). Man, we are great parents...pushing off our responsibilitiesonto our three year old son to handle! We are desperate. Monday night, she was up until after MIDNIGHT and eventually, I just told Jim to leave her crying because nothing was working anyway and we needed sleep ourselves! We had to turn the fan up so we couldn't hear her as clearly, or I never would have slept. Jim did look in her mouth and her eye teeth are all coming in, so maybe that is it?!?! I don't know, but something's gotta give!

Finn has an appointment with the endocrinologist this morning to look at his overall growth/stature. It will be interesting to see what we find out. Oh, and Happy Halloween! Can't wait for trick-or-treating tonight!

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