Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Through Brightest Day and Blackest Night, The Fastest Man Alive

Zad, able to remove a CPAP machine in under a minute and continue breathing.  Able to remove a diaper and scatter poo every where.  At 15 1/4 inches and 2 lbs. and 13.9 oz, this Little Incredible Hulk has grown some reddish eyebrows and a round belly.  This Green Lantern, by the power of his will would like to remove every restriction and take over the world.

Zeke, able to disassemble his CPAP machine. Able to continue breathing, and charm every nurse... that is before they smell his diaper. At 15 1/4 inches and 2 lbs. and 13.9 oz, the Little Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man has grown some blondish eye brows and a round belly as well.  This Flash, with his easy going spirit desires peace and chillaxation for all.

Dad continues to be a mild manner teacher during the day, and races to be Super Daddy in the evening.  Mom has forgone the idea of a secret identity, and is Ultra Mommy 24/7.

By our powers combined, we are The Mighty Tillitson Clan.

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Tillotson Clan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Ok, so the boys are now over 2 weeks old (so 29 weeks on the gestational calendar) and first we have to give a list of the things we have asked the boys to do.
1. Zeke, please breath
2. Zad, please poo
3. Zeke, please keep the poo in your diaper
4. Zad, please do not remove your c-pap machine, sensors, or the feeding tube
5. Both, please don't be naughty at the same time.

Ok, on to updates:

Zadok is at 14.5 inches long, and 2 pounds 7 ounces.  He has taken it upon himself that he doesn't need to be in the hospital.  Doctors, nurses, and parents disagree. As you can see in the picture, he is now opening his eyes.  He has a nice round tummy and the beginnings of chubby cheeks.

Ezekiel... well, Zeke can be a bit lazy.  There are times, he just doesn't want to do anything, like breathe.  He has received a booster of caffeine in addition to the normal amount to motivate him.  He is at 15.3 inches, and 2 pounds, 4.6 ounces.  He is getting pretty good at sucking motions, as you can see him with his paci.  Zeke is also starting to fill out with some baby fat.

Shaun got to spend a three day weekend with his boys, after being a spaz at work all week.  Super Lolo cleaned the garage, much to the appreciation of his daughter and son-in-law.  And Lauren climbed the stair, showing how much she is recovering.

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Tillotson Clan

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

They Are A Week Old (Or They Were 3 Days Ago)

Achievables of the Week (Bleep Bloop)

Zadok, breaths room air (the same 21% oxygen that you and I breath) with the help of his CPAP.  He has gained 2 ounces.  He has done pushups, not only off of his bed, but also from his Daddy's chest.  Apparently, since their heads aren't as big as a new born, they are able to lift themselves a little easier.  Zad is no longer on a PICC IV (which he was getting nutrients from), he now consumes 15 ml of breast milk every 3 hours.  With his strong grabbing skills, he is a Thumb War Champion in the making.

Ezekiel as can see in the photo, has wide open peepers.  He is consuming 18 ml of breast milk with 4-5 calories added in.  This obviously means that he no longer has a PICC IV either.  Zeke is at 23% oxygen, and can fill a diaper like no other.  He is loved by nurses for his easy going manner.  (Player)

In honor of their super hero status, the following sign has been posted in their room.  For those that don't know the symbols put into the letters they are the following: ZAD - Green Lantern, Captain America, and Nightwing; ZEKE - Flash, Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man.  Shaun found this as a wonderful replacement of their old sign which said "Twin A" & "Twin B"

Shaun has gone back to work, Lauren is eating and recovering, and Super Lolo changed his fir grandchild's diaper. Bleep Bloop.

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Tillotson Clan

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Here is the birth story of Zeke & Zad Thompson

Lauren had spent the two weeks of Christmas vacation on bed rest, and had not gone crazy... yet.  On Sunday, January 1st, 2012, she sent Shaun off to Sunday School... I mean Life Group.  At the end of Life Group, Shaun got a call from Lauren stating "Come home, I'm in pain." 

