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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.

Thursday, September 18

He turns two!

Mac was 2 months old yesterday! It is so weird because I can't believe two months has already gone by but on the other hand, it feels like he has been part of our family forever. I guess that is a good thing. Here is a list of developmental milestones that most children can do by the end of 2 months (so Mac might be working on them this month).

Social and Emotional:
Begins to smile at people (Mac smiles a lot, sometimes at people but usually at the ceiling fan and his Goldy mobile)
Can briefly calm himself - may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand (maybe, easily calmed when picked up, though)
Tries to look at parent (he has started looking at mommy when I talk to him, even if not right next to him)

Coos, makes gurgling sounds (Yes, and I LOVE listening to him)
Turns head toward sounds (I think so, unless he is having a "conversation" with the ceiling fan!)

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving):
Pays attention to faces (sometimes does and sometime doesn't)
Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance (follows things, yes; recognize people, I don't think so)
Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn't change (I don't think so, he usually fusses when he is tired or hungry)

Movement/Physical Development:
Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy (Yes, doctor impressed with his head strength!)
Makes smoother movements with arms and legs (still pretty jerky)

Mac slept six consecutive hours last night for the first time! You better believe momma was ready for him to wake up, if you know what I mean! As a whole, he is a pretty good sleeper. He typically sleeps between 3 and 4 hours at a time at night, which I think is pretty good considering how young he is. He sleeps on and off all day, "napping" schedule yet.

We took Mac into the doctor last Friday. All week he was extra fussy, was spitting up a lot, seemed to be in pain and was hard to console. He was a whopping 12 lbs 10 ounces!! The doctor upped his reflux medicine, since she thinks he out grew the amount we had been giving him. She said if that didn't help, so call her on Monday and she would switch his meds to a different kind. But he really did seem better, so I figured I'd just wait to talk to her at his well child tomorrow. I also am giving the meds to him more often throughout the day, so I think that is helping to (so they don't wear off). The amount of spit up has dropped drastically as well. Oh, and he is eating closer to every 3 hours during the day, which is WAY better than every hour and a half to two hours he had been doing! He is still a super gassy baby and strains often but I'm hoping he out grows that (and soon!).

Mac has started smiling, laughing and coo-ing. I joke that his best friend is the ceiling fan because he can smile and laugh at that thing for a long time! I caught him having a hilarious conversation with Goldy (his mobile on his crib) the other day. I don't know what they were "talking" about, but Mac sure thought it was funny! If you can get his attention, he will smile at you, but he is usually too busy looking around.

Jim has been gone this week...the first time for a long stretch since Mac was born. I've been very lucky that he hasn't had to travel much up to this point, but I was still nervous for him to leave. Overall, it hasn't been too bad. We've been busy, which actually make it easier, I think (the kids have less time to get bored and fight!). The kids also got used to him always being around so him being gone has been hard on them, especially Finn. Jim gets back tomorrow and all four of us can't wait!

Oh and we had to get a pacifier clip; something I've never had to buy or use before! Both Finn and Korri were serious thumb suckers but other than a couple accidental incidences, Mac hasn't really found his thumb or fingers...or he just isn't going to be a thumb sucker, which is what I think is the case. So weird!! He doesn't always want or like his pacifier either, but usually calms down right away if he will take it. Here's to a new experience, even though he's the third child!!

I'll have more information after his 2 month well-child appointment tomorrow. I can't believe how much he has already grown:


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