We left Dallas three weeks ago and this is the longest period of time either of us have ever been away from home. We are eager to get there, but not sure when that might be. We've adapted our lives pretty well to this apartment and our surroundings, but there is no place like home. We had hoped to leave early this coming week, but we had a little bad luck...and we aren't complaining because overall the experience with this pregnancy has been a dream...but, a bit of bad luck none the less. Our DNA samples were randomly selected for inspection by US customs when the package arrived in NYC. Customs sat on the package from Sunday to Thursday so we basically lost an entire week. UGH! The laboratory was great and they sent a letter to customs explaining the contents and assisting with its clearance. The package was delivered to the lab on Friday and they are going to do their best to provide the results on Monday. So, passports on Tuesday is our hope. This means if the exit visa process and FRRO went perfectly, we could leave on Friday. So, being the optimists we are, we booked a flight for Friday. Fingers crossed. Time will tell. The Indian official who handles US visas has begun to challenge the surrogacy process a bit and has made the entire process of obtaining the exit visa a bit unpredictable. This used to be a one-two day deal - done, fly home. Now, there are more thorough processes being practiced - won't go into the details here and don't even know yet if they will apply to us.
Good things this week...
- I mastered the navigation of the grocery market and have become fairly proficient at preparing Indian dishes (cooking is one of my hobbies)
- Steve and I have learned that I take care of the boys from dinner to 1am (and he naps) and then he takes them from 1am-6am (and I nap). It works. The boys do NOT sleep at night (yet - we are working on it, but it is a process and they are still so young).
- We had enough frequent flier miles to get us on the non-stop American Airlines flight into Chicago - in business class - this is now booked!
- It stopped raining and the humidity level dropped to a comfortable level (sort of)
- I finally found Coke Zero
- The boys have started showing facial expressions and boy are they cute when they grin!
How cute are our kids!!!!!????!!!!!
Here is our Ajay - no doubt he is the sensitive one in the duo. He has a four tiered cry - three shouts at progressively higher volume followed by the real deal - it goes something like this... ah, AH, AHHHH, AHHHHHHHHH!!! I love that I can tell their cries apart and have even begun to know the difference between hungry, poop and indigestion.
Ajay looks alot like me in early baby pictures
Ajay is now on soy formula due to an apparent lack of tolerance for lactose. Now if we just had a formula to cure drool!
And here is Jag - boy is he a piece of work! He is a huge pig - always, always, always hungry! I get a lot of laughs out of him. He has a big personality and I am in love with his hair!
Look at that frown! We HATE baths!!
You know your baby is small when it fits comfortably into a kitchen pot!
I just got them both settled and Daddy Steve is snoring on the sofa so life is GREAT! And now a moment of quiet and sanity (somewhat) - at least for 2-3 hours anyway - or until another diaper change or burping is needed. Oh, who am I kidding...I can't rest until 1am when Steve takes over...
Goodnight to my boys - all three of them. I love you guys so much.