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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, December 28

Merry Christmas?

Christmas was...interesting this year. It all started the Saturday before. Korri went to bed with a fever. No biggie. We just gave her some Tylenol and figured it was a little cold. I mean EVERYTHING was going around like crazy at school. Mac was up for two hours violently vomiting but had not other symptoms so the on-call doctor wasn't too concerned. He was fine within 24 hours (thank God!). We survived baby's first illness.

Back to Korri, her fever came and went on Sunday but she had developed this barking cough. Given both kids were sick at the same time, I decided I was going to bring them into to the doctor the next day (Monday). To be honest, I was far more worried about Mac than I was about Korri. Until she woke up Monday. Her cough had gotten so bad that she was having problems breathing in. Thankfully (have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE our clinic?!?!), we were able to get both kids in right away Monday morning.

The doctor looked Mac over and was very pleased with the progress he'd made and deemed him completely fine. Yay! He thought it was a gastro-bug that has been going around. Luckily(?) Mac got the hard fast 24 hour bug instead of the lingering week to two week one! Not the same with Korri. I think he immediately knew what it was, but was trying to be positive. He had her nose swabbed to test for influenza. He said it could take up to 15 minutes for the results. When he came back TWO minutes later, I knew it wasn't good news. No, Korri had influenza Type A. Crap. She was JUST outside the 36 hours window to receive Tami-flu, so she was given prednisone for her breathing and was told to take it easy. We asked a million questions about duration and contamination and felt confident at that point, that all would be well by Wed, in time to head to Oville for Christmas. The doctor said that if either of the boys came down with a fever, to come back in to get tested right away.

Well, that afternoon, I was napping with Mac and I received a phone call. From whom you ask? Yup, the school nurse! Finn had complained about not feeling well in the morning and he fever had progressed above 100 degrees. Great. And Jim was in Minnetonka with the van. Double Great. I called and got an appt for 4:30 and while Jim headed back immediately, it would still take him an hour to get back. I was so thankful that our friend Beth happened to be home and was able to run up to school to pick Finn up.

Jim brought Finn in and yup, influenza Type A. They put him on Tami-flu and decided to put Mac on a preventative dose since it was likely that he would get it as well. Tami-flu is in short supply and hard to find, but we were able to find some in Howard Lake, enough for Finn's prescription and half of Mac's. By Tuesday AM, Mac had a fever, so we upped his dosage to a treatment level. The doctor said there was no reason to bring him in to get tested.

So, three of three were sick with the flu ONE day before Christmas. Santa comes to our house on the Eve of Christmas Eve. We were still hopeful that we could go to Oville on Wed but we needed to be fever free to greatly decrease the risk of spreading it. We got up Wed and I think Finn was fever free, Mac had a low grade fever and Korri still had a fever. Argh! We kept taking temps throughout the day, but we just weren't recovering quickly enough. Jim finally called his parents in the afternoon to tell them the sad news. We were staying home in quarantine for Christmas.

There are many things to be thankful for. 1. Jim and I did NOT get sick. I don't know how, but we remained healthy. I was run down and exhausted, but that was probably from taking care of sick kids. 2. While all kids were sick, they weren't horribly ill and really weren't awful. It could have been SO much worse. 3. Because of the school break and us not going anywhere, it seems the pandemic that is the flu this year, is subsiding and we didn't spread it to any of our family members. 4. Because we switch celebrating on Christmas Eve each year with each of our families, we were still able to celebrate with my family today, Sunday (and we were healthy enough to go!).

So there you have it. The kids and I didn't leave the house from Monday to Saturday. To say that we had cabin fever is an understatement. Here's hoping that next year we are healthy enough to celebrate ON Christmas with all of our family! We hope you all had a wonderful and healthy Christmas!

