Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This is the end of our Mumbai adventure…

…but the beginning of a new one as we have made it back home! In this post (which may possibly be the last one), I will describe what happened with the FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Offices). Well, surprisingly, not much happened. We went to the FRRO to apply for an exit permit for our little bundle of Joy. The whole process only took us about 30 minutes. One working day later, our exit permit was granted. The catch was that the exit permit was only valid for 2 days and all the flights were fully booked, except for one which was scheduled to leave only a few hours after our exit permit was granted. Our adrenaline went up, we packed as fast as we could, and we took off. The end. We are exhausted but very happy about beginning a new chapter. Those who know me personally will be able to follow my new adventures on my personal blog.

Friday, September 6, 2013

US Citizen

Things are going slowly but they are going forward. After waiting for 9 days just to get the result of our DNA test (because of crazy problems I don’t want to talk about), the US Consulate eventually informed us that the paternity test returned a positive result (yeah!), that Chloe had been granted US Citizenship (lucky little girl), and that the emergency passport was available for pickup (joy!). This all happened yesterday. This morning, we went to the FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Offices) in order to apply for an exit permit for our little baby. We are now waiting…

Sunday, August 25, 2013

On our way out…

The clock is now ticking… Our appointment with the US Consulate went very well and reminded us how lucky we are to be US citizens. Special thanks to Annika, the consular officer who handled our case. We are now getting ready for the next steps of our adventure: the DNA test and the exit visa for the baby (FRRO). We have been in India for 20 days and we are very eager to head back home.

Baby Chloe is doing well. She seems to be having a mild case of “blocked tear duct”. This is a very common condition with newborns. We just need to clean her eyes as part of our daily routine. Things will improve as the baby grows up.

She now makes all kind of baby noises. It sometimes sounds like she already wants to speak! ;-) And we love her so much. The best way to describe things would be to say that she has opened a door in my heart that I didn’t even know was there. She has only been with us for 11 days, but it feels like she has always been part of our Lives.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

All Clear

We have been discharged from the hospital after the doctor gave us an all-clear diagnostic. Most newborns lose a bit of weight in the very first days, but Chloe didn’t. The doctor was very happy about it, so much so that he told us that we don’t have to feed the baby every 2 to 3 hours anymore, we can feed her on-demand, when she asks for food. The very pleasant side effect is that we are now enjoying long nights of sleep. ;-)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Baby Chloe

Baby Chloe is doing very well. She is a very hungry little thing! Though she has been crying often, she is very easy to calm down. It fascinates me how alert she is: I wasn’t expecting her to be until a later stage. She stares at you, follows you around with her eyes, turns her head… Her eyes are full of Love and we love her so much. We should be discharged from the hospital soon, which will be a good thing as we feel a little bit like hamsters in a cage. ;-) More news coming soon!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A star is born

I have cried so much when I saw our little daughter for the first time. She is healthy, beautiful and she weighs 7 lbs 4 oz (3.24 kg). Everything went well and we are madly in Love with our little Chloe. She was so strong that no visit to the NICU was necessary. She was in our hospital suite within a couple of hours and we can’t take our eyes off her. One of the happiest days of our lives! We are very thankful to the surrogate mother who is now recovering and doing well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quick Update

Our surrogate mother has been admitted to the hospital. She will be induced tomorrow and the baby will be delivered via c-section. I am stressing out, even though Dr Meenakshi asked us not to worry. I don’t know if I will be able to sleep well tonight…