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.

Monday, February 16, 2009

No More Os!

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!


Ashley said...

The rule in our house is "whatever gets the most people the most sleep." Every baby is different and since you're dealing with two of them, it's only going to make it that much harder to "schedule" them. I don't think Eve has ever slept the amount of time a book says she should be sleeping. One thing that did really help us, though, was starting a set bedtime routine. We did pj/diaper change, bottle, book, bed when she was younger. Now we do bath, pj/diaper change, brush teeth, book, bed. She really knows the routine (and did when she was smaller too) and it helps her settle down before bedtime. Keep the pictures coming! It's the only getting me through until everyone's well enough to meet.

Anonymous said...

I really loved the book "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child"... it really allowed flexiblity and lots of options. Our baby was not a good sleeper the first few months but once I started using their strategies she got on a schedule by about 4 months. They have helpful guidlines and tips for each age as their sleep needs change through the months and years all the way through the teenager! Hope that helps!