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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.

Sunday, May 31

First Dance Recital

Korri had her first dance recital yesterday. I don't know who was more excited, her or me?!?! She's worked so hard over the last 8 or so months and I couldn't wait to see her perform in her cute costumes! She had to have a slicked back low curly ponytail and was supposed to wear eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Um, she's four, so I just put some of my lipstick on her (which she LOVED) and called it a day!

There was a show at 11am and 2pm. While I was super excited to see her do her two numbers, I thought the rest of the recital would be boring, since I didn't know any of those girls. I was WRONG! It was so good that both Finn and Jim decided to come back for the second one!

Korri's ballet number was called "My Mother" and her tap number was "Broadway Baby." I ordered the DVD, so I'll post the videos on our picture website when I get that. For now, here are some pictures of our budding dancer.
She got roses from NeNe, Memere, Daddy and auntie Kristine. She LOVED them!
Ballet, she is in the middle, second from right.
Tap, she is third from right.
Korri with Ms. Nancy, her dance teacher.
I have to say, she did a great job! She kept watching the other girls to make sure she was doing it right, BUT at class, the teacher was always in front, so she could watch her. This morning, daddy played her ballet song at home and she did the whole routine! Now I just hope the stars align and she can do dance next year (her class is at 3:45, so if I'm working outside the home, it would be really tough to make it work!).

Also, it doesn't seem like enough, but a huge, heart-felt thank you to Memere, Grandpa Ron, NeNe, Grandma, Auntie Kristine, Stacey and Dillon for making Korri a priority and coming to her show. It meant a lot to me personally but it meant the WORLD to her. I know everybody is busy and as they get older, there are more and more activities to attend, but this was her first and you all will be part of that memory forever. Seriously, thank you!!

Thursday, May 28

Tummy is best...

So I KNOW they preach "back is best" for babies. I get it. It probably IS safer. But let's face it, it is more natural for most babies to sleep on their tummies. I did. Jim did. All of my sisters did. F and K did (gasp!) but I was determined to have a baby who slept on his back. So M slept in his swing for the first six (seven?) months. But I did eventually get him to sleep in his crib ON HIS BACK! Ah, success.

I can't really take the credit per se (other than PUTTING him on his back to begin with) because once on his back, he couldn't do anything about it since he wasn't rolling over. Well, he has FINALLY mastered rolling over (back to tummy anyway) and for the last two nights, he's rolled over on his tummy and somehow rotates 180 degrees so his head is at the "foot" of his crib! Oh, well. Like I said, I really think tummy is more natural and/or comforting.

We are so used to him sleeping on his back that Jim wanted to roll him back over the first night. Um, NO! #1. "they" all say that once a baby can roll, it is fine for them to sleep on their tummies. #2. Unless there is a credible threat of losing life or limb...why would you wake a sleeping baby? #3. I think it is really good for M's muscles to get used to being on his tummy more.

So there you have it. Now we have a rolling over, tummy sleeping baby!

Also, I forgot about how wet they get over night when they sleep on their tummy (especially boys). Might be time to get nighttime diapers!

Wednesday, May 27

Curly Cue

So a while back, I mentioned that I am hair challenged. I'd actually say I'm "girly" challenged. That being said, I was determined to do something cute with Korri's hair for her dance pictures and her recital. We did the crown braid, which you all agree, turned out pretty darn good (and I DO say so myself!). Then I got "the bunmaker" and had NO hopes of it actually working. But that worked too and looked great. Perfect, I have two options for her recital, right?

Until last week when the dance teacher said that all the girls have to have a low pony tail with curls! Wait, I wasn't planning for that! And I don't own a curling iron (remember, I'm hair challenged, so what's the point?!?!). So I just figured I'd put her hair in lots of little braids the night before and it would at least have some curls.

But it kept nagging on the back of my mind. So when Korri and I were at Target this weekend picking out nail polish (she earned nail polish because she stopped picking at her nails long enough for them to grow out enough to need to be cut!! This is HUGE in our world, hence the nail polish), I figured I'd just look at the hair aisle. I couldn't find a super small curling iron (must not be the 90's any more!) but I did find soft rollers. So I got them.

Well, last night was our trial run. Again, I had no hope that 1. I would put them in right so they'd actually STAY in all night. 2. That she would leave them in when she went to sleep because I knew they'd be a little uncomfortable and 3. That her hair would actually be curly when they came out in the morning.

