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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.

Monday, December 7

It was time

Poor Korri has been sleeping in a toddler bed (that uses a CRIB mattress!) and yes, she is almost FIVE years old. We've been thinking and talking about getting her a bigger bed but it was a bigger decision than just "what bed do we buy for her?": do we move her back into her room and Mac to Finn's? Do we get bunk beds for the boy's room and have Korri use Finn's bed? Do we buy three twin beds and call it a day? Do we somehow use our extra queen bed?

Well, on Thanksgiving night, Korri used her last Pull-Up. And I'd had it with Pull-Ups. I mean, she was completely bedtime trained when she was three but then had a set back around when Mac was born and just used them as a crutch ever since. I've had it before, but always caved and went to buy more Pull-ups after washing sheets (or potty mats!) for a week straight.

But this time was different. Our kids respond well to external motivation. We knew Korri really wanted a "big girl bed" so we went with it. We told her that if she was dry for one week straight, she would get a big girl bed (we still weren't sure if that meant getting Finn's or getting a new one). Low and behold...she was DRY EVERY NIGHT FOR FIVE NIGHTS! Do you doubt me that she was using them as a crutch now?

So Jim and I thought, "Crap, we'd better figure out a solution." We went to the furniture store in Hutchinson (that we LOVE!!!) on Friday, planning to buy a bunk bed of some sort. But when I walked in, I saw this antiqued white metal "princess-y" bed and thought, "Korri would DIE for this bed." Jim came in, we discussed and went back and forth and then decided that we didn't need to have a permanent solution for the boys right now (Mac is still, and hopefully will be for a while, in his crib). The bed was super on sale, which sealed the deal.

Korri did have one accident over the weekend in her little bed, but one accident in over 10 pretty darn good for going cold turkey! And her new big girl bed was delivered today!  I was hoping to have it assembled and all made up before she got home from school but the delivery was a little late. Oh, well.

She LOVES LOVES LOVES it! I think Finn was a little jealous, but of course he forgets about when HE got a "new" bed (new to us, anyway!). Without further ado, here she is in all her glory:

With her horse sheets that we got FOREVER ago but couldn't use because they were Twin sized. Now they fit (but I still need to get a comforter/quilt). And to prove how much she needed a new bed, here she is in her old bed:

Ha, head to toe with about an inch to spare. Luckily she usually curls up when she sleeps (unless she is trying to prove a point to me about not fitting in her bed!!). Eventually, we will move her bed back in to her room (where Mac is now) and Mac into Finn's room. Not sure when we'll do that but for now, all is well and everybody can sleep tight (but not too tight since their beds aren't too small!).

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