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 11, 2008

Two Steps Forward...

Guest Blogger: Yes, the wife had to take over tonight because daddy is just tooo tuckered to blog. So John had to work today and is just exhausted...what the? Okay, so I am focusing on what I like to see...the pictures! This ensures little text and a short, sweet and to the point message.

There was a BIG change today, thus the "two steps forward...". Tyler has taken a lot of steps forward lately, so I guess it was his turn to take a step back. I received a call this afternoon from Tyler's nurse "warning" me that when we came in today we'd see Tyler back on the CPAP. Ugh. Not that pesky CPAP! This device drove BOTH boys absolutely bonkers - and us too. Because Tyler's heart rate was still hitting over 200 the doctor thought it best to not push his breathing anymore and let the machine take over for a while. These CPAPs are new to the hospital and the nurses so our visit today consisted of a lot of "fidgeting" with the device. John and I gave our many opinions to "help" the nurse (ha ha...) and by the time we left...well, Tyler was still wiggling out of the cannula. It ended up in his mouth multiple times today! His number on the monitor would desat...down....down...the bells would ring...we'd go over to the isolette and what'd we see? Tyler sucking on his cannula! "That's supposed to go in your nose, not your mouth silly!" Back to fighting him as the cannula is driven up his nose and that crazy, absurd hat is again adjusted! We were happy to hear during our phone call with Tyler's nurse tonight that Tyler was getting used to the CPAP again and was doing well. You think the nurses just say that to prevent parents from worrying? Hum...

Parker had a good day with very little change. The plan for him is "status quo" with little changes to the vent each day. So far he is handling all of them - and that's a GOOD THING! I'm glad the boys are understanding that they need to take turns stepping back. There are some cute pics of Parker wide awake! In fact he was so observant he was freaking John out - "Why is Parker so awake and staring like that?" The good thing is that Parker is tracking really well with his eyes. I will periodically talk to him and he will follow my voice with his eyes...good sign.

Well, I think that's the sum of the day. I will be spending solo time with the boys tomorrow. Yes, John's work schedule has him booked ALL day and night! What the....? I look forward to a mommy bonding day - and then I have my postpartum follow tomorrow night. Can you believe UCD makes appointments at night? That place never sleeps! Let's hope my hypertension has waned...ha ha!

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