Here is the result:

Again, I think it was a success! I'm glad we did a trial run because I learned a few things I'll do differently on Friday night. First, we don't need curlers in the front because her hair needs to be slicked back to a low pony. Second, I'll only use the small curlers because the bigger ones I used in the back didn't curl as much (and they need to last for two shows!). Third, I'll probably put a little hair spray before/while I'm wrapping the curls but then not again until after the ponytail has been made (it turned into a tangle-y mess after I sprayed it, hence the messy pony). If it falls after the first performance, I won't have a back up, but at least it should look good for for the 11am show!

Maybe for Korri's sake, I'll actually figure out this girly stuff. Because of course, God would bless me with a girly girl! I'd better start preparing for when she wants to wear makeup because if it involves more than lipstick and eye liner, I'm completely hopeless!! Also, the weird thing? I've actually really enjoyed trying out these different hair styles with her. Kind of fun mommy/daughter time.

Reminder what the braid and bun looked like:

Tuesday, May 26

First is a double

Mac's had a low grade fever since Saturday but really no other symptoms. Both Jim and I just thought it was teething, but when he woke up this morning with it (making this the fourth day!), I decided to take him in. I knew it would be nothing, but I'd rather the doctor tell me than keep wondering. Yet again, our wonderful clinic was able to get us in right away in the morning (and even with OUR doctor!).

She listened to the symptoms and said that her schedule looks like it is December with all the fever and cold symptoms! So much for spring, huh? She didn't think it was anything but checked him over just to be sure.

And sure enough, he has a double ear infection! She was shocked (she said so but I could see it in her face as well). It is rare to have an ear infection with no other cold-like symptoms to start the infection. I am SO glad I brought him in. All things considered, he weathered it really well. Like I said, I really didn't think it was anything.

This is Mac's first ear infection(s). I am hoping (and praying!) that it is isolated and just a one time thing. Finn started about this age and after five years and two sets of tubes, seems to have outgrown ear infections (fingers crossed). Korri has had one ear infection, I believe. Hopefully Mac copies his sister when it comes to these!

Oh and they weighed him. He weight TWENTY pounds! He's gained almost two POUNDS since his 9 month well child a month ago. I thought he'd filled out a bit in this month's picture. I guess he likes food! His actual weight (clothed) was 20 lbs 3 oz. Crazy.

My sicky (from yesterday):

Friday, May 22

Big Dreams

Last night, we had the honor of going to Finn's Kindergarten spring concert! The theme was "Big Dreams" and all of the songs focused on "possibilities" and "learning a lot." This was a first for our family and it could not have been cuter. Grandma, Memere, NeNe and Uncle Les all came to watch as well. I think Finn loved all the attention, as he should.

The whole program lasted about 45 minutes and included group songs with all three classes, one song from each class that they only performed (Finn's class did a interpretive song with scarves!), a rap that involved sunglasses and the last song was a light show (to which Finn stuck his light IN his ear...of course!).

It was just wonderful to watch and at the end, the teachers said some really nice words that, of course, made me cry! They basically said that no matter what, these kids will always be in their hearts and they'll always be there for them. Awwww...

Thanks to NeNe for letting me use her phone to take pictures (my battery was too low!):

Thursday, May 21

Korri's last day

Today was Korri's last day of preschool for this year. She will be going again next fall, but will be in the "pre-K" class. She will go Mon, Wed and Fri afternoons, which will be a change for us, but also welcome. She went Tues and Thurs mornings this year. The days Korri had school were much tougher in the mornings, so we won't have to deal with that at all next year.

Korri went to school like normal but they had a little celebration at her school for moms and dads. Our friend Anna was kind enough to watch Mac, so it could just be about Korri when we were at school. I don't think that EVER happens.

We had root beer floats for a snack, the kids danced to the "Gummy Bear song" and Mrs. Pam read “I knew you could” by Craig Dorfman on the Smart Board. It was really cute and fun to see Korri in that environment. She is growing up so quickly. She challenges us on a daily (hourly? Minute?) basis but she has a kind heart and has lots of friends at school. None as special as Aubrey, though (bottom picture below). Korri cried at bed time last night because she missed Aubrey already! Um, you wouldn't have seen her yet even if you still had school, silly! But I totally get the sentiment. I think they will have some of the same activities this summer, so that will help.

I really can't wait to see the places you'll go and the things you'll do. You are special and if you just believe in yourself, there is nothing you can't accomplish, Baby Girl!! I love you to Pluto and back.

