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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 46

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Look at this, I am posting week 46 during week 46!  Yay!

Week 46 included The March of Dimes’ World Prematurity Day on November 17th.  Over the past several years I have participated as a blogger for the event, but this year I wasn’t able to join in.  However, I made sure I participated on Twitter and my picture of the day was four, well eight, of the closest preemies to me.  If you want to read more about these preemies and their stories check out the links below:

Each one of these preemies left a lasting impression on me and my heart.  It’s amazing to see how such fragile babies can grow up to me such strong and amazing little people!  These are some amazing success stories and I love each one of them!

 

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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Celebrating 7 years with my [sorta] Quad Squad!

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Kids and Cori

I had forgotten this photo existed until I was going through photos looking for a birthday photo for the triplets.  It definitely brought back A LOT of memories of hours, days, months and years spent with these kiddos.  Many people know that I nannied for the triplets for their first five years, until just before Kindergarten when I graduated; however many don’t know that on many occasions I had a forth baby to watch.

Ryan’s birthday is just three days after the triplets’, so it was basically like watching quadruplets for several days a week.  (On top of that I often had their cousin Cody who is about 6 months older and my niece Madison who is 11 months older….we’ll just say I was the worlds fastest diaper changer when I had all 6 in diapers and on my own!).

When the “Quad Squad” was just nine weeks old we even took an amazing trip to Hawaii!  I have extremely fond memories of these babies growing up and am happy to have found this photo showing myself with the kids!

Side Note: I use my blog as an online journal of sorts for myself, my family & friends and I often go back to old blog posts to reminisce of fun times.  However, I started blogging the kids were about 18 months old and I blogged a bunch about our adventures after that; so in order to look back and picture when the “quad squad” was babies I have to go back through old computer photo files.  So whenever I find myself looking at old photos I tend to look for a LONG time!  Love photos so much!

Happy Birthday [today] to Gabbi, Nate & Jack and Happy [early] Birthday to Ryan!

Love these four babies kids so much and the memories I have with them are priceless!

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The Gang Is Together Again!

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to hangout with the triplets and Sophia for a bit.  Like old times we visited our favorite place…the chiropractor.  Or is it just my favorite place?  No, it’s our favorite place they live for the tokens that are given at the end of the appointment! 

While waiting for the doctor, Sophie had fun playing with my camera phone and took some fun photos. 

*The shots where you see a blurry blue Sophie, she somehow set a timer on my camera phone and tried to take photos of herself….as you can see it didn’t work so well Smile  I still am not sure what setting she changed, seems like a cool tool – we just needed a longer wait between setting the camera and it taking…we had like 2 seconds!  Sophie’s fast, but as you can see not nearly fast enough!

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And then of course some group self-portraits….they aren’t to bad considering how small the screen is and how far away I had to reach to get us all in the photo!  I’m sure the other patients in the office thought I was a crazy woman as I kept telling the kids

          “Sophie stand taller”

          “Nate scoot closer to Gabbi

          “Don’t forget to smile!”

          “SMILE I SAID!”

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After the chiropractor we all went back to my house for homemade brownies and cool whip….yummy!

The best moment of the afternoon was when Jack turns to me and goes “I love you, Cori”.  Ahhh that just made my day!

I love these kids so much!  It was great to get to spend some time alone with them!

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It’s A Preemie Thing {#MarchOfDimes}

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Today is World Prematurity Day where focus everyone’s attention on the global problem of premature birth.  I participated in this day of awareness in 2009 and 2010.  I’m excited to be back and participating again in 2012!

For my senior project in high school, I had the opportunity to job shadow a perinatologist (a high risk ob/gyn) on the labor and delivery floor of a major Seattle hospital.  During the week I spent on the L&D floor, I had the opportunity to visit and spend time in their NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and see real live babies born to early.

The Stats: Each year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born prematurely (born before 37 weeks gestation) or one in every eight babies born. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born prematurely every year. Of those 15 million, 1 million babies will not make it while the other 14 million struggle to survive MarchOfDimes

With those statistics whirling around in the back of my head, I still remember that moment when I walked into the Level III NICU.  The smells, the beeps, the sight of hurried people moving.  There was a definite sense of anxiety, but it was well masked by doctors and nurses in full control keeping fragile lives alive.

I will always remember being brought to the isolette of a micro-preemie (baby born before 26 weeks gestation).  She weighed just over a one-pound and was just slightly bigger then my hand.  She was shockingly small, however at the same time she was perfectly formed. 

While I was cooing over this beautiful baby, the nurse who accompanied through the NICU through in a little side-note. 

