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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, June 25

The rest of Day 1

As I write this, my two eldest are fighting. I'm still not sure how to handle moments like this. It is second nature to just yell and "fix" the situation. But that doesn't help long term. I let them "work it out" and then praised Finn for physically leaving the situation. Hmmm...

Back to the rest of Day 1:
First and foremost, I made it ALL day without yelling. You have to understand that this is MAJOR. I was yelling pretty much all day (or at least it felt that way) before we went to this class. That being said, I hit my wall around 6:30 pm. It is EXHAUSTING changing your whole nature and having to think constantly about what is happening and how to respond ALL DAY LONG. Thankfully, since Jim took the class with me, he waved at me from across the room and I was able to just stop and walk away. Not ideal, maybe, but still huge progress.

Korri seemed to be the most affected by this but Finn is as well. We were picking up last night and Finn helped right away and not having to ask him twice. Korri was another story (hence I had to reset myself). I have to keep reminding myself that this will work if I just DO it consistently. So hard!!!

Day 2:
This morning was tougher than yesterday. My brain is probably still hurting from yesterday. I find that I have a really hard time not getting frustrated and reacting. In fact, I already yelled and had an altercation with Korri this morning, so clearly yesterday was far better than today. But hopefully it keeps getting better.

Wednesday, June 24

"Chasing"

Today was the first day that I had to chase Mac around! Okay, I might be exaggerating a little (or a LOT) but he was movin' and shakin'! We were at t-ball practice and I've been bringing the blanket, plopping him down and giving him a baseball and helmet to play with. But today, he kept scooting forward to play in the dirt and eat the grass and old sunflower seeds! I mean, I had to move him back to the middle of the blanket at least five times! That is MAJOR in our world. I couldn't really figure out HOW he was doing it because it wasn't a "traditional" scoot (push legs out front, push down and pull butt forward) but however he was doing it, he was definitely mobile.

Now before I get comments from all you moms out there who actually have movers and shakers, I get it. He wasn't actually "going" anywhere and I wasn't running after him. But I still had a moment where I thought, "this is happening! It won't be long before I AM chasing him all around!" I haven't felt that way, well, ever yet with him. It felt good and scary all at the same time.

Oh the places you'll go, Mac! I can't wait to see where they'll be!

A fun little montage of Mac with Finn's sunglasses "on" this morning.
 

 
You know what they say about his bright future...

Nurtured Heart Approach

Jim and I went to a "Nurtured Heart Appraoch" parenting class last night.
The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is described as a social emotional strategy that instills greatness and transforms negative behaviors into positive behaviors, increases relationships and connectivity among family members, couples, teachers and students and builds “inner wealth” more commonly known as character strengths and virtues. 
Our school has won national awards for using this approach. ALL teachers will be trained before classes start this fall. I'm very excited about that.

Life in the Thomas household is a lot of conflict, yelling, strong personalities, battle of wills, screaming, time outs, crying, etc. It hasn't been pleasant for a long time (not constant unpleasantness but enough) and I KNEW as the parents, Jim and I had to try something else because what we were doing was NOT working. I took a one hour class on the NHA in order for Finn to go to a camp this summer and I was hopeful that this might be the answer for our family. But one hour by one parent did not a transformation make!

Thankfully, they offered a summer class which is two three hour sessions. Jim and I went to the first class last night (Thank you, Lynn, for watching the kiddos!). It is COMPLETELY counter-intuitive to how most people parent and gives me anxiety when trying to think about HOW to implement this approach and doubts that it can/will even work. We left class last night with the direction to take baby steps and try using the approach over the next week before our next class and be prepared to report back how it went. Hmmm...

Day 1:
I didn't sleep a ton last night because I was trying to think of ways to implement this approach in our day-to-day, minute-by-minute life. How "should" I respond if "X" happens? How do I stay calm if "Y" happens? How do I handle nap/bed time without tantrums and explosions? Etc. So I started small by calling out good behavior right away this morning. "Korri, I see that you are playing nicely with your brother without fighting. That shows you are a good team member and being kind." Not THAT hard and you should have seen her soul light up. Yes, her soul! Children crave this kind of positive attention.

