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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, August 3

Did they pass?

All three kiddos had swimming lessons over the last two weeks. We had to find a different pool because the Delano pool was closed due to renovations/construction at the high school. I HATE figuring out new things, but Cokato (where we have gone before) only did lessons through the beginning of July. And I learned last summer that we can not do swimming lessons at the same time as other things. Too stressful!

So I looked around and decided on having lessons at Watertown. This was Mac's first time having lessons without momma (yay for momma!). Korri has always loved lessons but Finn has not. So, I was happy that all three were looking forward to it. We found where we needed to go (even though the pool is NOT labeled from the hallway...are you supposed to just know it is there?!?!).

The last two weeks have been very busy. We tried to fit karate in as much as we could, which was either immediately before or immediately after swimming lessons! I enrolled Mac in Preschool level 2, even though he should have been in Preschool level 1 because it was his first time...but it was the only one right after the Big's lessons and he does AMAZING in the water, so I wasn't worried. And he did great. I enrolled the Big's in level 2 (neither passed level 2 last year, even though Finn was SUPER close).

Korri seemed not to put a huge effort forward during lessons, which isn't like her. Finn, on the other hand, was swimming all over the place the entire time! I was shocked. He actually enjoyed himself. I really believe the change in attitude is due in part to how much we go to hotels where they can swim. He has gotten so much better over the last year. However, both Bigs said they couldn't tread-water for 15 seconds, which is required to pass on to level 3, so I was thinking we'd just do level 2 again next year.

Drum roll...

All three passed (look at the bottom check mark)! I was so proud of them. So next summer, we will hopefully be back at Delano (I was underwhelmed with the instructors, the teaching style and the cleanliness of the facilities), and Mac will be in Preschool level 3 (he can't go into Level 1 until he is six or with special permission) and Korri and Finn will be in Level 3...which is in the deep end! Yikes!

Video of Mac jumping in:

Once they pass level 3, which may take a few tries, I told them they can stop with lessons. I just want to know that if they fall into the water, they can tread water or swim to safety. There are too many bodies of water in Minnesota to have them not know how to confidently swim.

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