Saturday, December 20


I feel accomplished. I only need to buy ONE gift (have to go to a specialty store in St. Paul, which I'm planning on doing Monday). I'm waiting for one gift to arrive (like I did with 90% of our gifts this year, I ordered it online). And I need to mail two gifts. Otherwise, ALL gifts are wrapped and under the tree!  Done? Obviously not quite, but I'm calling it. I can safely say, this is the earliest I've been done, probably ever (certainly since we've had kids). The only thing left is to "bedazzle" the gifts, which Jim does, so that isn't on my "to do" list. Sweet!! (I mean, who are we kidding...I'll help, of course!)

Oh, and I found a "how to" video that changed how I wrap presents to wrap odd shaped gifts. I only wish I'd found it before I was practically done wrapping this year! So, I LOVE wrapping presents...square box presents, that is. I HATE (with the fiery passion of a 1,000 suns) wrapping unboxed or weird or round or anything other than box shaped gifts. I mean, let's face the time you're done, it looks like your preschooler wrapped it and she probably would have done a better job!

Here is the video:

And here is my first attempt:

I think it looks pretty good if I say so myself...and I do! (Santa will get the wrapping credit for this one, but I'm perfectly okay with that). The hardest part is to figure out how much paper you need. Both times I had too much, but I guess that's better than not enough. You can thank me after you wrap your first odd shaped present this year and it looks like it was gift wrapped by a professional instead of a preschooler!

Oddly enough, we have NO plans for this entire weekend. You'd think this would be one of the busiest weekends. Love it. The only thing on our agenda is to decorate a gingerbread house and make birdseed ornaments for outside on the trees! Jealous? Oh and Korri and I might go get our nails done. I mean, girls gotta do, what girls gotta do!

Thursday, December 18

Fabulous Five

Mac turned "5" yesterday! Time is flying by and it is almost time for him to celebrate his first Christmas (although I'm sure he will "enjoy" it much more next year). At least this year he is not mobile yet.

5 Month Development:

Your baby now realizes where sounds come from, and he'll turn quickly toward a new one. One of the easiest ways to engage him is to jingle a set of keys. Wind chimes are great attention-getters, too. (Mac definitely does this and always wants to know what is making noise.)

Your baby may now be able to recognize his own name and understand that you're speaking to him when you say it. You may notice that your little one turns his head when you call him or talk about him with others.  (I don't know if he recognizes his own name or is just turning to the sound, since we don't call him "Mac" all that often.)

Your baby's beginning to get the joke — he'll laugh at funny expressions and try to make you laugh, too. Keep the laughter flowing with your silly faces! (He definitely "get the joke." He especially loves when Finn acts silly in front of him...hilarious to the both of them!)

Your baby's beginning to gauge where things are in space, and can plan an action, such as grabbing a pacifier. By simply dropping something and picking it up, your baby's learning that he can manipulate things with his hands and he's learning more details about how his toys work. He can make the rattle produce a sound, for instance, which teaches him cause and effect. Being able to grab things means he can engage more in play—whether by himself or with you. (Just recently he's started grabbing and holding on. I don't think he can purposefully make the rattle produce sound, but he's getting close).

Your baby will quickly learn to hug Mom, Dad and other people she's comfortable around—as well as her stuffed gorilla, the cat and anything else she adores—by watching others hug and getting hugged herself. Not all babies are wild about hugging, though. She might be more receptive to physical affection before naps, at bedtime or while you're looking at a book together.  (Mac likes a quick cuddle and often puts his head/cheek against mine...but don't try to cuddle or hug when he's tired...he'll have NONE of it!).

When you pulled your baby into a sitting position a few weeks back, her head lagged behind her arms and shoulders. Now, she can anticipate the direction you're pulling her, and her head will follow right along with the rest of her body. (He does this and is so strong. I keep doing it to test him and it impresses me that he can).

Your baby is adding new sounds to her language repertoire, and she may sound like a broken record. Babies this age often become so enthralled by a newfound ability that they get stuck on it for a while. (He talks and squeals a lot, often for long periods of time...I guess this explains that).

