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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, July 23

Mac's Doctor Visit

Mac had his first non-well doctor visit this morning. I noticed last night that he had greenish/yellowish/brownish snot coming out of his nose and green gunk in his left eye. He still ate decently overnight but was taking longer breaks between sucks, probably to accommodate the congestion. And this morning didn't seem too interested in eating at all.

However, all is well! The doctor thinks his eye is because of a plugged tear duct, which the nurses at the hospital said that as well. He gave us a prescription to put in Mac's eye when it gets gunky but it is something that he might have to "deal with" for several months and sometimes up to a year. I am to massage the inside of the eye socket near his nose, too, when it is gunky, as that might help loosen it up.

As for his nose, probably related to the drainage (or lack thereof) of his eye. It could also be a symptom of a little cold (since three people in our house have colds). I just have to sucker his nose before feedings and that should help, which I'm already doing.

So, overall not a big deal. I just figured I'd better call since he is SO young. He weighed in at a whopping 8 lbs 12.5 oz...1 oz shy of his birth weight, which he is "supposed" to be back to by one week, which is tomorrow! I can't believe it. It is such a blessing to have a good eater. I hope it continues. The doctor thinks his belly button nubbin will fall off today or tomorrow. Yay! But we should continue to put Vaseline on his circumcision site until his two week well child appt next week. He also thinks his bilirubin levels have probably improved since his appt on Monday! Another yay!

One week tomorrow? Wow.

And because we have two other adorable children in our family, big siblings playing in the new pool daddy got for them!

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