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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Weekend Fun!

So, as you will see from the pics below, we had A LOT of fun this weekend! We were lucky enough to have an awesome nurse who made one of our desires a reality - to hold both boys at one time! With help from a respiratory therapist, John and I were able to hold the boys at one time. What fun it was to get them together and experience some "bonding" moments. Okay, let's not get too far off course, I'm not sure the boys actually realized the other was there, but it was a lot of fun anyway!

Today was a good but challenging day. The boys are great, in fact that's part of the "challenge". The boys are starting to recognize our voices and want to be held when they hear us. Not a problem when two people are present to hold - but absolutely heart breaking when you're one mom with two crying boys beckoning you. And Parker has figured out "the squeaky wheel" theory - gotta watch that one! The doctors came by and decided to keep things "status quo". I met the pediatric surgeon who will be performing Parker's hernia surgery. We will follow up with him when the boys get out of the hospital to continue watching Parker's umbilical hernia and Tyler's hydrocele (both of which should self-resolve). Parker's inguinal hernia will be fixed approximately 5-7 days before discharge.

The biggest thing happening right now is Parker trying to eat. Last night the nurse tried giving Parker a bottle but he immediately went bradycardic and desatted each time he drank. Sounds like he doesn't have the suck, swallow, breathe down - he is at the suck and choke stage! Tomorrow he will have a feeding evaluation and be put on a feeding "plan" to help him transition into oral feeds. I also tried once again to breastfeed. THIS is hilarious! Parker latches on, sucks a couple of times, realizes it's not his paci and then quits. At least today he was much more comfortable with the concept (yesterday was a "challenging" attempt). I will continue to try breastfeeding every day - who knows, maybe one day he'll just "get it"!

Well, each day gets harder and harder because the boys are getting better and better. Yes, it's harder to LEAVE! Ugh...breaks my heart! If we had our own room with a bed and bathroom, I'd be there all the time. I'm not sure they really want parents staying THAT much though - ha ha! All I know is that I'm beyond ready to have boys at home. It just couldn't come too soon for me! Patience is a what...?

Oh and btw, I have to say that I just LOVE the news segment - didn't the boys do such a good job? ha ha... We were shocked by the air time - what shots of Parker! I HAVE to get a copy of that footage - little superstars! I was surprised at how many people actually saw the segment as it aired. No, we're not starting up acting careers!

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