He has started rolling from tummy to back when propped  (thanks to his big head!), but he doesn't really seem too interested in it or know that HE is the one doing it. He definitely "plays" with his floor gym and is occupied for quite a while. His favorite is the jumper, which surprises me since the other two didn't really like it. He continues to take reflux medicine twice a day. He isn't gaining weight very fast (which isn't necessarily a concern as babies' weight gain slows at this age) but he is spitting up a lot again, too. We'll see. He nurses about 6 times per day. He has tried rice cereal but doesn't have it regularly yet (we need to work it into our schedule!). I'm hoping to get the steamer out and start trying some veggies this month.

Here are his monthly pictures:

Saturday, December 13

Holiday Train!

Today, we went to see the Holiday Train in Loretto. Thankfully the weather was unseasonably warm, but because of that, the turn out was HUGE (they estimated more than 10,000 people in a town whose population is less than 1,000!). Jim was traveling, so Memere was kind enough to come Friday night to stay over and go to the train with us today. I think it is safe to say that Jim would have hated it. It was very chaotic and WAY too many people.

BUT...the kids seemed to have a good time. As we were leaving I asked Finn if he had fun and if we should do it again next year. He responded, "Yes, mommy, we should do it every year!). There you go. Pam's and Sharon's met us there, so that made it really fun, too. Braeland, Laena, Finn and Korri even got to take a sleigh ride (two times in one year for my kids!). The reindeer were Donner and Blitzen...the same as the ones in Corcoran (or at least the same names, so the kids just knew it was the same ones).

I think if we go next year, we will probably skip all the "extra" stuff and go right up to the front of the train. Sharon knew people who live in Loretto so we were able to park in their driveway. As we were leaving, we saw people parked for at least a MILE outside of town. Crazy.

Saturday, December 6

Santa visit

For the second year in a row, we went to Corcoran to visit Santa. Kristine brings Zander every year so we thought we'd try it out last year. It is so well done and organized and is no cost (well, other than a food donation). So worth the (somewhat long) drive there.

With your food donation, you get a "ticket" for each child to put their name in a drawing to win "big" prizes. Finn won a huge HotWheels track last year, no such luck this year! Then you get a professional picture with Santa (again, for FREE!), a present that the child gets to pick, and cookies, treats and apple cider.

Jim was able to go with us this year. Since it seemed to be busier later last year, I wanted to get there right away. Well, THIS year, everybody decided to get there right when it opened, of course! So it was a little crowded, but it didn't take long to wait for Santa. The big kids knew what they wanted to ask Santa for (Finn asked for Transformers and Korri a My Little Pony...Mac just sat there). Finn picked a toy motorcycle for his present, Korri picked a Barbie and Mac "picked" a nerf football.

They had coloring sheets and crafts to do on the tables while you ate your treats and drank you cider. We stayed about 45 minutes. And then the best part...on our way out, the kids got to have a reindeer sleigh ride! By far, the best part of the day. Oh, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I think even Jim had a decent time, which is always saying something when there are lots of people and kids around. We will for sure be back.

This year, we ran into Kristine, Alex and Zander as we were headed out, but Kristine said Zander sat on Santa's lap, even if he wasn't super excited about it! Here are some pictures from the day:

Friday, December 5

Making noise

Baby Mac making LOTS of noise; keep in mind this is the THIRD video I took...all of him squealing like this:

(link fixed, I think)

From Videos

Thursday, December 4

Eye, eye, captain!

Just a quick update on Korri's eyes (I've been trying to write this post for days...argh!). She had an eye doctor appointment on Monday. I was not looking forward to the outcome, since at her last appointment, the doctor said her eyes were getting worse and would very well need to start patching again at her next appointment. Jim took her to the appt since it was super cold on Monday and we thought it best for Baby to stay warm at home. 

