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, April 30, 2009

Bye Bye Breast Milk

Boooooo hooooo! It HAD to happen, but what a SAD time for me! With the boys on an elemental formula and not able to take my breast milk, I stopped pumping a while ago. But I just couldn't bring myself to throw away my months of labor - the left over breast milk that's been stored in the freezer for months. Well, John convinced me that the freezer was more valuable than my denial so he took the final step and tossed the little bottles of dedication. As he dumped the little white gems, I sobbed inside remembering the 3am pumpings and the drives to and from the hospital where I'd "extract" in the backseat - had to make the most of our daily traveling, right? Ugh, what a time!
I tried to donate the milk to a bank but because I wasn't screened ahead of time and didn't freeze the milk using the bank's procedures, it didn't qualify. Too bad - I would've gladly given the milk to someone in need. And to support Salma Hayek, if I were traveling in Africa and came across a starving baby, I too would feed it - if I had the ability. Good for you Salma!


Ashley said...

Those pictures make me want to cry for you. I know how hard you worked for all of that "liquid gold". Kevin once threw out a 2 oz bottle of breastmilk thinking it was spoiled formula. It had taken me 2 days to pump those 2 oz. I, too, would join you and Salma in Africa if I could.

Anonymous said...

John and Parker have a similar expression. That must have been some gooood breast milk.

Courtney said...

I still have breast milk in our freezer too!! Mark said just yesterday while putting away the groceries "can i just throw this stuff away" i quickly responded "NO WAY!!" I got thinking about it, Lowell really is never going to use it again so I should just get rid of it, but like you I am VERY (emotionally) attached! It brings back all those hours and unwanted times I had to go & pump to benefit my baby, I was convinced he was only going to have breastmilk & no formula.. but what can ya do when they put him on formula for more calories. :/ i guess its just life, but I know how hard it was to give up pumping, and not only that but throwing away hours of pumping work!