Monday, May 18

Ten months

Mac is 10 months old today (well, yesterday, I started the post but didn't finish until today!). We've accomplished a lot in his ninth month. He rolled from back to tummy for the first time unassisted. He got two more teeth (for a total of four). With all the solid/table food he's getting, he only nurses five times per day. His personality is "popping" like crazy. I'm glad to see 10 and can't wait to see what this month brings us.

Baby Development: Baby milestones you can expect your child to achieve when 10 months old.

Now that your baby is 10 months old, you've probably been noticing a lot of big changes. And you may be amazed at how fast your baby is turning into an independent little person who gets around, plays, and communicates like a pro. I definitely feel like he is transitioning into being a toddler and not an infant any more. He just "seems" older.

You also should be getting a sense of your baby’s personality by now -- quiet or outgoing, calm or adventurous. And you no doubt have noticed that your baby already has a few favorite books, stuffed animals, songs, and games. He has an amazing sense of humor. Is that possible at this age? Making him laugh is one of the Bigs favorite activities.

Motor Skills
Your 10-month-old is enjoying the freedom of exploring in many different ways. Babies at this age can crawl (not yet, no indications at all), pull from a seated position to standing (we are working on transitions but he doesn't do them on his own), squat while holding on or sit back down (Hmmm, I don't think so), and cruise around while holding onto the furniture or your hands (not yet). Walking is now just a couple of months away, so you can expect your baby to soon be on the go even more.

At 10 months, your baby’s coordination has improved a lot. Children at this age are pretty adept at picking up small objects in their pincer grasp (ha, he has mastered that!). Just make sure you still keep anything small enough to pose a choking hazard out of your baby’s little fingers. They're also figuring out how to fit smaller objects into larger ones, which makes stacking cups a lot of fun (maybe we should get more of the baby toys out so he can try!). And 10-month-olds have the skill to hold a toy in one hand while using the other hand for a different task (yes, he can but he still has a hard time letting go of toys).

By 10 months, your baby may be down to a single one-hour nap during the day. but there's nothing to worry about if they are still taking 2 naps (not even close, we still have three naps some days!). If you’re going to skip a nap, it’s better to skip the morning one. An after-lunch nap will help baby stay awake through the afternoon and avoid pre-bedtime crankiness. Your baby should make up for the lost nap by sleeping for an extra hour or two at night, and sleeping through the night. Mac usually goes to bed around 8pm and wakes up between 6 and 7 to eat. Some days he'll go back to sleep for an hour or two after eating. Sleep training was awful for three nights but then, just like everybody said, it got better and now he cries for maybe 5 minutes or less.

You can continue to expand your baby’s palate by offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurt, and meats. Now that a few teeth have come in, introduce thicker consistencies and more table foods cut up into small pieces that you serve as finger foods. Mac does amazing with table foods! It is very convenient to be able to give him little pieces of what we are eating.

If you haven’t done so already, try giving your baby a spoon and letting him feed himself. Pick a utensil with a large, easy-to-grasp handle. The first few times your baby feeds himself will be messy, but every mess can be cleaned, and eating independently is an important skill to learn. I don't think we are ready for that, but I do let him have a spoon when I'm feeding him. I've tried introducing him to a sippy cup but he isn't interested.

Babies at this age are mimics, and you may notice your baby copying just about everything you do, from brushing your hair to picking up the phone (We are working on waving, clapping, "so big" and high five. He does pretty good, some of the time!). Your baby will listen to the sound of your words and will watch you carefully to gauge your reactions to situations. If you cry at a sad movie, for example, you may see your baby’s face crumple up, too. Mac is very perspective to emotions and is a great mimic.

Ten-month-olds can understand and follow simple, one-step commands, such as “wave bye-bye” or "clap hands." They also can attach meanings to certain words. When you say “car” or “dog,” your baby may point at the object, and he should respond to the sound of his own name. I think this is still pretty rudimentary right now because I don't notice him pointing but I see it starting to emerge.

Tips for Your Baby’s Tenth Month:
Even though your baby isn’t talking yet, engage him in real conversations. For instance, respond to his babbles with “Really?” or “That’s so interesting!” Or carry on a conversation using a stuffed animal or puppet. You’ll encourage your baby to keep talking and learning new words.
Turn on the tunes. Any type of music will work, whether it’s pop, country, or show tunes. Your baby will love bopping and bouncing along to the rhythm.
Hide toys and help your little one look for them to practice object permanence-the idea that things continue to exist, even when he can’t see them.