The short of it? Her eyes have actually improved...which means no need to patch! Thank goodness. They improved but not enough to need to change her prescription on her current glasses (unless they break, of course!). So, great news. She needs a re-check in 6 months, but that is pretty standard for her. Here's praying that her eyes continue on this path!

And a post wouldn't be complete without a cute picture:

Sunday, November 30

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkeys to yours!

We definitely had a good Thanksgiving holiday. It started out last Saturday at my aunt Vicky's for my dad's family Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration. I'm so glad we were able to go. We ended up staying in town over night because we stayed later than planned and daddy wasn't in any condition to drive and mommy was too tired! Oh, well. The kids liked the little adventure.

Then we had my sisters, their families and my mom over on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is Jim's favorite holiday and he goes ALL out! There were 15 of us and he made three turkeys: oven roasted (brined first), rotisserie and deep fried (the last two were injected with creole butter!). They were super yummy. We ate later in the day to accommodate nap time. The only downside? Not having enough time between eating the meal and dessert time!

Then yesterday we headed over to DeAnn's for the Thomas Thanksgiving. She went all out, as usual and it was fabulous. The kids just LOVE it at her house. Mac had a tough day (I think it was tummy issues), but thankfully Memere took care of him most of the day for me, which was much appreciated (DeAnn wasn't feeling 100% so I'm sure it killed her to not get her share of Mac time). We were sad to miss the Smith gathering at my aunt Karen's but unfortunately we can't be in two places at once.

We got home last night, the kids watched the end of the Gopher football game with Jim (tough loss!) while I finished cleaning up the kitchen from Thursday (yes, a little delayed, I know!). Then Jim got out the karaoke and we sang for a LONG time. We all loved that, even Mac, who chose to sing along to a few songs!

We hope that all of you had just as wonderful of a holiday as we did, surrounded by those you cherish most. Now, on to the Christmas season (my favorite!). For the first time in years, I didn't go out on Black Friday. So many of the deals were online with free shipping and to be honest, I was underwhelmed with the deals this year at most stores. And, I've been shopping for a month or two, so I don't have that much left! Sweet. Now I can just enjoy all the Christmas activities.

Tuesday, November 25

Solids, Baby!

As mentioned in the previous post, we were cleared to start solid foods with Mac. Jim has been looking forward to this since Mac is breastfed and Jim can't really participate in feeding him at all. So after the doctor appointment, we picked up some rice cereal and spoons. I didn't really know what to expect other than Baby took to the nipple immediately the first time he had a bottle, so I thought he might figure it out fairly quickly.

Is "snarf" a word? If so, he surpassed my expectations and snarfed down a whole bowl! He LOVED it and was not happy when the bowl was gone. I was then able to nurse him and he ate a full feeding there, too. Little piggy!

Jim started out with it pretty watery and it was a mess. He then thickened it up a bit and that was the trick. Baby swallowed it right down, almost as if he knew he didn't want to waste any! Korri loved the whole process and of course, wanted to participate and feed him herself. Finn couldn't have cared less, other than he wanted us to be done so he could have a snack.

We asked how to proceed and what to avoid...and I'm glad we did. In the three-ish years since Korri started solids, the "rules" have changed! Basically, you can start with any solid foods (you used to "have" to start with rice cereal) even meats, eggs, fish and peanuts! The only thing you have to avoid is honey and pure maple syrup because of the spores they can carry. I can remember that. The sheet recommended one feeding per day to start with and doing that at dinner time so baby starts to understand "meal time" ritual. I don't know how much he'll understand about that, but I know he'll like to have something to do during dinner instead of just sitting in the high chair, looking at us.

She basically said to have at it and said that by his 6 month well child, we can have introduced any and all solid foods (finger foods wait until closer to 9 months). I better find the steamer and get the food processor ready for baby food! I haven't made it in a while.

Here are some pictures from the event:
Let's get started.

