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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.

Sunday, May 5

Potty time

Finn burst into my bedroom this morning to tell me that his overnight diaper was DRY! This is a first for him and he was SO proud of himself. He was also excited because we've had a standing deal with him that if he is dry for 24 hours (that means one nap and one overnight), he can go to Chuck E Cheese's or Choo Choo Bob's! And yes, something flipped and he has been dry for nap over a week! This is HUGE and we are so proud of him. He really is stubborn and too smart for his own good. I have a strong feeling that he has been able to hold it overnight for a while but since he had a diaper on, it was just easier to go in the diaper than to get up and go potty. But now, just like when he day-time potty trained, he just changed his mind and that was that! On a sad note, we did NOT get to go to Choo Choo Bob's today (he picked that over Chuck E Cheese's). We had WAY too much to do around the house and the PODS are being picked up tomorrow, so we HAD to get them filled today. He was a super good sport about it, with the promise that we will go Monday or Wednesday night instead. When he went to bed tonight, I asked if he was going to have a dry diaper again and he said, "YES!"

Korri, on the other hand, seems to have taken a slight step back. She does amazing at daycare because they have all the kids go very often (one day I counted on her daily note and it was SEVEN times!). And, maybe the bigger deal, is she doesn't have a choice. All the kids go. End of story. But when we are home, I ask if she has to go and she almost always says, "no" and refuses to sit down (sometimes reverse psychology works). She had four accidents this weekend and before this weekend, I couldn't remember the last accident she had. I try so hard not to shame her or make her feel bad but I have a really hard time with it when I literally JUST asked her if she had to go, she says "no" and pees in her pants less than five minutes later. I guess I just need to be firm and TELL her to go potty instead of asking and then follow up on that. Oh, my strong-willed and spirited baby girl!! I do have to admit, after her first accident today, she took care of it all by herself (with my instructions): she took off her wet clothes and threw them downstairs, went upstairs and got clean unders and pants (they were pajama bottoms, but pants nonetheless!) and put them all on by herself! Pretty impressive, I think!

For those wondering: all three PODS are filled to an inch of their life due to Jim's meticulous packing ability. A HUGE thank you to each one of you who helped us get organized and packed up. We could and would not have done it without your help. Now to get the inside of the house in order (with what is left!).

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