I used the positive "yes" as often as I could think of this morning and by the time t-ball came around after lunch, we'd only had ONE meltdown and I gave NO energy to it. I felt like a new person. Maybe this really CAN work? I don't know about you but as a parent, I want to build my children up instead of pushing them down. If you stop and REALLY dissect how you talk to your kids, you may be shocked at how often what you say is negative, nagging, shaming or sometimes mean (not that you intend it to be). I also noticed while trying this out, that when I do give praise (which I was already doing) it is geared toward them making ME happy, not focused on what they are doing well. "That makes mommy happy when you clear the table." Um, who cares? The only thing that will do is create people-pleasers and that isn't the point of this at all.

The aforementioned meltdown was Korri's surrounding playing Legos and Finn took something she was playing with. I waited until she took a breath from her screaming and I said, "Korri I see that you are really upset but that you calmed yourself down. That shows a lot of self-control and I know it wasn't easy." She was like, "yes it did and no it wasn't!" And moved on. No hitting. No retaliation. No more screaming. Huh. SO, I'm working hard on really being mindful of what I'm saying and taking a breath before reacting or even responding.

I'm also finding that while Korri's behavior is the behavior that is most intense and causes us the most frustration, if I use this technique on Finn when Korri is around, she just soaks it in and wants the praise, too. "Finn, I see you are helping by playing with Baby. That is very responsible of you and helps our family." Thirty seconds later, guess who is playing with baby and pointing out to me how responsible SHE is? Yup, and this is after trying this approach out for ONE morning. She is our intense/spirited child but she is also our emotional, needs-a-hug child. She is soaking this up like a dried sponge. Let's face it, kids soak up what is given to them and I'd prefer it be positive, character building things, rather than shaming, negative things.

I was dreading nap time today, as I do almost every day. I was clear about expectations and we almost had an incident about who was sleeping where, but it wasn't even a bump. After laying down, they each "needed" me for one thing, which I calmly addressed (normally, I would just start yelling about it being rest time and to be quiet), and I didn't hear a peep after. Hmmm...again, could this actually work? I hope and pray that is does. I want to have a strong, purposeful relationship with our children and if things had continued how they were, I didn't see that happening.

Again, its been one class and one morning. But I'll take the day we've had so far. This is simply a tool but the tools we had weren't working. Maybe this tool will. Say a prayer for our family that we can turn around the negative rut we've been in and start a new journey down an amazing path that brings us all closer together and to be happier people.

More to come. I'm sure all mornings won't be like today and there will be hard times since this is new to all of us. But I'm hopeful. And that is something to be excited about!

Monday, June 22

I love the teething phase

...said no parent ever!

Teeth update(s).

I thought I'd do this all in one post instead of as they came in (more for posterity's sake than anything) and so as not to bore you with multiple posts.

I have to admit, that all things considered, at least this phase of his teething was not bad at all! He is pretty chill about the whole thing and if I hadn't been a fanatic about checking, I don't think we'd even know all of this teeth are in!

April 5, 2015: First tooth came in; front bottom right.
April 6, 2015: Second tooth came in front bottom left.
May 13, 2015: Third and fourth teeth came in, lower lateral incisors.

May 29, 2015:
Mac's fifth tooth came in on Friday, May 29. It is his upper left lateral incisor (#5 on the chart). His darn top front teeth have yet to come in! Although, not having them does NOT slow him down in the eating department!

June 10, 2015:
Mac's sixth tooth came in on Wed, June 10. It is his upper right lateral incisor. I'm not 100% which teeth they are, since his upper front ones haven't come in yet. I keep saying it, but I don't think it will be long! Plus, his bottoms ones have grown in so much, it looks funny (but cute!). And if the top ones don't come in soon, it will look like he has fangs!

