Thursday, December 30, 2010

Preparations continue

The nursery has finally been completed. The cupboard doors received their final coat of paint yesterday and new handles. The door to the nursery received a final coat of paint and a new handle. I thought that a new door handle would be a good idea, to add that final touch to the room. Note to self, only buy good quality handles. I installed the new door handle. I was impressed as it worked beautifully and looked a real treat. I tested it several times, opening and closing, all was going well until I tried to open it for the fifth time then suddenly I heard what appeared to be a spring breaking. The handle still worked however it no longer fully retracted the barrel. Hmmm, what to do. Brad was as work and I was at home by myself. After an hour I finally managed to free myself from the nursery, just in time for Brad to walk through the door. I think the cats arse look on my face said it all as he didn't initially ask how my day had been. I wonder if the original door handle was taking revenge on me for discarding it??? Well I am pleased to say that I have put the original handle back where it was and the equilibrium has been restored to the room. .

We have started the process of washing all of the baby outfits and nappies. The line if full of the reusable nappies and liners (Similar to Pea Pods). I will be washing and drying clothes, towel and bibs for the rest of the day. The reality of what is about to come our way kicks in when you wash 60 reusable nappies, 30 face clothes, 20 baby towels, 30 bibs, about 100 baby outfits. We have found a washing powder that ticks all of the boxes for allergies etc and it is environmentally friendly.

We purchased a fan for the nursery in the boxing day sales. We settled for a Dyson air multiplier as they have no blades. This is a good thing as babies will not be able to put fingers or things in the fan however the one that I purchased has a cobalt blue inner ring. I have a feeling that this will attract little hands.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Having a bit of fun before they arrive - Not baby related.

I managed to get a photo of the hi-fi pumping out 100 watts per channel to Laura Branigan singing Self Control. I managed to get the take a photo during a bass beat. The photo isn't the best. I am sure the neighbours aren't enjoying it but I won't be able to do this soon, that is after the babies arrive. The only problem with the records are the scratches. Really bad when you have it on half volume and you hear Laura saying self control click over and over again. Susan from across the road, hi and thanks for the Christmas present. I hope that you like Laura Branigan. Peter

Thursday, December 23, 2010

28 week update - Growing nicely

I must be practising for when the babies arrive as once again it is 3.30am I here I am sitting in front of the computer. The scans for surrogate mum number two arrived this morning. We are pleased to report that both the twins and surrogate mum are doing well. The gestational age for both of the twins is 30 weeks and one day. Twin one weighs in at 1.295 kg while twin 2 weighs in at 1.398 kg, or about 3 pounds in the old scale.  If they keep growing at this rate there will be very little room let for them soon however we would like them to stay in for as long as possible as I don't start my leave until early February which is around the  35 week stage. The twins are still about 15% bigger than the singleton however this is consistent with the difference between them at the 24 week stage. The report from the Dr advised that everything is going well with this pregnancy.

Thank you to all of those who put their order in for the vxxxxa that we had on offer earlier this week. We have now sold out of the product and we expect that we will start shipping your orders later this week.

Seasons greetings and we hope that you and and your loved ones enjoy your Christmas break. Peter and Brad.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Apologies to all of our contacts- Unless you really do want Viagra

Well, the phone call from Brad's father sort of gave it all away. He was wondering why he would be receiving an email from Brad about Vxxxxa. Brad very quickly added 'Well, how many do you want to buy?" Seriously though, if you have received an email from Brad's hotmail address, about the purchasing of the wonder drug Vxxxxa, please disregard this email. This includes the Dr Accounts@the agency, Megan, his boss, my boss, the real estate agents who manage our properties, our bank, our travel agents, our tax agent, India Visa Applications, Department of Foreign Affairs, Sydney IVF and the list goes on, I think that you get the picture.

We were going to send a group email advising that there was an issue with the hotmail however we didn't want people to think, 'What is he trying to sell now, contraceptive pills?' The main thing is, the MAC is ok and doesn't have any key loggers or the like however, we will be migrating our mail over to our main internet provider and we will let you know the updated address in due course.

