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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, January 14

Two thumbs up

Our first swim class at Brooklyn Center Community Center had mixed reviews. I thought it was great. I really like the facility and the pool is huge. It seriously is 10 minutes from our house! Korri's class is WAY smaller than our previous classes (6 are signed up compared to 12-15!). While the pool isn't heated per se, I didn't think it was THAT cold. Not sure if it was due to my optimistic nature, being distracted by an almost 2 year old or the fact that the air temp seemed colder...and therefore the water would seem warmer! Temperature is so tricky and relative. The locker rooms are a lot bigger. Overall, it takes me a bit to be open to new things, but I think this is going to be good. And the fact that these lessons are almost half the cost of our prior ones...helps me adjust, too!

Now, apparently Finn's experience was a lot different. Jim opted to not go in with Korri and me because he still wasn't feeling very well. So he stayed with Finn, which ended up probably being a good thing. This was Finn's first swim class sans parent EVER and it was at a completely new location. So, Jim said Finn cried for the first half of class and Jim needed to hold his hand! I saw Finn when his class moved over to the big pool (there is a kiddie pool next to the big pool where Finn started out), Finn was smiling, but holding onto his teacher. Maybe he is more familiar with the big pool since that is what we've done prior. Who knows?!?! I'm optimistic that Finn will have a better time this week as he warms up to the new environment.

That afternoon, Stacey and Dillon came over to watch the kiddos for an overnight so Jim and I could go out for my birthday to see Bye Bye Birdie at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. She emailed pictures throughout the night and fun was had by all! Dinner and the show were amazing. Although, if I had to pick, I liked Oklahoma better than Bye Bye Birdie, but it was still good. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites next to the theater, which was very convenient. Thank you Stacey and Dillon for watching the kids and thank you Jim for organizing a wonderful night out! Their next show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coats, which Jim has already seen, but we REALLY want to go see it.

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