YES...THAT'S RIGHT...TYLER'S HOMECOMING! As in...Tyler came home! Today was the day...the day we waited for for 143 days...Tyler was discharged! Yep, lovie was doing so well eating and gaining weight, the docs decided that he was finally ready for the "real" world!
Today was an exciting, trying, tearful, jubilant, and long day. It started with Parker's eye exam - eeek! Because we can not take Parker into crowded waiting rooms, he and daddy stayed in the car while mommy checked him in. OMGoodness - the Ophthalmic office was over crowded and running behind. The assistant finally decided that it would easier to walk out to our vehicle to dialate Parker's eyes. When we finally went into the examination room, it had been over an hour! After poor Parker was traumatized, we dropped him off with Auntie and Grammie and left to pick up brother!
Today's discharge was MUCH better than Parker's in way of organization and preparation on the NICU's part. We walked into the room, packed up his personal items, went over paperwork, changed Ty into his "going home" outfit, said some VERY tearful good-byes to nurses, and boogied on out of there. What a surreal moment...walking out of the NICU and knowing we wouldn't return. Or at least IF we return it'll be on OUR terms - ha ha! Maybe a visit in the Spring, after RSV season.
Happiness ensued when Tyler entered the house and we put the boys in the co-sleeper together. Tooo stinkin' cute! We can't wait for the many many memories that will be made in the Thompson household. Watching them together after all of this time was a joyous, tearful jubilation! It's here! It ACTUALLY happened...both of our boys are HOME! Right where they belong.
Relief is what I felt as a ton of bricks just fell off my shoulders. Have I been holding my breath for 4 1/2 months? What a feeling! John and I are beyond elated and feel so very grateful for all of our family and friends - their on-going (what a ride) and un-stoppable support and love. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I can not begin to tell you how much I needed each one of you - yes, just your little note saying "hi" made my day. John and I will never be able to pay back the nurses who saved the boys lives (yes, the UCD nurses are the MOST amazing women you'll ever meet)! They will be with us forever in memory and in the stories [diaper cozies, Chocolate Cake Monday, Allison's "shifting" technique, Mummified Tyler - to name a few] we will tell the boys as they grow up. Especially Monique, Allison, Cathy and Mary...the boys will definitely know them by name!
I know some people are afraid that we will stop posting on the blog - ha ha! It is amazing how many people ended up following our story - we are so touched. We promise to periodically update the blog, but as I've found out the last two weeks, babies are a handful! Ha ha...no, really? And with two, I think our journey will resemble "Mr. Toads Wild Ride"!
Until next time...now go enjoy the pics below!