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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.

Saturday, January 3

We're going to...Orlando!

In case you weren't following, the Gopher football team actually had a pretty good season, which means for the first time since 1962, the Gophers were selected to play in a Bowl game ON New Year's Day! I knew as soon as the bowl game was announced that Jim would want to go. Initially I thought he would go with Mike and have a guys trip, but then Borns said their whole family was going. That meant that at least baby and I would be going, too. Jim wanted everybody to go, but flights were RIDICULOUS! So the Bigs got to go stay with Memere over break.

We left super early Monday AM. After Christmas at Renae's on Sunday afternoon, we came back home, packed and headed to a hotel by the airport, so we wouldn't have to leave at 2am from our house! I was nervous to travel with Mac. I just didn't know how he would do and if you know Mac, if he isn't happy, he REALLY isn't happy!
Mac sleeping on the plane.
But fear not, he did great and we even had a connecting flight on the way there, which means taking off and landing TWICE. It was 85 degrees when we landed and after a snafu with the rental car, went to our hotel. After a little break and a rest, we headed out to pick up some Imitrex at the pharmacy for me (I should know by now that I get migraines when I travel...it happens every time!) and then went to Giordano's! Yes, Jim's favorite Chicago pizza has locations in Orlando! The service was TERRIBLE and if it had just been a normal night and we could go any time, we would have left. However, once we finally got served and our pizza came, it was delicious. Baby slept all through the appetizer and woke up JUST in time for the pizza to come, of course (even the lady next to me commented on it!). We happened to sit next to Mizzou fans, which the Gophers were playing on Thursday. Funny.
Mac waiting for his piece of pizza.
Tuesday, we drove to Cocoa Beach and met my cousin, Karla and her family for lunch at Sonny's, a BBQ place. Good food, over priced. Then we braved the beach (it was rainy and chilly). Mac wasn't too sure about the sand on his feet but still seemed to enjoy his first trip to the ocean.

Wednesday, we met the Borns on the Gulf side and went on an airboat ride. It was really neat, but it was COLD! I feel somewhat bad saying that since it was SUPER cold back home but cold is relative. After that we had lunch and then headed to the Gopher Pep Rally and Social. To say these events were packed is grossly understated. Holy Gopher apparel convention! It was fun to see, though. We rang in the new year in our hotel room. I even made it to midnight, which Jim was betting I wouldn't. (to be fair, I think I was sleeping by 12:03)
Mac with his head gear on during the boat ride.
Thursday was the big day. We headed to the Citrus Bowl. Parking was easy, the weather was beautiful, tailgating was fun and we were up close and personal with the Gopher marching band. Baby was super excited since it was his first Gopher game. The game started out promising but quickly went down hill. Oh, well. A win would have been wonderful but it really was just amazing to be at a New Year's Day bowl game.

Friday we headed home. After the flight (direct this time!), the guy sitting next to me gave Mac an A+ for behavior! He did really well, all things considered. I wasn't sure how he would sleep in the hotel room while we were there, but he did great. We opted to have him sleep in his car seat rather than a pack-n-play, which I think he really liked. Overall, a great trip with lots of memories.

A HUGE thank you for Memere for watching the Bigs. I know they had a great time and by all accounts told to me, they were very well behaved. I'm hoping next Christmas and break have much less going on (no flu and no travels!).

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