We started Physical Therapy through the school district's Birth the Three program (bi-weekly) and through Gillette (weekly). I think with the little push these will give him, that he'll just take off. Or at least I'm hoping. He still has separation issues and a little stranger danger, but in general, I think it is getting better. Everybody comments on how big Mac's eyes are but when he smiles, it lights up the room. Nothing is better than when he giggles.

Here are his monthly pictures (I think he's filled out a bit this month!).



Sunday, May 17

Keep Calm and March On!

First of all and most importantly, a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated to our walk this year! It always amazes me who makes it a priority to donate and I really and truly appreciate each and every contribution.

Secondly, let's face it, there are lots of worthy causes out there and there's never enough money to go around, so when a donation is made to the March of Dimes, it means the world to us and together with you, we are changing families' lives. Your donation matters.

Third, what a blessing the walk today was! The weather was in question leading up to it but it seemed like it was going to be okay. And it was! It was in the low 60's, cloudy with a breeze. If it had been sunny, it might have gotten a bit warm. If it had rained, it would have been too cold. And if the breeze had stopped, it would have been too buggy! They did move the event inside since there was the threat of rain, but that was fine. There was a bouncy house, a caricature artist and a kids' dance party.

Fourth, we had the biggest team that we've ever had! I think the most we've had before was 7. But we had THIRTEEN walkers for this walk! It was so much fun to have such great representation for an event that means so much to us. Also, SEVEN of the thirteen were kids. We kept playing musical strollers when legs got a little tired. We should have brought our double stroller but I didn't even think of it. I knew we were in a bit of trouble when, after approximately THREE minutes, Korri was tired and wanted to be done!

Fifth, we changed our team name to "Early but Tough" this year and had new t-shirts made. And we won first place in the t-shirt contest! Dealing with the vendor was not easy, so it made me happy to know at least the end result was worth it. And they are noticeable! Korri got to pick a different color and she wanted to pick a different image, too, because she didn't like the dirt bike and monster truck! Ha...maybe she should just join a different team. LOL. There was one t-shirt there that I really liked. It said, "Keep Calm and March on (for Babies!). I loved it.

Sixth, this was our first year walking in the Monticello location. In years past, we've always done the Minneapolis walk. But since moving west, it made sense to move to this one and I'm very glad we did. We went from being a drop in the bucket in Minneapolis, to being the HIGHEST contributing team at this location! Again, thank you for making that happen.

If you haven't made a donation yet but would still like to, please click here now (it still counts to our team contributions!):

Here are some pictures from the wonderful day:

Friday, May 15

Grand grandparents

Finn was very fortunate to have all three of his grandparents attend his first ever Grandparent's Day at school. When I first heard about the day, I was a little concerned that Finn wouldn't have ANY grandparents there but then schedules changed and they were all able to come. Lynn said his smile was from ear to ear the entire time they were there

I volunteered and was there as all the grandparents arrived...over half an hour early! Who arrives half an hour early?!?! Grandparents, I guess. I enjoyed working with the other parents as we assembled the snack trays for each room. I like getting to know other staff and parents.

For something special, Grandma Kathy got to bring Finn home from school and they stopped and got an ice-cream treat! He was so happy when he got home from school. In two years, they will have to split between two classrooms when Korri in in Kindergarten! (Korri's grandparent's day at preschool was in April)

Thursday, May 14

Roly poly

I have been patient. That's not to say that I haven't been concerned nor looked into ways to help but I have been patient. Maybe because he's my third or maybe because we've been through so much "worse" with his big brother. But I've been patient and I've had good perspective on the "big" picture. Mac is healthy. Mac has good muscle tone. Mac CAN and WILL do these things he isn't doing now. Some day. Until that day comes, I've been patient.

Well, the first of many of those days was yesterday! Even though I don't think it is the catalyse, we had Mac's first PT appt yesterday. It went well, but we focused on standing and kneeling transitions (not rolling, for the record!). Later in the day, Mac was laying on his back on the ottoman (safety risk, I know...but he isn't moving anywhere!) and it seemed like he wanted to roll over. Jim gave him some motivation and he did it ONCE! I missed most of it. So we moved him to the floor, for safety and for more leverage, and he wasn't too sure he wanted to do it again. Like with all things with him, you almost have to make it so he doesn't know he's doing it.

And after a few minutes, he did this:

Like he's been doing it for months! Little stinker. You can see it is hardest for him to lift up his GIGANTIC head and then get his arm out from under his chest...but he did ALL of that! Not to mention, he tolerated tummy time so much better (maybe since he got himself into the position?!?!). I don't know, but I feel like the train is "rolling" out of the station and we are definitely all on board!

