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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 29

Smart and Loving

Where to do I start? I'll start with Korri's conferences on Friday. Basically, Korri's teacher couldn't say enough good things about her! Yes, the same child that we had to go in and meet with the teacher and program coordinator to figure out how to handle only a few months ago! I guess everything does change every few months. Right now, Korri is the oldest child in the Young Toddler room but we will start the transition to the Older Toddler room today. I'm happy because I think this change will help Korri's speech, vocabulary and social skills, but she is my baby and I always have a hard time with change...especially because both Korri and I LOVE her current teacher, Miss Ashley.

Korri basically passed 16-24 month progress report except she still needs to work on identifying and dealing with feelings and emotions (I think this will probably be a life-long struggle for her). They said she only sometimes walked backward or sideways but she does it at home, so no concern. She has established her right hand as her preference and often asks for help getting her socks and shoes on (at home she refuses help and has to do it myself!). I told her teacher to feel free to "strongly encourage" Korri to put her own things on since we know that she CAN.

On the 24-36 month report, she has lots to work on, as should be expected. In addition to needing to better verbalize her feelings and emotions, she needs a little work on taking turns and sharing. She can throw and kick a ball, but had a hard time bouncing it and didn't stand on one foot. She understood all direction words except behind and has started to classify and label objects (i.e. put all the red bears on a pile). She is saying 100+ words (that are intelligible, I assume) and speaks in 3-4 word sentences.

The teachers written recap: Korri is a very smart and loving girl. She is becoming a very good helper and role model! Korri loves participating in teacher-directed activities. Korri si becoming more social with her peers as well. We will continue working w/ Korri on sharing and expressing her feelings appropriately.

Ashley said that Korri is doing great with potty training and only has accidents every so often and will tell them when she has to go instead of waiting until she is asked. She is very nurturing and often helps the youngest two kids in the class by helping them put their clothes on for outside or holding their hand when they walk through the halls! So sweet. And while Korri need to work on her control of her emotions, Ashley has seen a huge improvement with Korri's ability to stop and think about her reaction/actions instead of just reacting and hitting, biting or taking things.

Overall, a wonderful conference. I'm sad to see her leave Ashley's room but like I said, excited to see her in the room with older kids. The teacher in that room was the infant room "teacher" when Korri started, so I think Korri has a special place in her heart. Korri will still get to see and play with Ashley because their afternoon activities are often combined.

Now I need to upload pictures from our March for Babies walk and find Finn's conference report recap and I'll post those!

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