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 25, 2008

Taj Mahal Thompson

Mommy had a BIG day with the boys today as they were reunited! Yes, Parker moved into the Koala Room with his brother this afternoon. I was THRILLED beyond belief! John and I have been told multiple times that "they are trying to get it done" but after the third baby was moved into the room, we sort of lost hope. But today it actually happened and brothers are again growing together side by side. Well, as "side by side" as you can get in the NICU (see pics below). The benefit to the boys sharing the Koala Room is that they are the ONLY ones on this side of the room, thus it's quieter and they will share a nurse (how nice it'll be to get information about both boys from the same source). We also won't have to separate ourselves and our time to be with both boys anymore. What a relief! Hopefully they will stay together in the Koala until they are discharged (not sure if this is possible, but we can hope). So John and I just called Lisa, the night nurse, and she said the boys were de-satting in unison. Not really the kind of behavior we want them to model but it's kind of cute that they are being so "twin like"!
Tyler also had a BIG day with the addition of a HUGS infant protection system alarm. I guess when babies get to a certain weight and ability they are armed with security ankle bands so they can not be stolen. You can see from the picture that this is no small device! It feels good knowing that Tyler is safe from kidnapping!
Stats: Tyler is about the same except his liter flow was decreased from 5 to 4. If he can remain steady on 4 they will not put him back on the CPAP device, so we are praying that he doesn't get tuckered out. His oxygen level was around 50% which is okay. Parker had a series of tests today that showed fluid in his lungs and a high CO2 level. Because his oxygen level was also over 60%, the doctors gave him a blood transfusion and started a diuretic treatment to increase oxygen flow and reduce fluids in his body. Poor little guy continues to have a TON of secretions and needs to be suctioned ALL the time. I can tell the tube irritates him and I JUST can't wait to get him off of that vent. Let's hope today's treatments will begin the cycle to extubation!
So I have darling pics of the boys below. Well, I think they are darling but I am the mom! I tell you, I can look at these little love muffins all day long...and believe me, I have!


Andrew said...

Wow! this looks like quite a story! I just heard through the grapevine what was happening and am glad to be on board. Just want you to know that I am sending my love you all!

Andrew Carroll

Cindy said...

There is an energy that's generated by twins and just watch, Parker is going to thrive on it. Even though Casey and Halley weren't technically twins, they grew up as twins and they had a kenetic connection that was unexplainable. While life seems to be crawling at a snail's pace, actually, having two whopping FOUR POUNDER babies is pretty incredible. Hang tough. There's a lot more stress ahead as they come home and really take over your lives!!!!

God bless, Cindy Cutts

Kate said...

Hey Thompson!! Congratulations!! The boys are the cutest I have ever seen!! I know they will be ok because they are Thompson Twins!! My thoughts are with you all.