This "eating" thing is weird, but I sure like it!

Daddy is going for the quick way.

Spitting a little out, but it went right back in.

Big sister giving it a try.

What? Gone? You've got to be kidding me.

Four Month Well Child

Today we had Mac's 4 month well child doctor appointment. Basically, the doctor said he is a super healthy baby! Yeah. I LOVE hearing that and never take it for granted. Here are his stats:

Height: 25.5" or 60%
Weight: 15 lbs 11 oz or 52%
Head: 44 cm or 96%

No, the head percentile is NOT a typo. His head is in the 96th percentile! She obviously isn't concerned about it and said if you have to have a big head or a small is definitely better to have a big head. So, there you go.

I was most surprised by his weight. Jim thought he'd be around 19 lbs and I thought 17.5 lbs. We were surprised (and I was slightly concerned, because that is how I am!) that he'd gained so little. We talked about it with the doctor and again, she is not concerned. Based on his ques, she feels he is getting enough breast milk so it isn't a supply issue. She thinks he might just grow in big spurts and he is not on a spurt right now. She also thinks he reflux probably contributes to him not getting quite as much milk, but feels that too is under control. So, no concerns. And for the record, I don't think I've EVER had a "normal" baby where their weight and height were both so close to 50%, so I'll take it.

He had three shots today, poor guy! But he did great. He cried right away, but not for long. And then he got to eat, so he forgot all about his legs! Although, the first thing Korri wanted to see when she got home from preschool was Baby's band-aids. Too funny. She did say the tetanus would be pretty sore, so I gave him Tylenol when we got home to help with that. And he hasn't been any extra fussy tonight that I could tell.

We talked about a lot of things, but nothing that was overly concerning. She said she sees NO signs of torticollis based on his range of motion and head shape. I was very glad to hear that. I mentioned that not only doesn't he roll over but seems to have no interest in it. She also said it is normal for a baby not to be rolling over yet and it is sometimes closer to 6 months, especially now days that babies' sleep on their backs. For the record, I'm fine with him NOT rolling over (as long as it isn't due to development delays!). A stationary baby is an easy baby to find.

Mac has dry patches on his skin and she said that is super normal this time of year. She just recommended to only wash him with soap once per week and lotion him up. Hopefully that will help and he doesn't develop skin issues like Korri's. I mentioned that his tear duct seems to be all cleared up and she said that we won't really know for sure until he has his first good cold...but I'm happy to not be cleaning junk out of it constantly.

While she said that he is exhibiting "teething behavior" that he most likely won't get teeth for several months. Oh, don't I know it. I've always said that teething and potty training are the hardest jobs of parenting young children. We'll just stick to low doses of Tylenol (now that I know what dosage he should be having!).

Oh, and the doctor gave the go ahead to start solids! More on that in another post. Cliff's notes: we did and he liked it! In reading through the informational handout, a lot has changed as far as recommendations for solid foods even since Korri was a baby THREE years ago! Crazy.

And because you know I hate a post without a picture, In the information handout it mentioned to watch out for baby grabbing things such as glasses...and so it begins (this was last night!):

Friday, November 21

Prima ballerina

Okay, Prima Ballerina she may not be (yet!), but I challenge anybody to NOT find this adorable (Korri is in the purple tutu):

Last night, they let the parents come in for the last couple minutes of dance class. I am amazed at what they have learned in only a few weeks and only 30 minutes for each class. I honestly can't wait to go to her recital in May. I'm probably going to burst open from smiling and laughing too much!

Jim reprimanded me for taking a verticle video. Sorry; but I only wanted to focus on Korri and if I did horizontal, it would have been the whole class. Deal.

Thursday, November 20

I luv my mom

We had our first Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms at school this morning. We had to be there at 7:30am...holy early! All five of us went together. I didn't know what to expect other than I was expecting complete chaos. But other than being very crowded, it wasn't too bad!

