Wednesday 25 January 2012

First Trimester Over!

Phew! We made it!

We had our 12 week scan the other day and the result: normal, normal, normal, normal, normal! What a relief.

So we decided it was time to tell our friends and families and anyone else who cares to listen. We're going to be dads!

After we had spoken to our closest friends and family we were beaming with the enthusiasm our news was greeted with. And then, just before we headed out to dinner to celebrate, Adam and I updated our Facebook pages. We must have looked a right pair, sitting at the dinner table with our mobiles in front of us as we enjoyed each and every message that came back. Everyone's support is so gratefully received - and really affirming.

Buoyed by all this enthusiasm, we're moving into phase two of saving for the big day. We're in lock-down now!

Friday 13 January 2012

Immigration Bureaucracy

I had a meeting with a UK immigration lawyer yesterday (Barry at Wesley Gryk if anyone needs a recommendation). I'm not sure that everyone needs such advice, since much of what is 'out there' tells you what you need to know.

I have been looking for a ways around the waiting 3 months in Delhi problem that all Brits face. We're lucky to be Australian/British citizens so we plan to apply for an Australian passport in Delhi for baby and apply for baby's British passport from Perth (where Adam's parents live). This would mean we'd be out of Delhi in around 3 weeks instead of 3 months.

Our lawyer sees no pitfalls in this cunning plan but it's a timely reminder to get all paperwork in order long before baby is born, in particular, our surrogate's papers.

For Australians, I came across Meg's brilliant document by document account of the citizenship/passport process:
and click on the photo of the guy on the horse. Thanks Meg!

Thursday 12 January 2012

We have neighbours!

In my last post, I said my January task was to reach out to find some people in London who are in the same boat as us. Well I did, and the result is unbelievable. Two guys who live two streets away from us brought their twin boys home in December. They even used the same clinic as us. How cool is that! We're catching up at the weekend to share our stories. Happy days!