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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, 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:



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