Also, don't you like the motivation we used? A shoe, beads and daddy's phone! Hey, you gotta work in their currency! I can't wait to show the video to his PT next week. Now we need to work on transitioning from sitting to laying and back. I think it will rock his world when he figures that out!

Side note: He did NOT have fun at his PT appt. He was very sensitive and just wanted to be by mommy. Thankfully(?!?!) I've done this before, so I'm actually pretty good at taking the PT's direction and doing the moves. Normally she would be the one manipulating him. Oh, well. I think he'll warm up after a few sessions...hopefully! Also, she gave me the results of his Peabody test and he tested at 4 months for mobility...not surprising, but a little more delayed than what the Bayley's showed and still frustrating. But he'll get there!

Wednesday, May 13

Two more makes four

So Mac hasn't been feeling 100% since Sunday but other than throwing up a couple times on Sunday and a low grade fever, he hasn't had any other symptoms other than you can tell he just wasn't feeling well. How's that for specific?!?! LOL

Well, I think I found out the reason this morning:

It is hard to see in the picture but his lower lateral incisors (yes, I had to google that!) came in over night! The ones highlighted in orange below:

I'd been checking because I thought the top two were coming in but it was the bottom ones! They still have a ways to go but they've broken through, so hopefully he will have some relief.

Typically, the top four would have been next before these, but Mac likes to do things his own way, in his own time! Although I'm fairly certain his top ones aren't far maybe we'll have a flurry of teeth activity and then get a break?!?! One can only hope :)

Overall, I think he weathered it fairly well. My memory could be clouded but I think Finn and Korri were MUCH worse when teething. Again, one can only hope that he continues like this!!

Side note since we are talking about teeth: Finn has a wonky shaped mouth, jaw and teeth. There isn't much if anything we can do until he is older, however, he said that it hurts where his tooth is growing in! I'm hoping it is "normal" growing in pain and not because there isn't room and it is pushing up on the one next to it! Argh. Also, I think my mom should pay for Finn's dental work (or at least half!) since she never spent a penny on my mouth other than routine dental care! Only fair, right?

Tuesday, May 12

Before and after

Finn decided this winter that he wanted to grow his hair out, which we were completely fine with us. The reason? He wanted a mohawk, of course. So we've gone to get a trim a few times but left the top to grow (I HATE hair over his ears, so that had to be fixed). Well, he was due for a trim and since he usually HATES having me do it, I asked if he wanted to go yesterday after school. Little Mr. Homebody said he'd rather me cut, BUZZ it! Okay, time for summer hair, I guess!


Pretty dramatic. And holy moly does that kid have a lot of hair (and his fair share of cowlicks!)! But I have to say, he looks like my Finnegan again with short hair. I'm just so used to it. I normally buzz it to a 2 or 3 but since it was SO long this time, I used a 4. I probably could have used an 8 and it still would have been an improvement! LOL

If Korri doesn't start brushing her hair better (or at all!), she might be the next one for these before and afters! Also, Mac's hair is really long on top, but he'll get his first hair cut when he is one. I'm counting down the days...okay, not really because it would make me sad to know how close he is to being one already! Auntie, can you bring your stuff to his birthday party? Or use my clippers, I guess!!

Monday, May 11

A Mother's Day to remember

I had a great Mother's Day. I am very lucky to have a husband who knows how to do it right. He got up and brought the baby to me so I could feed him in bed. Then he got up with the Bigs and made me breakfast in bed.

It was SO good. I guess picking the "perfect" card took a while at the store but it was super cute and of course, sang a song (You Got It by Roy Orbison!). Then I got a pot of tulips, which I love, a Veggetti, which is a contraption you use to cut veggies into spaghetti, and finally, a half-share to our neighborhood CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture). We did this last year and loved it, so I'm excited to do it again.

Then we all got ready and went to church. The kids made me corsages during Sunday School, which was super cute and I wore until Baby tore them off. When we got home, we did something I always want to do but we never remember or take the time: a family picture:

Hard to get us all looking at the camera and smiling, but I think it turned out okay. Mac was feeling a little under the weather (I think teething!) so I spent a lot of the day in bed with him, which was fine with me.

