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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, October 8

Fall Conferences

We had Finn's conferences on Tuesday. My schedule was all messed up from the vacation and the hurricane that I was like a chicken with its head cut off (especially since we got home around 2am that morning!). I sent Jim, Korri and Mac to dance, which was canceled because of conferences and I brought Finn with me, which I wasn't supposed to do, but ended up being fine. Argh.

Regardless of all of that, Finn is doing great in First Grade. He has the same teacher as last year, Ms. Thorsen and has 17 of the same kids in his class as last year! He gets along with other students, has a positive attitude and solves problems. Part of me wanted to make sure we were talking about the same child! One area for improvement is listening to and following directions. Apparently, he likes to talk to his neighbors. Hmmm...I wonder if my mom ever had a conference when she wasn't told the same thing about me?!?! So we talked about appropriate times to talk and times that are NOT appropriate. Hopefully that helps.

She went through all the details of his scores and all that, but at the end of the day, she feels his is at mid-high for reading and mid-high to high for math. You can't ask for more than that. He can read as high as a second grader in the second month of school. He tested kind of low on math, but she said her entire class did, so she probably offered the test at a bad time (tired, distracted, hungry, etc.). He scored 86% but the highest score she had in her class was 89%. She did say that in general she often puts him with certain students who need extra help because she sees him being a leader and being able to help others. That surprised me only because by his nature (so far at least) he is not a natural born leader like some kids are. So I'm thankful she trusts him and is giving him opportunities to develop those skills.

I look forward to his next conference in late January because it is directed by him, just like last year. Korri's preschool conferences are the beginning of November.

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