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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Feed & Grow

We're pretty much in "feed and grow" mode right now so there's not much to say.

Tyler has not yet finished an entire bottle during a feed, but continues to drink from a full-flow bottle. This is good and shows progress because he takes a little more milk each time. His sats weren't great today but I think it's partially because his cannula needed to be changed, which happened later this afternoon. Hopefully tonight he'll relax and begin to breathe better. The only thing keeping him in the NICU now is eating (he needs to bottle feed every time) and his oxygen requirements (he's still de-satting too much).

Here is daddy's hand on Tyler's head as he's settling down for the night. Goodnight little buddy!

Parker's surgery is still unknown because the surgeon's schedule hasn't determined whether he'll go in Friday or wait until early next week. Tomorrow we should know more.

Parker's eating has improved and he is now bottle feeding around 80% of all meals. Because he has not started "feeding on demand", when he's tired and doesn't finish all of his milk, the remaining is gavaged (put through the feeding tube). As long as he needs gavage feeds, he'll stay in the NICU.

Overall, good uneventful day with good snuggles from both boys!

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