Then, because Mother's Day wouldn't be complete without having to be a "mom" at some point, Mac puked all over me just after I'd given him baby food! At least it was apples and blueberries, so it could have been worse! He ended up puking three times and then was a different kid afterward. Maybe it was a little bug...who knows?!?! He slept fine last night, so hopefully it is gone today.

I'm sure I'm already forgetting some details, but even if I am, it was a wonderful day. Jim kept telling me not to do things, which was super nice and thoughtful, especially since he was feeling a little under the weather, too.

I'd also like to wish my mom a very happy Mother's Day. I don't know how you raised four girls, often by yourself, it probably seemed. But you did and I don't remember you being overwhelmed or exasperated, like I so often find myself. I don't know if it is selective memory or if you just handled yourself with grace, but regardless, I'm so thankful for the example you've set for me as a mother and the love I've received my whole life. And here is a picture of the two of us (circa 1979):

I had to crop Kristine and dad out. I had a hard time finding a picture of just us! Thank you for all you've done and for all you do. I love you!

And Mother's Day wouldn't be possible in my family without the love and guidance of these two amazing women as well:

Top: Grandma Smith (my mom's mom) with Mac and Bottom: Grandma Walsh (my dad's mom) with Mac.

These two women are incredible beyond measure. They both are the matriarchs of two huge families and yet make a point to let each one of us know how much they love us. I only hope to be half the wife, mother and (some day) grandmother they are!

Nighty night

Two sleep updates:

First, Mac is no longer swaddled...even at NIGHT! As I mentioned before, I'd started not swaddling him during naps and he seemed to do fine (maybe he fussed a little more at first but seemed to sleep fine for the most part). So Friday night, I had a flash of bravery as I was feeding him before bed and I just laid him down without swaddling him. I didn't even tell Jim because I didn't want to jinx it. Lo and behold...he did fine! And hasn't been swaddled since. So happy to be done with them! We've come a long way from the days of sleeping in the swing with a pacifier and being swaddled!

Second, Mac now actually and truly sleeps through the night! I know doctors say if they sleep 5-6 hours without waking, that is "through the night" but boo on that! He goes to sleep around 8pm and wakes up at 7am! I think this is in large part (or ALL part!) to laying him down without his pacifier. Sleep training was/is the worst, but at least in our case, it actually worked. I still leave his pacifier clipped to his pj's in case he wants to put it in himself, but he usually falls asleep without it (I usually still give it to him for naps...because it is easier...lame, I know!). I'm so happy. Part of me wonders if he really doesn't wake up or if, because the doctor gave me "permission" not to get up with him, if I don't hear him any more. I kind of doubt it, but maybe! Regardless, we are both getting more sleep and it is wonderful.

Now I just need to figure out how to have him wake up at 6:30 or 7:30 because 7:00 is time to get kids ready for school and on the bus! It's always something, but this I can handle! This morning I just fed baby in the office (by the front door) while Finn waited for the bus. It is harder when Korri has school too.

Here's a picture of Korri all dressed up for Mother's Day:

And here is a picture of Finn's crazy hair. I THINK somebody needs a hair cut!

Friday, May 8

It's time

On many fronts, I guess. So Tuesday, I decided it was time to try to lay Mac down for his afternoon nap without being swaddled. I was very brave about it but didn't think he would go to sleep. He did, but not for long and then he was crying a lot. Weird. So after a bit, I went up there thinking he just wasn't tired and I found...his leg stuck in the slats of the crib! Poor guy. I got it out easily enough and the circulation was fine, but I felt terrible. AND...that means he tried to roll over in there!

That means it was also time to do two things most parents have to do many (MANY!) months earlier: 1. lift up the crib railing to its highest slot and 2. put the mesh bumper around the railings!

I really love the fact that we bought our crib just MONTHS before they stopped making adjustable crib railings (at least they did for a while, I don't know if they do again). When baby is little, it is so nice to be able to bend over and put them down gently and snuggle a second. But once they start rolling, it has to be up all the way...which is obviously just starting to happen at our house.

Also, I didn't see the point in having a bumper until he was mobile because there really isn't a need. The big fluffy ones are a danger on many levels and the safe ones aren't needed early on. I didn't even think that he could (let alone WOULD) get his leg stuck in there. Thankfully, I have the breathable bumper, so Jim and I put that on and I feel much better about it.

Now my almost 10 month old can sleep safely! LOL. The good news is that he is unswaddled for naps (most of the time) now which means it is (almost) time to do it at night too! Hopefully we can say "goodbye" to the swaddlers before too long!

And this was from yesterday morning (even studs need to sleep):