June 14, 2015:
Mac's seventh tooth came in on Sat, June 14. It is his upper left front tooth. We were starting to wonder if he even had those front two teeth, since they are usually the third and fourth to come in, but he does! Now once he gets the last front tooth, I'll stop checking (too hard to check for the back ones and not lose a finger!).
June 22, 2015:
And finally, number eight came in today, June 22. For those keeping track, that is EIGHT teeth in two and a half months! Talk about fast and furious...although, I'd much prefer this to a long drawn out process like Finn's was (HORRIBLE!). I think Mac is a tough little bugger because you'd never know he is teething, for the most part. I think we'll have a break for a few months before his first molars come in.

Here is today's picture of his toothy smile! Hard to see the ones that just came in, but it won't be long and he'll no longer look like Dracula (because his lateral incisors came in before his front ones!).



Also, after much ado on Sunday, Finn's third tooth came out Monday, June 8 in the morning while watching cartoons and sucking his thumb. It is his lower right lateral incisor. He wrote a special note to the tooth fairy with a very specific request: a toy transformer, please! Hmmm...I didn't know tooth fairies took requests! His did this time but I reminded him that she probably won't have special toys with her next time.

Saturday, June 20

Double second?

Mac had been a little crabby the last couple days. Then on Thursday, I randomly saw him grab his ear. I didn't think too much about it, but it stuck in my head. Then yesterday, he would not sleep in the morning at all, so I decided to take him in to have his ears checked. When he had the infections in May, the doctor didn't think it was necessary to come in for a check to make sure they were fine, so I didn't.

Well, sure enough, he had a double ear infection again yesterday and she said his left one was "nasty." Poor guy. Is it a new infection? Is it the same as the one last month that never cleared up? Was there fluid that caused another infection? There's no way to tell. She put him on a stronger antibiotic (Cefdinir) and since his one year (gasp!) well child is next month, she'll re-check them then.

I really hope this medicine clears it up for good. She said it isn't very common to get ear infections in the summer because of having fewer colds. But Mac hasn't had a cold with either of the infections. On the bright side, he really seems to weather them well. I mean, I ALMOST canceled the appointment yesterday because he just didn't seem like anything was really wrong. But since we were going into the weekend, I hate wondering if something is wrong and having to wait until Monday to find out (or finding an Urgent Care that is open). So, there you have it.

I really really REALLY hope he doesn't take after his big brother or daddy with their ear problems. I know ear infections are super common and even getting tubes is, but I just don't want to have that hurdle to jump, too. Plus, Jim had such major ear issues as a child that he still suffers the effects now as an adult. I don't wish that for my baby (or anyone, really).

So, we wait and see. I will pray that all is cleared up at his well-child appt and that this is his last ear infection for a long time.

This was Mac yesterday. Gee, he looks super sick, doesn't he?!?! LOL


Wednesday, June 17

Turn it up to 11

Mac is ELEVEN months old! Won't be long before the big O.N.E! Time is flying by and while him getting older gives me a little more freedom, it makes me sad to know how quickly the last months have gone and I'm sure they will just continue to speed up. Here are the eleven month milestones and my comments regarding where Mac is.

Baby Development: Your 11-Month-Old

Below are the baby milestones you can expect your child to achieve when he’s 11 months old.

Motor Skills

At 11 months, your baby should be cruising around while holding onto the furniture or your hands. He might even let go of your hands to try out a few tentative steps alone or he might even be walking independently. Some babies at this age experiment by standing on their toes or on one leg. Not yet. We are working on it at PT and he's started letting go with one hand to reach for toys and also bending his knees instead of having locked legs.

A few particularly adventurous 11-month-olds find that climbing is a fun way to explore. They’ll scale counters, get over their crib railing, and put themselves into some pretty precarious situations. If you have one of these little climbers, don’t provide an easy access route. Move chairs away from tables and countertops so your baby can’t get up high enough to take a nasty spill. Your baby will also love opening drawers and cabinets, so be sure to lock up any chemicals, cleaning products, or cosmetics that are within his reach. Mac HATES when we work on climbing on the stairs. It will likely come when/if he crawls, which he isn't doing.

