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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.

Friday, September 19

All is good

Mac's 2 month well-child appointment could not have gone better. He weighed 13 lbs 3 oz, which is the 76% and was 23" long, which is the 52%. His head was the 92%...which you can tell by looking at him that he has a big head!

The doctor said that he should be eating between 5 and 8 times a day. He eats between 8 and 10, which probably explains his weight gain! At least it reassures me that he is getting enough and that he doesn't need to eat every time he fusses. She was 100% happy with his stats.

She was happy to hear that upping his reflux meds seems to be helping. So she gave me refills and let me know how often to keep upping it to stay on top of it. Glad she is so proactive and trusts that I can follow instructions (instead of requiring me to come in for a visit and spend another copay every three weeks!).

We talked about Mac's tendency to look to the right and tilt his head to the left. She examined him and while he showed right rotation preference, he could fairly easily look to the left without help. So she wasn't concerned about that. His tilt is much more prominent but she was able to stretch out his neck muscles against the tilt, so she isn't overly concerned and thinks he will out grow it without getting Torticollis. She is very happy with the shape of his head, which is usually one of the first indicators there is a problem.

Mac has two "stork bites;" one on his forehead between his eyes and one on the back of his head, near the base of his neck. A stork bite has to do with the dilation of certain blood vessels and appears reddish/pink. She assured me that they are usually temporary and will slowly fade. I feel like the one on his forehead is already lighter than it was.

Poor little buddy had THREE vaccine shots today and one oral one. He did well, but it broke my heart to hear him crying in pain. I fed him right after and that calmed him down. The best part of the visit for me? Finding out he can now have Tylenol! Don't get me wrong, I'm not a crazy Tylenol wielding parent or anything, but it sure is nice to be able to give it, if nothing else works. It definitely helped this afternoon. The doctor also recommended a warm bath to soak his legs in, so I guess tonight is bath night for Baby! I read through all the vaccine handouts and it looks like his 4 month well-child will have about just as many. Maybe daddy can come to that appointment...it seems he usually misses the ones with the shots. Hmmm...

Tuckered out after his shots:

I was happy to see on the handout that while they stated it is required to be rear-facing in a car seat until 20 pounds and 1 year of age, it also stated that the AAP strongly recommends until the age of 2! Nothing about extended rear-facing, but I was happy to see the new recommendations in print.

After the appointment, the three of us went to Dairy Queen. Korri wanted a root beer float but when I said I was having a pumpkin pie blizzard, she quickly changed her mind. For somebody who doesn't like pumpkin pie, I sure do LOVE the pumpkin pie blizzard. Go figure! Do you think Korri liked it too?

Yesterday was a crazy busy day. It was cleaning day in the AM, which is a HUGE blessing, but does require a lot of work to get the house ready for cleaning (ironically). Mac and I had our first Baby ECFE class in the AM. Korri had Open House for her Dance Class in Winsted at 5:30 and Finn had Cub Scout registration in Waverly at 7pm. Nothing like feeling like you accomplished a lot!

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