Thanks

 Peter and Brad.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

28 Week Update

While sitting at the computer at 2.51am, not being  able to sleep, the 28 week scan for surrogate mother number 1 turned up (Singleton)  Thankfully, everything is fine. The message from SCI said that Dr Shivani has reviewed the scan and that every thing is fine. The baby now weighs in at a whopping 1202 grams +/- 12%. The gestational age of the baby is 29 weeks.

2 days ago we discovered that both of the surrogate mothers needed to have intravenous injections of Iron supplements. This process was done in hospital (Phoenix) as a day patient with a total of 6 iron injections in does of 200 mg each via a saline drip over a 4 -6 hour period.  These injections have to be  given in a fully equipped hospital like Phoenix -- as the risk includes anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction causing among other things inability to breathe) so they need to have emergency care faclities and and medical staff available within seconds. Dr Google suggests that about 80% of women who are pregnant could be impacted by low iron levels at some stage during their pregnancy.

We are happy to report that both of the surrogate mothers are doing remarkably well given the fact that one of them is carrying twins and that the other one is carrying a baby that is much bigger than during her pregnancy.

If all goes as planned we will be leaving for India in 8 - 9 weeks time to meet the newest family members.
The paperwork process has begun, sorry trees. DNA testing is about to start. Attorney, undecided at this stage. Accommodation - will be arranged when when we arrive however the World Series Cricket is on in February with several games scheduled for Delhi, bugga. Will provide further updates as the become available.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

24 week update - All is well

We received the 24 week update on Friday. Both surrogate mothers are in good health. The singleton has a gestational weight of approximately 563 grams +/- 12% with no obvious abnormalities. All the bits and pieces are where they should be. The twins are slightly larger at 740 and 760 grams respectively with no obvious abnormalities. Once again, all of the bits and pieces are where they should be. The placenta has changed from low lying to being situated on the anterior /posterior wall. The doctor said that we shouldn't be overly concerned about the low lying placenta and she was right.

Preparations are well under way for the the arrival of the babies. 2 weeks ago we decided it was time to make a start on the nursery. We completely gutted the computer room and started the makeover. We took a complete carload (boot, backseat, front seat) of stuff to the dump. We had boxes and boxes of stuff in the cupboards that had been sitting for years. We thought that if we haven't used it in seven years then we the chances of it being used again would be slim. We also gave away about 500 books to the local goodwill store. That should keep them going for a little while.

We kept the carpet in the nursery as it gave a warm feeling to the room. We painted the nursery a colour called princess bling. This is a slight off white colour. The room feels very clean. We purchased a rug that was full of earthy brown and red hues. This adds a splash of colour to the room. The room looks large due to the fact that the ceiling and walls look very similar. This adds to the feeling of space. The change table, chair and two cots have been set up. We haven't had the time to set up the third cot as yet however this will happen over the weekend. I will post more as further details come to hand.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Updated 20 weeks scan

We spent a few additional days waiting for the scans of surrogate mum number two and I can definitely say that it was worth the wait. The Dr must be using a different clinic to do the scans as we received about twenty 3D scan over the past 3 days. They probably wanted to make sure that all was well after the bleeding episode. All the results came back within the normal range. You can make out the faces of the babies. I reckon that one of them is looks a little grumpy in the scan however it is probably a little early to tell this this is the case. We will have to wait, hopefully, for another 15 weeks to find this one out.

As time passes we are slowly making preparations for the new arrivals. The backyard make over is almost the complete. The water fountains around the pool have been installed. I don't know how we can associate that one to the babies but is worth a try. The new transport arrived on Thursday. It has to be run in first so we will take it for a spin today. New cars are always nice but this one just doesn't quite do it for me. The CX7 doesn't fill me with need to drive it like my Focus does. I suppose that this why we haven't driven it yet. Our friend has made 3 sets of sheets for each of the stoke cots. This worked out to be about 1/3 the price of buying the pre-made sheets.  A big thank you Leanne.

