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.
Well, Tyler's idea of trying to roll over is lifting his head and looking around or just lying down and napping. He's not quite getting the "fire in his belly" to roll over. But he looks cute not trying!
"I can lift my head exceptionally well, what else do you want from me?"
So, Parker is getting closer and closer to rolling over on his own. He stretches his arm up, but his other arm always gets caught beneath him and he can't get enough momentum to roll over it. I'm sure he'll get frustrated enough to get over one of these days!
This was just too cute! I just HAD to get this picture because Tyler is sleeping face up, with his back against the chair - normally the boys fall asleep face forward. He just looked so sweet zonked out after SUCH hard play! The simple things...
Good news - no more oxygen at night! The boys officially do NOT need supportive oxygen anymore! Our Pulmonology appointment on Friday was extremely positive. The doctor said the boys lungs sound great, the boys look good and he gave John and me a "pat on the back" for doing a great job with the boys. Believe it or not, he said that some parents aren't vigilant about keeping their children on schedule with meds and oxygen! I couldn't believe it - why would you NOT make sure your child gets EVERY dose of medicine and ALL of the oxygen she/he needs? Wow...I was amazed to hear this - the boys are just such a blessing to us.
Friday was a big day because the boys had another round of Synagis, their RSV shot. We look forward to RSV season being over so we don't have to come in for monthly shots anymore! And we are really looking forward to getting out of the house more. Not that visiting the doctor isn't fun or anything - ha ha! We'd like to visit some more interesting places where we don't have to strip and weigh the boys and keep them entertained for an hour or more! ;o)
Well, we made the transition into the bedroom - the boys that is! They've been sleeping in their co-sleeper downstairs since they arrived home and with the deletion of oxygen, it was time to move them upstairs. Saturday we cleaned, organized and set up the boys room for sleeping. They've spent two nights in their crib and so far, so good. The ONLY issue is that the boys are upstairs and Parker's bottles (and the comfy rocker) is downstairs. It feels good to get into a night routine and finally get closer to "normal". The new challenge is getting the boys into a sleeping schedule. They nap randomly during the day and sleep about eight hours each night. According to my research, they should be sleeping about 14 or 15 hours total and I don't think the boys are getting that much sleep. John and I tried to put them in their cribs yesterday to take a nap and they cried "bloody murder" until we got them. So I resorted to my sleeping tricks and stuck Tyler in the swing and put Parker in the activity center until they both crashed. Any tips are welcomed!
Below are some fun pics of the boys in their new Bumbo chairs. They are the perfect size for the boys - they can practice sitting up and have little trays for their "goodies". Parker immediately "took" to his chair, but I think Tyler was looking for more action! Gotta love em!
Well, we've been dealing with Tyler sickness. John and I spent a couple of days collecting his poopie samples for a number of tests - one frozen, two in liquid and three smears. As I sat in my kitchen scooping up Tyler's smelly "goodies", I just had to take a moment and reflect - "So THIS is what my life has become?" Ha ha...it was QUITE amusing! John and Tyler went to the Pediatrician today after Ty's temp went over 100 degrees. The doctor didn't think Tyler picked up RSV (which was our concern), but said he might have a virus of some sort. Another stool test was done before they left and the doctor prescribed a couple of "booty" creams for Tyler's raw little bum. We should get most of the test results tomorrow at our GI appointment. Hopefully nothing BIG will come of them. Tyler may be teething - we hope that's why he's not feeling well.
Tomorrow is GI appointment and Friday we have another round of RSV shots for the boys and a pulmonology appointment. We hope the boys will be taken off oxygen permanently - we'll have to see!
Enjoy some funny Bumbo pics below!
"So what are you doing over there brother? Looks like you're having fun!"
We live each day with a sense of hope, happiness, and determination. We take one step at a time, day by day, knowing that we will one day wake up and find ourselve with two grown sons! We savor their existence and try so hard to not take ANY time for granted. After a five year struggle leading up to the birth of our darling little ones, we are so grateful for the family we've been given. This blog has become our family journal that inspires and comforts us daily. Thank you for sharing in this journey with us!