We got there and put both kids winter stuff in their lockers. Korri went with us until her preschool started. Then we went back to the lunch room area and got in line. Jim took Baby in the carseat to get us a seat and to not have to lug the carseat around. I took both kids to get their muffin or donuts (apparently dads don't have to only have donuts and moms don't have to only have!). We sat down at the table and I noticed there were hand colored place mats.

We settled in and then Finn said that the place mat at my place was the one he did. I looked at it and this is what I saw:

I don't think it gets any sweeter than that. Talk about melting my heart. There are so many things I love about this. Obviously the message, but also his writing, his ability to write a sentence and even the misspelling. I will cherish this forever (I left it there but probably should have stolen it! A picture will have to do).

We struggle with parenting Finn and his attitude a lot (I received my first phone call from his teacher the day before and wasn't feeling too good about a lot of things). I feel like I do nothing right most of the time and I'm pretty sure I yell more than I speak normally. But then I see something like this and it gives me hope that he doesn't hold it against me and loves me so much. I'm not perfect but maybe I'm the perfect parent for him. I needed this pick me up and reminder.

After breakfast, Korri went to her class and we went to Finn's room to have some Free Choice time. After that, we went to an assembly on "teasing." They had different animals and the messages was really good. I'm really glad we went. I never knew how much work parenting a school-aged child would be (homework, conferences, phone calls, volunteering, field trips, etc), but man, I love all of it, too. Here's to many more muffins and donuts together!

Big boy in a big bed

I don't remember the last time I was so excited to do a post! Especially about something seemingly so small. BUT...Baby slept all night in his CRIB last night. Yes, for the first time ever. He did wake up at 3am, which he normally doesn't until later, but I just fed him and he went right back to sleep. I didn't even dare tell Jim where Baby was sleeping until the morning in case I jinx it. I've been thinking about it for a while and knew it was something we were going to have to make the switch to at some point. So last night, I just got the urge to put him in a swaddle and try it (part of the reason I've been putting off is because of his really strong startle reflex, hence the swaddle). I guess I realized that if it didn't go well, I could always put him back in the swing for the rest of the night and I wouldn't be out too much, other than a little time, sleep and frustration, but what mom can't handle that?!?!

I'm really proud of myself for one reason: these are the things that Jim usually does. I'm all about the status quo and if it ain't broke, I sure as heck ain't going to fix it! I always assume my kids can't do whatever challenge/change we come to and Jim assumes they can. I guess that is why having a partner is so nice (oh, and misery loves company, but I digress)! Maybe it was the looming well-child appt next week or maybe it was divine intervention...whatever it was, I feel really good about doing it. It felt so good to lay him down in his CRIB! I, of course, had to take a picture this morning to document the success:

Now, mentioning it here, I have probably jinxed it, but we at least had one good night, of hopefully what is many to come.

Monday, November 17

Fantastic Four

Mac is 4 months old today. He is such a joy and nothing brings me more happiness than him laughing or coo-ing, which he does a lot during the day. He has his 4 month well-child appt next week, so his stats will be coming then. They say that by month 4, babies usually have doubled their birth weight. If that is true, Mac weighs 17lbs 10oz. I bet he is close but we'll have to wait to see for sure. Finn weighed EXACTLY that the day he turned ONE YEAR OLD! Ha, I'll take a big, healthy baby any day.