As your baby’s hand-eye coordination improves, he’ll enjoy learning how things work by arranging toys by size and color as well as taking them apart and putting them back together. Stacking blocks and nesting cups are excellent toys for these pursuits. He LOVES blocks and just started liking to play "catch" or rolling the ball back and forth. He loves to put toys in and take toys out of things.

Eating

Your baby should be feeding himself by now, either with fingers or a spoon. Fill your 11-month-old’s diet with a variety of whole grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy products -- cheese and yogurt -- and protein -- beef, chicken, fish, tofu. Offer a snack in the morning and afternoon to give your baby enough energy to make it through the day. Crackers, fruit, and dry cereal are all good snack options. Mac LOVES to eat "real" food. In fact, I rarely give him baby food any more. He is good at chewing and figuring out what size of food to eat, so I'm able to give him "whole" foods some times, which is nice and good for him.

Your baby’s sense of taste is developing, so keep adding different flavors to the mealtime repertoire. If you have a particularly picky eater who constantly pushes away the spoon, don’t give up. Keep trying new foods. Sometimes, babies have to be exposed to a food eight to 12 times before they’ll eat it. At the same time, never force your baby to eat. It’s better to let young children decide for themselves when they are full. Research has shown that kids who are made to clean their plates often turn into overeaters later in life. Mac definitely lets us know what he wants and what he doesn't want. I try to keep offering things to him. He LOVES bananas and fruit in general and anything grain related.

Communication

Eleven-month-olds realize that they’re unique people. They have a strong sense of their likes and dislikes, and they’ve learned to use their emotions to get what they want -- like throwing a temper tantrum when you try to take away a favorite toy. Your baby may already have discovered the word “no.” If so, you’ll probably be hearing it a lot. Mac has "found" his voice. If he wants something or wants our attention, he just screams REALLY loudly. I try not to encourage it...but it IS effective! He can shake his head "no" but hasn't learned to say it. I keep telling the kids NOT to use "no" around him but instead to use descriptive words like "danger" "hot" "stop" etc.

Communication begins to take on a more mature rhythm at 11 months. Babies at this age can engage in a regular back-and-forth conversation. When you ask a question, you’ll get a response, although you probably won’t understand most of that response. When you name something -- like the family dog -- your baby can point at it. You’ll also probably notice that your baby has a longer attention span and can focus on you or a game for more than a few seconds at a time. Mac doesn't look or point to us when we use each other's names, but I KNOW he knows who we are. Stubborn? He can play with blocks forever...and with his siblings (even if he is just by them and not actually playing WITH them). Jim was pretty sure Mac said "banana" the other morning. If he does it again, that will be his first official word (besides dada and mama, of course).


Tips for Your Baby’s Eleventh Month:

Now that your baby is crawling and walking with help, let him explore many different types of textures, including grass, carpet, and the floor. Nope, neither yet but I do try to provide different stimuli either by bringing it to him or bringing him to it.
Read together with your baby every day. Involve your child in the experience by pointing to people and things in the pictures and asking your baby what they are. You can also involve him by letting him turn the pages. Honestly, I'm terrible with this. Just so much going on. I need to be better about it.
Start reinforcing good behaviors with praise, and correcting inappropriate behaviors with a firm “no.”
Encourage your baby to start becoming more independent while dressing, eating, and getting ready for bed. I'm not good at letting him be independent but am trying. I've incorporated "gentle" a lot into our conversations since he loves to poke and scratch and sometimes hit (but not with malicious intent).