So Shaun hurried home, to find that his wife had had 4 contractions in the 15 minutes it took him to get home.  Shaun called every doctor and nurse he had a number for and the only message he got was "For emergencies, call 911."  So being the smart man he is, he did not.  Shaun instead, called his mom.  She said, "Lauren being on bed rest, and having twins, take her to the hospital.  The worst that could happen, is they send her home." 

We hadn't even packed a hospital bag yet.  Why would we, we were only at 27 weeks.  So Lauren watched as her frenzied husband, spazed and threw things into a bag.  He was basically the stereotypical man on the commercials, trying to get his wife to the hospital, but he remembered her and did not speed.

Lauren had had 8 contractions by the time they got to the hospital.  A very kind receptionist, and 2 nurses did not even sign them in, but wheeled them straight to labor and delivery.  All while discussing new years eve festivities.

Shaun & Lauren got to the room, and watched as the nurses struggled with new equipment that would only allow one baby's heartbeat to be on the monitor at a time.  With twins this could be a problem.  In the course off the examination, where they were planning on trying to stop the labor, the doctor discovered she had had MANY contractions, was 3 cm dilated, with a bulging bag.  So in other words, it was too late to stop the pregnancy.

With in an hour and a half of getting to the hospital, Lauren was prepped for an emergency c-section with Dr. Z & anesthesiologist, Dr. Woo.  Lauren was calm... Shaun was freaking.  Where as Lauren was in a gown and cap, Shaun was in something that looked like a hazmat suit.

Still very calm, Lauren was wheeled to the operating room.  Shaun, was asked to leave, and was told that they would come get him, when it was time.  Lauren was left with VERY BIG needles.  She took it like a rockstar, or so they told her, but she was a little worried that they said "OOOPS!" in the process.  She was reassured that nothing was wrong, and that there would be no more ooops.  Completely prepped, they asked her if she was ready.  She replied "WHERE IS SHAUN!"  They brought him back in seconds later.  He was relieved to be able to be with Lauren behind the sheet.

After only a few minutes, which involved Dr. Woo giving lots of drugs, and suctioning up diced pineapples (don't ask, at least she didn't eat the pizza she had for lunch)  Zadok was pulled out. All we could see was the top of a dark haired head, that looked the size of a racket ball. All they could hear, were soft cries, as he was learning to breath, a little early.  One minute later, Ezekiel, and his complicated pose, was also pulled out.  Zeke, came out gasping, but had the most beautiful profile.  Shaun was beaming, and Lauren was still calm, until the two babies left.

As they put Lauren back together, she felt pain.  Sharp, excruciating pain.  She did not scream, but Shaun was forced to calm her breathing, so it wouldn't be as bad.  This was the longest part of the birth, we would find out later that "OOOPS!" means, that some of the epidural spilled, and so what Lauren got, was wearing off early.  Dr. Woo, Shaun, and Dr. Z reassured her that she had done as well as any rockstar could be expected to do.  She was wheeled back into the original prep room, where nurses speedily attempted to get her on morphine for the pain.  After morphine we discovered their weights and APGAR rating, which for both of them was 7/8 out of 10, which is amazing for 27 weekers.

Friends and family started to visit, but they had not seen their babies since delivery.  Eventually, the NICU transfer teams from Cook's (The Teddy Bear Flight) brought us Zeke and Zad, so that we could see them before they went to Cook's Children's Hospital to continue development.  Each of the boys recognized their mother as she touched their hands, and her voice when she spoke.

The boys are currently at Cook's, and are doing marvelous.  There have been a couple of hiccups, but these are expected for 27 weekers/superheroes.

Zadok Harvey Thompson, was born on January 1st, 2012 at 1:49 pm, at 13.5 inches, and weighing at 2 punds 5 ounces.

Ezekiel Clemons Thompson was born on January 1st, 2012 at 1:50 pm, at 15 inches, and weighing at 2 pounds, 6 ounces.

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Tillotson Clan