Fourth Month Baby Milestones:

  • Slow in weight gain to about 20 grams per day
  • Double the birth weight (we will see next week!)
  • Have almost no head droop while in a sitting position (He still has some, but his head is HUGE)
  • Be able to sit straight if propped up (if supported, yes)
  • Raise head 90 degrees when placed on stomach (Yes, but hard to hold it there)
  • Be able to roll from front to back (he has but it was accidental, not even close)
  • Hold and let go of an object (yes, mainly lets it go right away)
  • Play with rattle when it's placed in the hands, but won't be able to pick it up if dropped (doesn't hold on for very long, though)
  • Be able to grasp rattle with both hands (I don't know, but I don't think so)
  • Be able to place objects in mouth (his hands, yes, but I don't know about anything else)
  • Sleep 9 to 10 hours at night with two naps (total of 14 - 16 hours per day) (definitely sleeps that much at night, but doesn't have a "nap" schedule yet. He kind of cat naps all day)
A 4-month-old baby is expected to:
  • Have well-established close vision (I feel like he can see so much more now)
  • Increase eye contact with parents and others (yes, I was slightly worried because he wasn't making much eye contact but that has increased recently)
  • Have beginning hand-eye coordination (he can get his hand in his mouth and occasionally connects with toys when swatting at them)
  • Be able to coo (yes, does it a lot during the day and I LOVE it!)
  • Be able to laugh out loud (yes, so cute)
  • Anticipate feeding when able to see a bottle (if bottle-fed) (he isn't bottle-fed but he does start licking his lips when I get ready to feed him.)
  • Begin to show memory (hmmm...not sure how this would manifest)
  • Demand attention by fussing (yes, but is usually easily calmed if attention is paid!)
  • Recognize parent voice or touch (yes, for sure)
He started teething about a week or two ago. We give him low doses of Tylenol when needed (or when we anticipate they are going to bother him) and the Orajel gel swabs. The evenings seem to be the worst for him, but it might be exacerbated by the fact that he is tired. His plugged tear duct cleared up on its own a few weeks ago. So happy not to have to constantly clean eye goop any more.

We don't do a lot of tummy time but he tolerates it pretty well when we do. While he has rolled over from front to back at least twice, he isn't really interested yet. He loves to lay on his back and play with his jungle gym play mat. He also loves to play in his jumper, which I like because he is completely upright in there (don't have to worry about the flat head!). The other two kids didn't really like the jumper very much, so I'm glad he does, even if his feet still can't reach the ground! That is what boxes are for. The bouncy seat continues to be a life saver. He will almost always go in there if I need my hands free for something. And he has figured out how to move the toys so they go (there is a setting where the music turns off if the baby doesn't move the toys). I use the high chair in the kitchen a lot. He doesn't eat food yet so it is just used as a holding place for him but he likes to be in the center of the action instead of stuck in the living room by himself.

He will start smiling just by me looking at him and smiling. He doesn't work up to a full belly laugh often but he often looks like he is trying to. He says what sounds like "hi" a lot and likes when we repeat it to him. Finn SWEARS Mac said "Momma" the other day (I'm sure he didn't but I'll take it!). The Bigs like to play the repeat game with him on sounds he is making, which is great for him to hear.

Nicknames: Baby, Bubsy, Bubsy Boo, Mac-a-doodle, Mac Attack, MJT-pronounced "midget" (that's all I can think of now)

He still loves his pacifier. He doesn't need it all the time (thankfully) but the second he gets it, he calms down and usually goes to sleep. My other two never could keep it in their mouths (too weak of suck), so this is fabulous. And since we have the clip to keep it attached to what he is wearing, we don't lose it! He is breast-feeding about 5 times per day. The length for each feeding varies greatly (which always worries me with all my insecurities) but he seems to be growing just fine (again, will find out more next week).

He goes to sleep for the night usually around 9 or 9:30 (depending on the night, sometimes closer to 11 or 11:30!). He then sleeps soundly for 8-11 hours! If he wakes up before 7 to eat, he goes immediately back to sleep and sleeps for another 3-4 hours. Sometimes, if it is after 7, he thinks he needs to stay awake but he is pretty tired and usually goes back to sleep within the hour. I'm looking forward to when he has a nap schedule as he just naps on and off all day. BUT he will still sleep anywhere, which is super convenient if we are out and about. He sleeps in his swing at night for his reflux but also because I'm scared to try the crib now, especially since the swing works so well. I mean, why fix what isn't broke?!?! We will discuss with the doctor I'm sure at his well-child, since at his two month well-child, she mentioned something about him needing to sleep in his crib eventually.

