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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.

Friday, December 11

Eye I Aye

Yesterday, Korri, Mac and I went to their eye doctor appointments. This was Korri's regular semi-yearly check. Mac's pediatrician wanted him screened to make sure he doesn't have the same problem Korri does, so I got him an appointment at the same time (no need to make two trips into the Cities!). I have to admit, I was a little anxious before the appointment. I mean, nothing horrible would come out (they both can obviously see!) but I hate being blind-sided and I feel like eye stuff does that for me. I always think everything is fine and then it isn't. But worse case scenario would be that Korri's eyes had worsened and she'd need to patch again and that Mac would need glasses (and need to patch). I kept telling myself that even this worse case scenario wasn't HORRIBLE, just inconvenient.

But they both are doing great! Korri's eyes are staying constant (that means her prescription didn't change significantly), which is what they want, so she doesn't have to go back for a YEAR! I'm so happy for her. She will most likely need to continue to wear glasses at least until she is 8 or 9 (and maybe longer) but that is the expectation for now. That is the age when their vision is established so her condition wouldn't necessarily get worse by not wearing glasses. Since one eye is near and one is far, she may always WANT to wear glasses so things aren't blurry. We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

And Mac's eyes have the same vision! What that means is he doesn't have Korri's condition (one near and one far sighted). He isn't seeing 20/20 but since he is so young and since both eyes are the same, they have no concerns at this point. He said we could come back in two years OR just have him screened at his normal well child appointments. I'm all for "normal" things! He was somewhat concerned about the size of Mac's eyes (I mean, let's face it, they are HUGE!). But he measured them and his corneas are within normal range, which is great. He thinks his eyes appear so large because of how his eye lids sit in his eye sockets. No big deal. Yay!

So a great appointment. Both kids had to have their eye dilated and looked like Beanie Boos (especially Mac!) afterward. Google it if you don't know what they are. After the appointment, we treated ourselves to breakfast at McDonald's. It was fun to just hang out with them and not be in a hurry to get somewhere.

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