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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, March 11

Tantrums and transitions

Yesterday was a big day for Mac...he graduated from PT! They are so impressed with how much progress he has made with his gross motor skills (well, with EVERYTHING!) that they didn't feel it necessary to come back for the April meeting! We are supposed to keep working on going up (and then eventually down) the stairs standing up. He HATES doing it right now, so they said to just keep trying on and off. Based on his history, she doesn't think he will just do it on his own but he could start to copy his siblings. We'll see, I guess (I'm not overly concerned about this because he won't be five going to Kindergarten going backwards down the stairs!!). One more thing...but that is a minor thing.

She liked that he was "jumping" on the pillow on the ground and on her little trampoline that she brought along and that he is running, just not very quickly or smoothly yet. It will come. I also told her that I thought of her when he was walking on the uneven ground when outside the other day...and he did really well! She loved that.

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I mentioned that he holds his right hand in a fist whenever he bears weight on it. While she said it is unusual, but because he can use the hand in a normal way (holding a spoon, playing with toys, picking things up, etc.) she wasn't concerned. But if things changed to let her know.

It is bitter sweet. I am beyond happy that Mac has done so well with the help of physical therapy but it is nice to have a monthly check in on how he is doing and what he should be doing. Kind of like mini well-child visits! But he is very healthy and strong and seems to have caught up developmentally in all areas. I guess I just hope that continues!

And before they came over at 9am, he had two tantrums...a first for him (well, having ONE was a first, let alone two!). The first one had something to do with cereal, the bowl or the milk...I think. I have no idea what the second one was about, but I'm sure equally trivial. While I know the Terrible Twos are right around the corner, I've been enjoying this reprieve. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE the sweet spot between around 12 and 24 months (give or take). They don't have tantrums yet (without a clear reason, at least), they don't talk back and they are so sweet and loving!

This is Mac winding down from his second tantrum (NOTHING compared to how he was earlier, of course!):
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I was afraid the Terrible Twos had shown up in force...but after his PT team left, he took a monster nap AND was gnawing on his nukkie like crazy. So, it might have been a combination of being tired and his darn two year molars (come in already!!!). But at the end of the day, we have a very strong willed boy, so I'm sure the Terrible Twos will be a blast, regardless of when the monster named Terrible Two comes uninvited and won't leave or listen to reason!

Here's to tantrums and transitions!!

Mac "cleaning up" the frosting from Tucker's cake:

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