Did you know that you can legally abort up until 24 weeks gestation”

Panic flew across my heart and mind.  This baby that was laying in front of me was born at 25 weeks, even though she was extremely small and on a variety of machines keeping her alive she was PERFECT. 

The thought of someone being able to abort a pregnancy at 24 weeks, just one week earlier then this baby being born, made me sick to my stomach.

I sat at that incubator for the longest time watching her fight for her life.  Watching. Thinking. Contemplating. Praying.

I spent maybe a half an hour in the NICU that day, but it has left a lasting memory on me.

I think about that baby from time to time and wonder if she was one of the lucky ones who survived.  How she is doing now and to see the young lady she turned into (she would be going on 9 years old now!).

I remember the first time I got to hold a preemie.  Gabrielle was 1 week old (born at 33 weeks), just out of her isolette in the NICU, weighing just under four pounds and wrapped in a pink blanket that was about three-times the size of her.  My mom held her first and when it was finally my turn to hold her I sat down in the rocking chair and put my arms out for my mom to hand her over

I felt the blanket in my arms, but no baby so I told my mom, I was ready.  To my shock my mom replied, I already did.

Gabbi was so teeny that it felt like I was just holding the blanket, when in reality she was in my arms.

I visited the NICU many times during the month the triplets spent in their.  One of the visits, I actually got to see Jack have his first sink bath!  I have amazing memories of my time I spent with them during that fragile time in their lives.

I watched them learn to maintain their body temperature in the isolettes.  Then get off the C-Pap machines, oxygen and apnea monitors once they learned how to breathe {reliably} on their own. And into one giant crib that the three shared.

I treasured the time I got to spend with the Harrington’s and the triplets during that very scary and special time in their lives.

I think the biggest thing I learned about premature babies is they are unpredictable and that It’s A Preemie Thing!

For more information about premature births, the March of Dimes and World Prematurity Day, be sure to check out the following sites!

Ohhhhh…and in honor of the March of Dimes 75th Anniversary, on January 3, 2013 the White House will be lighted PURPLE as a symbol of hope for families with babies born to soon.  A petition was set-up on WhiteHouse.org with a goal of 25,000 signatures in just one month!  On November 16th, Cynthia S, of Connecticut, was the 25,000 person to sign this petition! 

You can still sign the petition to show your support for premature babies and the March of Dimes until Sunday, November 18th.  As of right now (11/16 @ 9:11pm), 25,227 people have signed!

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Check Out my other March of Dimes posts about prematurity and the preemies that I know.

…..just remember one of my favorite quotes “it’s a preemie thing!” 

Happy World Prematurity Day!

Miss Me?

Today marks 2 months and 1 day since I last blogged.  Crazy.  Well, I guess crazy in my previous blog-centric life.  That life doesn’t seem to exist anymore, or at least it hasn’t in the last few months.  However, the last week or so, I’ve started to get the bug again….most likely with promptings from my blogging buddies: Nicki (Punflay Kids), Sherri (Old Tweener) and Jackie (With Just a Big of Magic) and my in-real-life friends and family.  I

‘m actually coming up with blog worthy posts.  I’m excited to once again enter the blogosphere and contribute.  It’s been a long time!  I’m excited to have the spark to want to write again!  I think I’ve missed it!

Where have I been?

Honestly, no where.

This working serving full-time, 40 hours  a week, is kicking my butt.  BIG TIME.  By the time I get home at night I am exhausted and the last thing I want to do is get on my computer and blog.  You would think that the work I’m doing would be a whole lot easier then watching triplets full-time, but to tell you the truth, I’m more tired after an 8 hour day at Baby Corner then I ever was at the triplets house…and trust me I worked a lot harder watching three kids, then I currently do.

I’m not sure what the difference is.

I’m not complaining, because I love what I’m doing.  The days fly by…as do the nights!  I’m out in the community looking for volunteers and donors to become supports of Eastside Baby Corner.  I’m helping plan and organize events, setting up and coordinating drives and on the computer A LOT.  (For the first time in my life I understand why my dad never wanted to get on the computer when he got home….I’m now that person!)  Work is fun!

I can honestly say, I do not miss school.  It’s so nice to come home and the end of the day and be DONE.  No tests to think about, papers to write, text books to read.  I go home and I can relax.  Even after being done with school for a few months now, I am still relishing in my new found time to relax.

I have to admit, one of the pluses to being in school is watching the triplets.  I do miss watching the triplets.  I spent nearly 5 years…their entire life…with them and it’s hard to go from seeing them every day to just a couple times a week at the bus stop.  Yes, I said bus stop….the triplets are in Kindergarten now.