Monthly pics:

Saturday, November 15

G to the B in '14

Ha, I stole the title from Stacey, but I don't think she will sue me over it! On Friday night, DeAnn, Stacey and I went to the Garth Brooks concert at the Target Center...and it was phenomenal. I saw him last time he was in town in 1998 and it was everything I remembered and more. I didn't pull out my CDs before going, at the beginning of almost every song, we were like, "Oh, THIS is my favorite!"

Stacey dropped D off at our house (yes, Daddy Daycare was full with FOUR kids for the night!) and then we met DeAnn in SLP before heading downtown. Traffic was awful, but we didn't have too far to go. Once there, the walk from the parking ramp was frigid but I barely noticed because I was SO excited.

I can not believe how many people were there and this was only one of ELEVEN shows he did! There is nobody else like him. Can you imagine another artist taking a FIFTEEN year break from music, announce a comeback tour and sell out ELEVEN shows in one venue? Crazy. They said he sold over 200,000 tickets, which was a record for him and the Target Center, smashing his previous record of 162,000, which happened to be the last time he was in town. Again, crazy!

It was so good to get out and just have fun. I always worry about leaving baby for so long (I think it was right around 6 hours), but he takes a bottle without any problems, so I need not worry. I even had a drink while there and it was fabulous! Oh and the cup was in the shape of a guitar, so I had to bring that home for the Bigs.

If you didn't go, I highly recommend it next time he is in town. And hopefully it won't be another 15 years before he comes back...but with those numbers, I don't think that will be a problem! Thank you DeAnn and Stacey for making it such a great night. I loved spending girl time with you and sharing one of my favorite artists together. And for the record, The River is my favorite Garth song, but there are about 10 tied for second!

Some pics from the night:

DeAnn gave me these boots and I FINALLY got to wear them to a concert. I had happy feet the whole time!

Friday, October 31

Happy Halloween from Spidey, Princess and Viking

We had a blast on Halloween! I lost my camera, which is why I'm just posting this now (and back-dating to Halloween!). I had gotten Finn's Spiderman costume last year, but at the last minute, he decided to go as a Vikings football player, which turned out well because the costume was still too big this year! Oops. Toddler costumes were too small and "Boys" sizes were too big. So, what 'er ya gonna do?!?! Maybe he will wear it next year again! After months of convincing, Korri went as a Flower Girl Princess. What is a Flower Girl Princess you ask? A princess dressed up in her flower girl dress from her auntie's wedding last spring!! I figured why should I buy her a costume, when she has this gorgeous dress that still fits her (even with enough room to put a sweater underneath!). But we added accessories and a crown, so she was a princess, too! She looks adorbs, so that's all that matters. I randomly found Baby's costume online and while I would have been fine using one of the many baby costumes we have, it was too perfect: A Viking! His, too, was too big, but I knew I'd need to put layers underneath and I didn't know if it would run small or not. Oh, well. He, too, was a adorbs!

Stacey and Dillon (aka an Outsider, I think!) came over to go trick-or-treating with us. I'm so glad they did. Jim was able to stay home and do his favorite part of Halloween: hand out candy (which happens to be my least favorite part of Halloween!). We handed out glow sticks and full-sized candy bars this year because otherwise Jim gives handfuls of the "fun size" to each kid and we go through WAY more that way. We stopped and picked up Max and his dad on our way by so we were one big happy trick-or-treating gang. After three houses, Korri asked if we could be done because she already got some candy! Oh, I wish, baby girl, but the boys wanted to go to a lot of houses. Last year we just went up and down our street but this year, we even ventured to the other neighborhood. Thankfully, the weather wasn't too cold. It was a great Halloween.

Lots of pictures on our picture website, but here are some highlights;