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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.

Wednesday, March 11

Return to PT

I think I forgot to mention that Finn has returned to the place he spent much of the first two years of his life...Gillette Children's for physical therapy.

At his well child appt in January, we discussed with the doctor how Finn still seems to be delayed in gross motor compared to his peers. She sent us for a PT evaluation at Gillette, which we did on 2/17. They got most of the eval done on the first visit and said that his coordination was great (duh, already knew that!), his balance was okay and we could work on some strength and running things. Perfect. So we signed him up for 8 weeks. The number one thing I wanted addressed was his running. He spends so much energy and doesn't get very far.

After a quick assessment of his running, she said his body appears to conflict with itself, half wants to run to the left and the other half wants to run to the right. So he spends all energy just trying to get his body to go forward instead of to the side. And he has a really short stride. I'm glad they are working on this, since Finn loves sports and at the very least, you need to be able to run in most of them.

We've had two sessions. The first one Jim took him to and they worked on his gait/stride. From what Jim said, they had Finn run on the treadmill and at one point, he was running at 6.3mph (which is faster than I usually run!). So there is hope and the wonderful thing about Finn is that he is very "coachable." If you explain and show something to him, he really pays attention and makes those changes. Last week we finished the eval and didn't have a lot of time for much else. I can't wait to see how the rest of the sessions go. He LOVES going and has tons of energy while he is there. The hardest part was finding times for the appts since it is a 45 minute drive...but I explained the situation to his teacher and I think I was able to only have him miss a couple hours of school total, so not too bad.

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