He has seven teeth (just missing his upper front right tooth). He nurses about 4 times per day now. You wouldn't think going from 5 to 4 would make a big difference but it does! He sleeps great at night and has been for a while. I'm SO thankful for this. He naps at least two times per day and sometimes need a quick power snooze either right away in the AM or in the late evening. He loves snacks and eating. He chews really well for not having molars. He talks/babbles a ton, especially to his siblings. He is a happy boy most of the time and easily entertained. But when he's not happy, EVERYBODY knows it! He loves showing off and hamming it up for the camera or people. Nobody thinks he is funnier than he does. We are working on transitioning to and from sitting and he CAN do it but still has a hard time with it. He is doing great with the standing exercises but I still want him to crawl, if we can get him to. I just think his whole world will be rocked if he can just figure out how to MOVE! I still enjoy putting him down and knowing he'll still be there, or close to there...but enough is enough!

Here are his monthly pictures:

   
   
   
 

Thursday, June 11

Rah, rah ree

Kick 'em in the knee.

As you might remember, I've been having significant knee issues/pain since Oct 2013. Well, I've always had minor knee problems since high school but things got considerably worse this time. I was training for my first 5K and my right knee just refused to function properly or at all, sometimes. I went to Tria and they basically said to stay off it for two weeks and it should be fine. I did and then on day 15, I ran my 5K...after which I could BARELY walk for days. Bummer.

Well, then I got pregnant and while I ran on and off in the beginning of my pregnancy, my OB put me on limited activity around 6 months (April), so running was out. Then I had Mac and I was so tired all the time, for months the LAST thing I thought about was exercising. Then I started working out this January. I wasn't comfortable reducing calories while breast feeding but something had to be done about my weight. I thought exercising was the answer.

I quickly found out it was NOT the answer. By late Jan, I could barely walk after running, even a short distance. This was so frustrating for me since all I wanted to do was run and get fit. I finally went into my Dr. who referred me for an MRI the first week of Feb. The results showed that I had (I'm sure I'm using all the wrong terminology) inflamed marrow at my knee joint and an irregular knee cap. We decided a cortisone shot should do the trick to allow my knee to heal. I was on very limited activity until the beginning of May and then "taking it easy" until August. Again, great, no running...but if it did the trick so I can run again, so be it.

I did the elliptical, a modified cardio program and yoga. And all seemed right with my knee; for the first two months or so. Then a few weeks ago, I noticed my knee was achy and by the evening, I felt a little pain when going up stairs, enough so that I had to start taking ibuprofen for it. I stopped all activity, with the exception of walking to and from the park, and hoped that would help. It didn't, so I went in for a recheck today. She referred me to an Orthopedist, whom I go to see on Monday.

I know, who cares that I can't run? It could be so much worse and I still have mobility and use of my knee/leg. Get over it. But I want to be active and pain free. I'm not sure what to expect on Monday, but I'm looking forward to talking to an expert (that is what Tria was SUPPOSED to be when I went there a year and a half ago). He will have the results of my MRI and hopefully have an idea of the best course of action. I could just be one of the "lucky" few who have to get cortisone shots every 4 months (I really hope that isn't the case!). As DeAnn tells me regularly, "you know have one set of knees, so you better take care of them!" I'm trying, I really am. More to come after my appt.

Rah rah rass, kick 'em in the...other knee!

And because I can't have a post without a picture, Mac LOVES playing with this (usually empty) plastic tub! Who needs fancy baby toys?

Monday, June 8

Shuttle service

Today was the beginning of a new era in our household: I dropped both Bigs off at activities and picked them up when they were done. For the most part up until now, we've always stayed with them, either participating or just waiting until they were done. But not today!

Korri had gymnastics at 5:15pm at the elementary school. I dropped her off (I went in with her, checked her in and talked to the new coach for a minute). Then I headed home to feed Baby. Then I dropped Finn off at Vacation Bible School at our church (again, went in and checked him in) at 6pm, which happens to be two blocks from the school Convenient! Korri was done at 6pm, so I stopped by and picked her up. Then we headed home until I had to go back to church at 8pm to pick up Finn!

I'm so grateful for four things. 1. I didn't have to sit with them for either activity (for a total of what would have been THREE hours)! 2. Both activities were in Waverly near our house AND close to each other. 3. Both kids had NO problem being dropped off without a parent staying (this is HUGE, especially for Finn). 4. They WANT to be in these activities (because I want them to want to do these things!). My babies are growing up and aren't such babies any more!

