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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.

Tuesday, August 26

Korri's screening

So, Korri had her Early Childhood Screening last Tuesday (a little late in posting, I know!). This screening is a brief, simple procedure required by the state of MN prior to starting kindergarten. It is used to identify potential health or developmental problems in young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive child health and developmental outcomes.

The school contacted us mid-summer letting us know that Korri was eligible for the screening and when they were offering it. Finn did his screening twice due to his early start in life (once in NE Mpls at three and a half and a second time in Howard Lake this past spring). Since Korri went along to Finn's, she knew what to expect and was excited to go. Before we went, we talked about listening and thinking about answers and following directions. I needn't have worried.

Korri has never been evaluated for any of these things (well, except vision, obviously). You have to remember that Finn was constantly evaluated for every aspect of development and I always knew where his strengths were and where we needed to work. But I guess "normal" children don't have that luxury, so I was looking forward to seeing where Korri was developmentally (assuming she'd be smack dab in the middle at 50%).

We walked in and she pretty much owned the place. Everybody loved her and made her feel special the whole time she was there. They first measured her (40"; 75% and 40.5 lbs; 75%). She STILL has a high BMI, but the nurse was not concerned based on looking at her and her body type (compact, muscular bodies have high BMI's).

Then they did her hearing test. Her only resistance all day was that she told the tech she couldn't raise her arm when she heard a noise...but she eventually did. Not sure what that was about. She passed with flying colors. Because she already has glasses, they deferred to her specialist for that and didn't test her (which she was NOT happy about...because FINN got to do it! LOL).

Then they did her development testing. Again, I didn't know what to expect but I did NOT expect what happened! For Korri's age, she should have scored 14. She quickly and easily answered every single question correctly and scored a 24! I wonder how high she would have scored if they'd kept asking her harder questions. Honestly, I was SO proud of her. I always just assumed that Korri was average (what is wrong with being average? NOTHING!). But Jim has always told me, "she is smarter than you give her credit for." I guess daddy was right! Holy moly. I think it helps that she has an older brother (they even commented on things like how well she holds her pencil) but regardless, she can hold her own.

I have a feeling things might get interesting in the Thomas household during the school years but for now, I'm just basking in the warm mommy-pride at how well Korri did. I LOVED that she got to feel special and just mommy and her went (the boys stayed home). My little princess is growing up...quickly! Good job, Baby Grill!

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