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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, July 27

Click. Take a pic!

Yesterday, Mac had his 3 year pictures taken. And I was NOT looking forward to it. He was HORRIBLE (like possessed by the Devil, horrible) at his well child appointment last week so my expectations were very low. BUT...I wanted at least a couple good pictures. I prayed on the way there that he would just have SOME compliance. He fell asleep about 10 minutes before we got there, so I sat in the van until exactly 10 am (I didn't want to be late but wanted him to get as much sleep as possible).

Honestly, he wasn't great, but I shouldn't have worries. Renee, our photographer whom we've used since Mac was 18 months old) was wonderful with him. I think she could tell I was stressed out when we walked in and she told me that we had plenty of time and to just let him play with the toys/props for a while. (i.e. just breathe!) I immediately calmed down and we got started.

And the funny thing, this was the first picture she took and it was a keeper...like "We got it. We're done!" LOL I worry for nothing.


That is your one sneak peek! If you want to see all of them, click here or copy and paste: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JbdBxbtrqWpZjEef2

As you will see, we also got a couple family and sibling pictures. Renee really does a great job! If anybody is in need of a great photographer, check out her website: http://www.reneefromdassel.com/

Thursday, July 20

Mac's 3 year well child

I was actually looking forward to Mac's 3 year well child appointment yesterday. He seems so healthy and other than a few minor things, I had no concerns.

Until we got there. He was HORRIBLE during the appointment. Like I wanted to tranquilize him. He has NEVER acted like this before. Thankfully, the doctor just laughed and said he was the second three year old she had that morning and the other went exactly the same way. Argh! I HATE THREE! Where did my sweet, compliant baby go? I'll tell you: far, far away!

Anyway, here are his stats as of 7/19/17:
Height: 39.25" which is 88% (34", 49% at 2 year)
Weight: 39.8 lbs which is 97% (33.2 lbs, 94% at 2 year)
BMI: 94%
(they no longer measure head circumference, but I'm sure it was still 99%)

So basically, he's huge, which we already knew. Again, she assured me that he remains on his curve and since his BMI has always been along that curve (and so have my other two kiddos, for the record, which she also reminded me!), she is NOT concerned about it. Argh!

She was shocked about his height and double checked it and still didn't believe it. He grew FIVE INCHES in one year! Holy moly. And his length is all body because he still fits in 3T for length (or at least I think so since he doesn't wear pants very often in the summer!).

She said that since his hernia hasn't gone away by now, it most likely won't on its own, which we already knew. But since it is a cosmetic procedure (but one he has to go under for), she strongly recommended waiting until we can piggy-back on something else (like if he needs tubes or something). But she also said that if he gets self-conscious about it or if there is any kind of "reason" we want to do it, that she would write a referral right away. On the other hand, recovery is easier when they are younger, so I don't want to wait TOO long. But for now, we have decided to wait. It shouldn't be an issue until he gets a little older. We'll see. Optimistically, I do feel like it has gotten a little smaller, but that could just be because he's gotten bigger.

I asked about Mac having allergies. I realized after last winter that Mac had a runny nose all the time but wasn't actually sick with a cold. Then I started thinking that maybe it was allergies. On top of that, he's always had sensitive, dry skin but for the last few months, he scratches it until it bleeds. On both accounts, she thought it could be allergies and recommended trying OTC Zertec the next time I see it happening. If that doesn't help, then she wanted to see him again. Hopefully this winter is different and it isn't a problem (one can hope, right?).

And that would have been it except when she was doing her exam...she found he had a double ear infection! Like, seriously?!?! I felt terrible because I had no idea, but what can you do. He is my enigma that only gets ear infections during the summer! So, antibiotics for now and hopefully it goes away and stays away. While it would be nice to have a reason to get his belly button fixed, I really don't want tubes!

And that was it. Other than feeling like I ran a marathon when we were done. Seriously, he was horrible, if you didn't get that from earlier. Overall, a healthy, rambunctious preschooler!

Wednesday, July 19

ER trip

So, we had to take Korri to the ER yesterday. All five of us were out shopping and we just needed a few last groceries at Byerly's. The kids were getting on our last nerve. Jim needed to buy meat, so I took them with me to get some baking stuff. I mean, I just needed some freaking PUDDING!

They were running back and forth, which didn't particularly bother me because we were the only ones in the aisle, but they were being very loud. I told them several times to stop and quiet down but I was focused on getting the right kind of pudding for Mac's birthday cake (important stuff, I know!).

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Korri trip and hit the shelf behind me. I turned around (probably to say something like "see, I told you!) and as I was turning back, I saw blood spurting all over. Like it took me a second to realize what was happening. She'd split her freaking forehead open from the brunt force of the impact on the shelf!!

I know this sounds silly but I'd just watched a reality TV show where this same thing just happened to one of the moms and her kid on there and she handled it very calmly (and because of that I knew head wounds bleed a lot, even if they aren't really bad). Having watched that helped me SO much.

I dropped down to where she was and clamped my hand over her cut. I looked at Finn in the eye (so he'd know this is serious) and told him to go get daddy right now and tell him Korri was hurt. A man walked over to see if we needed help, which I thought was very kind because if Jim hadn't been there, I would have needed help. Jim came over (beyond pissed) but grabbed some napkins from the deli so I could put them over the cut.

I then called our clinic (which happens to have an office just down the road) but they said they don't do stitches on the face and to take her directly to West Health ER. Great. So I walked with Korri out to the van while Jim took care of stuff instead (the store manager gave him her card in case we needed anything) and we went to the ER.


This pic was after they cleaned it up and it stopped bleeding (she had blood all over, like even on her flip flops!). The staff was AWESOME at West Health! Like, so good. They honestly turned a horrible situation into one that at the very least won't cause lasting damage to Korri's psyche and her scar should be minimal. Once they put numbing gel on it, she was able to calm down. They had a child therapist come in and talk to her and explain what was going to happen and give her some Disney princesses to play with and sheets to color (did they have Korri pegged or what?!?!). The therapist was AMAZING!!


After prepping her for stitches, the doctor came in, looked at the cut and decided glue was the way to go, which I think was easier for her.


It honestly looks like a very clean cut and should heal very nicely. They said the #1 thing for healing scars is sunscreen for the next twelve months! Yikes. I think I'll get some scar cream, too, since it is on her face. Hopefully it just blends in with her smile wrinkles!!

All's well that ends well. I felt like the worse mom in the world and had to keep myself in check not to burst into tears. I second guessed myself the whole time and kept thinking I should have been watching them closer but in the end, it was an honest accident. There was some talk about whether or not Finn tripped her, but it doesn't matter. Even if he did, he did not want this to happen.

So, the Thomas family has now had our first trip to the ER. And I hope our last ;)