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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.

Saturday, January 23

One and done

Finn and Korri had their scheduled seven and five year well-child appointments yesterday afternoon. The latest appointment available is 3:15, so anyway I sliced it, they had to leave school early. Oh, well. Not the end of the world, especially on a Friday, right? They were both looking forward to the appointment because they knew there would be no shots!!

Please keep in mind that I had all three at the appointment by myself, so I'm sure I'll forget many, if not most, details!

Korri went first, so I'll start with her. she is 44 3/4" (91%!!!!!) tall and weighs 51 pounds (95%!!!!). She is just a big kid, which is so funny considering how petite she was and how hard of a time she had gaining weight when she was a baby. Her BMI came down a little bit, probably because of her height increase, but the doctor is not concerned at all about her weight. The doctor noted how dry Korri's skin is, which we already know, obviously. The only concern I had for her was that she seems to have some nervous "ticks" for lack of a better word. She still sucks her thumb almost all the time, except at school. The doctor reinforced that it really doesn't do any good to "remind" her all day long to take it out. She also said that right now, it shouldn't affect her teeth (although I don't know how true that is!) and that she will stop when she is ready. The other thing she does is pick  her nails. Not bite them, pick them...which I rarely see her doing. The doctor said that is does sound like anxiety and to try to help her find something else (like a squeeze ball) when she is nervous. The dr isn't concerned about either right now, but wants to keep an eye on it, which is exactly what I thought.

Then it was Finn's turn. They measured both of them without me (I was in the room answering questions), so I had no idea how big either of them were until the doctor showed me their growth charts. And Finnegan weighed 54 pounds which is the 68%, right about where's he's been. BUT...he grew THREE INCHES!!! He is 46 1/2" tall which puts him at the 25%! I'm not ashamed to say I started crying. At his last appointment, his percentile had gone down and I was scared about what would happen if that continued. But I'd say quite the opposite...he's catching up!!!! I'll take 25% any and every day. The doctor was very impressed. I told Finn, "Good job making your body grow!!" LOL And because his weigh stayed close to the same and he grew so much, his BMI went down, too.

On a frustrating note, he did not do well on his vision test (I didn't "see" that coming, ha!). He tested 20/30 in both eyes and at 20/40 they do further testing and/or glasses. Argh. He said he sees fine in school but that he sits in front of the class. He'd gone to an eye specialist his whole life except at his last appointment (maybe a year or year and a half ago?) he was doing so well, they said he didn't need to come back and could be tested through normal channels (i.e. school and well child appointments). Awesome, right? Well, this issue is very different from his issues when he was a baby AND Korri's eye issue. This is good ol' fashioned nearsightedness, I think. I was able to connect with his teacher last night via email and she said they did school testing earlier in the year and that he must have tested fine otherwise we would have gotten a note (but she will look for his results). She noted, too, that she hasn't noticed Finn squinting or having issues seeing because he is in the front of the room and she wasn't specifically looking for it. The doctor said we can just retest him in 6 months and go from there, which I appreciated since the specialist isn't covered by our insurance, of course. His teacher is also going to check if the school will do a re-screening for him, which would be great. So we are going to wait and "see." Ha, a little play on words. This isn't the end of the world (if Finn ends up with glasses, he will come by it naturally as MANY members of our families are nearsighted) and if it is because of his early birth...a small price to pay for an amazing miracle who is otherwise ridiculously healthy!!!

So we were finishing up and I said, "well, we'll see you on Tuesday for Mac's 18 month well child appointment." She looked at me and said, "do you just want to do his now?" Um, yes! We were the last appointment of the day, so it gave her the leeway to do it. Sweet. I was wondering how I was going to get him to his appointment next week with some family stuff going on, so now I didn't have to worry about it. Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE our doctor?!?!

Also, Mac thought it was pretty cool that everybody was focused on him, since he'd sat so nicely for the Big's appointment. He was strutting around. So funny. His percentiles were almost exactly what they were for his 15 month check: 32 1/4" (43%), 28 pounds (90%) and 99.7% for head! Yes, it went UP from his last visit! How is the possible when he was already at the 99%?!?! I said he might need to be in some kind of study about big heads!!

We talked about a few things. She was fine with him drinking 2% milk (I should think so!), which we switch him to last month. He isn't a big milk drinker anyway, so I don't think that will affect him much. We talked about napping and that it was normal for him to start switching to one nap a day...or to do both for a while, which is what he's doing now. If we are busy, he can do just one, but if we are at home, he has a hard time staying awake. I wasn't ready for him to go down to one nap for the longest time, but now I think I am. I'll take one long nap over two short naps any day! As you may recall, I have a little anxiety about him having a pacifier when he sleeps. She was like, "um, no, its fine! Do what works!" Thank you! She said we can revisit it at his two year appointment but for now, not to even think about it. OKAY, then! We talked about his visit from his school team on Thursday and she was fine with all of that (his gross motor and verbal skills). To end the appointment, Little Man needed two shots! And here I thought we'd be scott free of shots at this visit! I think he was more pissed about having to lay down on the table than the actual shots. I had "baa, baa black sheet" playing on my phone, so as soon as I picked him up, he was like, "baa baa? baa baa?" and reaching for my phones. Gotta love technology when it helps out!

So, I would say all three are doing pretty darn good! And we don't have another schedule appointment until Mac's two year well child (which I'm sure will come far faster than I'd like!). Again, so happy we were able to get all three done in one visit!!! Now I know I CAN handle it, although we shouldn't have to worry about all three being due at the same time again, I don't think.

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