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.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


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!


Anonymous said...

Miracles X 2! What a beautiful day. What beautiful pictures. What a beautiful family.
Thank you for sharing all that you do. And thank goodness you promised to keep us informed and share photos now and then. Do you realize some folks want a "field trip" to the Thompson home so they can actually meet the infamous Thompson Twins we have grown to love? Maybe you will have to have the biggest 1st birthday party anyone around here has ever seen! I will check in to Cal Expo's booking schedule for you.
Congratulations & enjoy!

Anne E. said...

There is nothing else to say except congratulations! Congratulations and more congratulations. We're so happy for you both!

Anonymous said...

Oh what an answer to prayers! Well, 2 answers... Not that we will not continue praying now - this time it will be in thanksgiving that both boys are home and thriving! Now you get to do the "feed and grow" thing - what a RELIEF and JOY! God Bless!
Eileen Mahoney (Girl Scouts)

Laura said...

Congratulations Heather and John! What a wonderful holiday season you guys will have with your boys at home now. So much to be thankful for! Take care, Laura (AKA Stacy's friend)

Samantha said...

Yey! How exciting! congratulations...I am so happy for you. Hope all stays well and talk to you soon. Much love!

Alice said...

Hello Heather and John, I've been following your blog from the beginning. My wedding was just the day before your boys joined the world! I'm so happy they are finally home. All the love in the world- Alice Keema (formerly Wojdac)

Cindy said...

What a great day! It will go down in Thompson Family history.

Now the fun really begins. Enjoy every moment. Before you know it, Tyler and Parker will be walking across the stage at graduation! Good luck and God bless.

Cindy Cutts

Renee said...

I am a friend of Kim's and I have been watching your blog for a while now!!! Congrats on having your two boys home. I cried tears of joy for you when I saw the pictures. Wow!!!