Finn did say that he wished I could stay and be a parent helper. Awww...I told him I would volunteer next year when I didn't have to worry about feeding Baby. He seemed happy with that. It feels good to be wanted (and I'm sure there aren't too many more times when he'll actually WANT me/us around for things). I know he LOVED it when Jim chaperoned field trips, too.

I had a twinge of nervousness for Korri tonight. I mean, she is a natural when it comes to gymnastics, so I wasn't actually worried BUT the class is for those going into Kindergarten this fall...and she is a year behind that. But I talked with the old coach/teacher and she said Korri would be fine in the class. Plus, this is the class Finn did this spring and if he can do, she certainly can. And it was fine. I chatted with one of the other moms while waiting for it to be done, and she said her daughter and Korri had problems with the cartwheel (something new to this age group) so they asked for help! I was impressed! New week Bible School will be over, so I might stay and watch for a bit. I can't help myself ;)

And I can't forget about Mac. This was his first time in the big boy bath tub (last Monday). Based on his expression, I think he thought it was a pretty big deal!!


Sunday, June 7

Gateway to life

Today our nephew Tucker John was baptized into the family of God. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. What a beautiful and life changing event. A clean soul. A new life. So precious.

Tucker is the son of Jim's brother, John and his wife, Kelsie. We were honored to be asked to be his godparents. Such a special role to play in a child's life. In true Thomas style, the guest of honor was a couple minutes late for church service...but it was actually an answered prayer! I heard he'd, um, "blown out" just moments before getting his baptism outfit on! See, it could have been so much worse!

He didn't cry (bummer...I love when babies cry at baptisms...mine didn't either, though) and was a rock star for all the pictures. Here are a couple highlights of the wonderful day:





Thank you, John and Kelsie, for including Jim and I in such a special way in Tucker's life. We can't wait to see the things he'll do and accomplish!! So much potential.

Thursday, June 4

Last day as a Kinder

Finn's last day of Kindergarten was today. Where did the year go? It really did fly by and we survived! I know First Grade is a lot harder but I know we can do it. He has grown so much this last year. He is more confident, he's made tons of new friends, he's more mature...and all of that will just continue to change and grow.

Because I have wonderful memories of having friends over or going to friends' houses on the last day of school, I asked if he wanted to have some friends over. Duh, mom! So he invited his three best friends (I couldn't get a hold of his other best friend) Nolan, Landon and Ben; I call them the Four Musteteers. They all road the bus home with Finn from school. I had no idea what I was getting in for...and they are all "good" boys! Just so much energy. Our new neighbor Zach came over to play as well, so it was a full house. Based on all the food they ate at 6 years old, I don't know how we will be able to afford feeding them when they are teenagers!

While mom and dad were exhausted when they left (between 7:30 and 8pm), fun was had by all. And I'm fairly certain they all will sleep really well tonight. Here are some pics:

First day of Kindergarten
Last day of Kindergarten



Finn's teacher, Ms. Thorsen, put together a Kindergarten video of all the photos she's taken throughout the year set to music. It was so amazing to watch. If my reaction to this video is any indication, I will be a blubbering mess at graduation! One of the things I really loved about the video is that is showed how much they actually "played." Some say that Kindergarten (especially all day, every day) is too much for kids so I was really happy to see all the fun and "kids being kids" that they did!

Wednesday, June 3

Eyes and PT

Yesterday, Korri, Mac and I headed into the Cities. Korri had her semi-annual eye appt (St. Louis Park) and Mac had PT (Minnetonka). Korri's was at 10:30am and Mac's was at 2:30pm, so it was going to be a long day.

