Welcome to Tyler and Parker Thompson's Blog

Tyler and Parker Thompson arrived on June 23, 2008 at only 26 weeks and 4 days old, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces (Parker) and 1 pound 10 ounces (Tyler). Parker spent 129 days (home 10/30/08) in the NICU, while brother Tyler spent 143 (home 11/13/08). We are thrilled to have our family complete with both boys home!

This blog was created by John (the daddy) to inform family and friends (and now new acquaintances) of the twins progression. Below is the blog archive dating back to the week Heather (the mommy) was admitted to the hospital. We try to post weekly updates, but on occasion the week gets the best of us.

Monday, August 4, 2008


August 4 9:21 pm

You've really been looking forward to it. You get your snacks ready, your soda, beer, wine or beverage of choice all set up on the coffee table. You've called "dibs" on the best couch pillow and you've got yourself perfectly situated. You turn on the TV and flip on that program you've been thinking about all day. You've worked your butt off all day, done all the things you were supposed to do once you got home.....now it's time to enjoy a little mind candy. The show starts and the "previously on..." stuff comes on.....it just gets you more excited about what's coming up. Your right where you want to be.....and the phone rings.....forget it, any idiot that isn't enjoying the best show on TV right now and is calling me deserves to be screened out so you hit pause on your DVR ( isn't this just about the best invention ever created!!!!) and let the answering machine pick it up....it's not an emergency so you decide to call them back.....you can't talk with them now your drink will get warm......then your cell phone rings......okay this person is annoying me more......you wait for it to stop......hit play and start watching.....all is good.....until the network station breaks in with a "special report"......it's some stupid actor who has crashed their car while driving intoxicated ( which brings up a pet peeve tangent of mine......these people have more money than they will ever need...why the hell don't they hire someone to drive them around if they are going out drinking.....COME ON!!!! I save up forever to, once in while, get a limo to go out, why the hell are these people driving themselves anywhere!!!) or if it's not some stupid celebrity it's a report on how the Vice President just shot someone.....neither situation interests me at all, let alone enough to interrupt my mind candy!!! Well today we had a NICU interuptus (yes I know Mark, "interuptus" isn't a word, but come on, would it be me if I wasn't making up words to fit my needs??). We get there and check in with all the normal things and get Heather settled in right away cuddling Tyler. Thirty minutes later we get the boot. Some other baby had to get surgery bedside and they needed a sterile environment!!! Like we aren't clean enough for their little surgery!!! COME ON!!! Okay, enough with the funny analogy. It was actually pretty sad and reminded us of some of our past good fortunes. This baby was having the heart surgery to close the PDA......the same surgery that both boys were on the brink of having a few weeks ago, but luckily avoided as their PDA's closed with the medication. We gladly left for a couple of hours and came back. Unfortunately, by then, Tyler wasn't really up for being held. That's pretty much the story of the day. The roller coaster continues. It isn't much yet and hopefully won't be, but Ty just wasn't himself today. He got a blood transfusion to help him out and hopefully it will, but he was just really lethargic today. The past few days he has been really aware and engaging with us.....not so much today. He barely opened his eyes and just really wasn't aware of much around him. He needed much more oxygen than he has been needing lately. We'll see how the midnight call goes tonight. Parker seems to have leveled off. The anti-biotics are still flowing. He must be making some improvements as the docs have increased his feedings some today. A pretty low key day for Park as he just works on feeling better. My big interuptus begins tomorrow. With the exception of a few days a week ago when I took my stud gov kids on their retreat, I have pretty much been able to focus all of my attention on the family. That luxury ends tomorrow when I start back to work full time. Students don't come back for a couple more weeks, but I have a ton of work that I need to do starting tomorrow. It will be a little frustrating to be focused on something other than my family, but I feel very fortunate to have been able to be this focused for so long. Life goes on and adjustments made. Blogs may be a bit shorter from now on......I know some of you are cheering right now.....but I'll be sure to keep up on the important info......even if the tangents dissipate.

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