Sigh.

They grew up.

I grew up.

We’re all moving on.  My new life is great.  I’m just still getting used to it!

I am hopeful to re-introduce blogging into my new busy schedule.  I’m going to start on with the goal of getting a post up Monday, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.  So keep me honest.  Hound me.  Tweet me.  Facebook me.  Text me!  Help me bring blogging back into my life!  PLEASE!

Hugs!

Happy 5th Birthday to “My” Triplets!

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How are Jack, Nate and Gabbi 5 years old?

My babies are all grown up!

Happy Birthday to You and You and You!

Click HERE to read about their 2nd birthday
Click HERE to read about their 3rd birthday
Click HERE to read about their 4th birthday


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2011 Blog in Review

Every year I say this, but it’s so true – where did the year go?  It feels like it was just yesterday that I wrote my 2010 Blog in Review and about a month since I wrote my 2009 Blog in Review.  How is it possible that I’m sitting down to write my 2011 Blog in Review?  Just blows my mind!

 

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In January, Jack professed his love for me in a silly iPhone video!
          Originally posted on January 20, 2011.

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In February, Madison shocked myself and Jaime when she climbed the REI Rock!
          Originally posted on February 7, 2011.

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In March, I got super sick and was in/out of the ER and doctor.  While it wasn’t a “favorite” time of the year it clearly was memorable!  If you want to read part 2 and part 3 of my awful March click HERE and HERE.
          Originally posted on March 4, 2011.

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In April, I bought myself a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera!  I’ve had a great time learning how to use my new camera!  For Christmas my parents got me an online photography class!  Cannot wait to start!
          Originally posted on April 2, 2011.

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In May, I took the triplets to the park and had an impromptu photo shoot!  This was my first attempt at being a photographer!
          Originally posted on May 4, 2011.

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In June, my family took a trip to Cabo San Lucas for a week of fun in the sun!  Click HERE to see all my Cabo fun!
          Originally posted on June 20, 2011.

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In July, Julia & I participated in our first craft fair for our Etsy Store, Blue Eyed Blessings, where we sold and shared our beautiful hair bows and accessories!
          Originally posted on July 25, 2011.

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In August, we actually had a gorgeous warm day where we spent a wonderful day at the beach and playing in the sound!
          Originally posted on August 9, 2011.

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In September, MacKenzie celebrated her 4th birthday!  Love this little girl!
          Originally posted on September 23, 2011.

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In October, I shared an extremely embarrassing story when my Big Mouth failed me!!
          Originally posted on October 17, 2011.

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In November, I was diagnosed with PTSD after after months of panic attacks, which resulted from a scary experience of ‘losing’ a child during the summer.
         Originally posted on November 6 , 2011.

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In December, Alex left for BYU-Idaho in typical Benson Family flair …. with drama and anxiety!
          Originally posted on December 28, 2011.

 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

Mama’s Losin’ It1.) This year in blog posts…choose a favorite post from each month of 2011 and share.

A Look Back At Fall *Photo Challenge*

Shades of Autumn Photo ChallengeWow, here it is the end of November.  Fall is almost gone and Old Man Winter is knocking at the door.  Time just flies … I can’t decide if that’s good or bad!  Over the last seven weeks, I almost successfully completed the Shades of Autumn: A Photo Challenge hosted by Kristi {Live and Love Outloud}, Alicia {Project Alicia} and their newest co-host, Rebecca {Bumbles of Light}.   I only missed one week and linked up with myself to make up for that week!

Now, a look back at my favorite photos over the last seven weeks!

 

 

Week 1: Pipeline Pictures *Photo Challenge: Green*fav fall-green

 

Week 2: Emilia’s Little Bit of Sunshine *Photo Challenge: Yellow*DSC_0258 - bw

 

Week 3: Pumpkin Patch Pickings *Photo Challenge: Orange*fav fall-orange

 

Week 4: Beautiful Tree Lined Streets *Photo Challenge: Red*fav fall-red

 

Week 5: Bouquet *Photo Challenge: Purple*fav fall-purple

 

Week 6: Hershey’s Chocolate Covered Pretzels with M&Ms! *Photo Challenge: Brown*fall fav-brown

 

Week 7: Triplet Photo Shoot: Take 2 *Photo Challenge: White*
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Thanks again Kristi, Alicia and Rebecca for hosting the Shades of Fall Photo Challenge!

 

This post is also part of Wordless Wednesday on the following blogs:
Parenting For Dummies & Seven Clown Circus
And Then, She {Snapped}
Live and Love…Out Loud
Crazy About My Baybah!
Project Alicia

 

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