I always am a little cautious when going to Korri's eye appts. I think things are fine but never really know and ALWAYS dread the possibility of having to patch again. But it was all for not...other than Korri really didn't want to go (and it wasn't even a dilation appt!). I had to physically bring her into the room which is not easy to do while holding Mr. Big Mac. So Korri's right eye is the eye that they are concerned about. But the Dr. said that not only is it doing well, he sees improvement even from her appt in Dec! Hooray! That is three appts in a row that they've seen improvement. So she has one more appt in 6 months and then (fingers crossed that everything remains the same or improves) she can go to yearly appts after that! Yay!

Honestly, I'm so happy we caught her eye problem so early and were able to fix it before going to school and before more damage had been done. They don't know what the future holds, but for now, she needs to keep wearing glasses for the foreseeable future. I asked if Mac should be screened (since Korri had this problem) and he said yes, but not until about 2 years old. So I'll have that on my radar for next year. Again, fingers crossed that he doesn't have to patch and doesn't need glasses, too!

After the appt, we went to Target and lunch. I was really proud of Korri. She has a hard time when things change. I'd told her she could get pizza at Target but the freaking Super Target we went to didn't have a cafe! What?!?! So I told her that Subway sometimes have pizza, so let's try that (selfishly because then I could eat a healthy lunch, too!). One the way there, I just told her that they MIGHT not have pizza and asked if she wanted a turkey and cheese sandwich if they didn't. She said yes. AND...they didn't have pizza, she had a turkey and cheese sandwich and she didn't melt down! This was a HUGE thing for her/us. She wears her emotions on her sleeves and in the past, this would have been a disaster. Maybe my emotional mini-me is growing up!!

Mac slept for a while when we were at Subway but not long and was crabby...so I was NOT looking forward to PT. I fed him right before his appt, hoping a full belly would make him happy. It must have worked because he did AMAZING at his appt. His PT kept saying how well he was doing. He really is improving so much, even if we have to show him each tiny little thing to do (like, "this is how you lift up your knee so you can pull to stand, this is how you shift your weight from foot to foot, etc.). But after he's been shown how to do something a few times, he really does catch on. There is so much to work on at home, that I often get overwhelmed and feel like I'm not doing enough. But I do what I can...and like I said, he's improving a ton. Maybe crawling by his birthday? Probably not, but I'll take whatever I can get. I'll be ecstatic if he can transition into and out of sitting!

So I've been saying for about 6 months that I need a baby gate, right? But due to the extremely large opening between the entryway and the living room, I haven't been able to find one that fits under $300! I've been stressing about it and often do research just to give up because there aren't any practical solutions. Well, Mac's home PT said last week that she feels strongly that he won't need a gate for very long because he will most likely learn stairs at the same time he learns to crawl (probably because he is so old?!?!). She said not to get such a big fancy gate and just get one for the basement stairs! Awesome, I can do that...in fact, we might even have one in the garage that will work. I love when my procrastination works out for the better AND saves us money!

That was our big day. We were gone from 9am until 4pm and I was exhausted! On days like this, I wish we lived closer to the Cities but every other day, I'm glad we live where we live ;)

Here is a Subway selfie:

Monday, June 1

Now that her recital is over...

...it's time to cut her hair!

Korri's terrible at brushing her hair or having it brushed. It tangles easily and she never wants it in a ponytail, which would help keep it from getting so tangled. Some times I wonder if she will end up with dreadlocks, it gets so bad.

But, she wanted to have her hair up for her dance recital, so we both agreed that we would keep it long until her recital and cut if after. I think you'll agree that it looked super cute for the recital:

But this morning, we decided today was the day. I made an appointment at Kid's Hair in Maple Grove, something she's never been able to do before, and off we went. She was as still as a statue (it helped they were playing one of her favorite movies; How to Train Your Dragon 2).

Before and after:



It is basically the same cut she did last spring but a little shorter (her request, not mine!). I love it and think it fits her personality...cute with a little sass! And I think because I had short hair a lot as a kid, I feel like she looks more like me than ever.

And now we'll probably have to start letting it grow out for her recital next year, but it will be cute (and easy to brush) as it grows!