Aunty Jill, her adopted title, says that every child needs a trampoline in the back yard to play on. What about the parents I say. I love trampolines with the back flips and all. We will have to wait 5 years until they are old enough to start jumping on one. I was looking at one in Kmart the other day. They have taken all of the fun out of it.  Barriers, spring covers, foam over the metal frame. I miss the days of the big pinch marks from the springs and sprained ankle from falling off the tramp. Kids these days have no idea of what type of excitement they are missing out on.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Update from the Doctor

After a sleepless Friday night we decided to call the Dr on Saturday and discuss what was happing with the health of surrogate mother number two.She advised that she would be released from hospital later that day and for us not to worry.  The heartbeats for the twins have been detected and 3D scan is scheduled for Monday. The bleeding has stopped and it appears as if the surrogate mother may have had a mild placenta abruptio. This is also what Dr Google had initially diagnosed in this case.


Since this event occurred we are hastily bringing forward our preparations for a visa and putting our employers on notice as it looks as if we may need to be ready to go from 28 weeks rather than 32 weeks as we have initially planned. We really do not want this to happen as this increases the chances of complications dramatically however if it does happen, we will be ready for it. 

Shopping spree in preparation for the new arrivals - A new twin stroller for knocking about the suburbs. It is a little older however it will be perfect for the off road walks.  Another new twin stroller this time an 'Emmaljunga'. It has many features including the ability to change the direction of the handle so the babies can face forwards or backwards. I have been banned from ridding in it however I reckon that it would a whole lot of fun. Push me faster, faster I say. 


The new car arrives on Thursday. I got it for a good price but it took 2 hours of haggling. It fits 3 normal width baby seat across the back however we are unsure as to whether the pram will fit in the cargo area. My Focus has a large boot however the new pram would fit in boot. we had to put the seat down to fit it in.  Really should researched that one a little better. 


I will provide updates when we get more 3D scan in. Peter 









Friday, October 22, 2010

20 week update - Not what we were expecting

We have been waiting for the email to arrive from the Dr  regarding the 20 week scan for surrogate mum number two. Today marks the 20 week point. At about 9pm last light we received an email from Neha at the agency advising us that surrogate mum number 2 had been admitted to hospital the day before due to moderate bleeding. As you could imagine, the panic set in pretty much straight away. I eventually settled down and went to bed and tried to sleep however that was pretty much a pointless exercise. I left the computer on with the volume turned all the way up, hoping that we would hear any incoming email updates during the night. I kept on getting woken up by emails from ebay and trip advisor at 2 and 3 in the morning.

The surrogate mum will remain in hospital until the bleeding has stopped completely. Indications are that the bleeding is reducing however we haven't received a recent update as it is currently 1:30am in Delhi. The email from Neha said that the babies heartbeats were OK. So now the waiting game begins. I have been doing some research on the causes of bleeding during pregnancy and it appears as if it could be caused from something as simple intercourse to causes unknown. We can only hope that this is just a little bump in the road and that all will be well by the next time that I post. Peter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What a Picture

We were sitting at home last night and at about 7pm when an email from the Dr popped up.  We were surprised and pleased to see the 20 week scan arrive a few days early. The scan was of the singleton pregnancy. Much to our relief, everything appears to be good with all of the measurements sitting within the normal range. We expect that the scans for the twins will arrive within the next few days. After looking at the scan, I feel that we are having a boy but don't hold me to that. The baby has Brad's brow line, well i think so anyway. We would be happy to hear what you think in regard to boy or girl. When you receive images like this the reality of it all sinks in. I have been so happy and smiling all day thinking about this image of bubba number 1. Brad thinks that he/she would like a pony but I think that it is a little too soon to thinking about this as yet.



We have finally decided on a new car to transport the children around in. After many agonising hours we have decided upon a Mazda CX7. The only thing left to do is pick a colour and hopefully pick up the car by this time next week. We were set on an outlander but the fitting of baby seat anchor points and the lack of safety feature on the standard models helped us to change our minds and go with the Mazda.

The back yard is now fully grassed and growing really well. With all of the early spring rain that we have had, the grass is growing about 5 cm per week. A sea of green with greet the children when they get a little older. New scans as they arrive. Peter

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Anniversary - One year on

This time exactly one year ago we were locking the front door and jumping in the car and beginning our trip to the airport. You have to love those 4.00 AM departures. When we sit back and reflect on the events of the past 12 months, we can san that it has been a journey filled with much excitement and anticipation. We only have about 18 weeks or so before this chapter of the journey is complete however we are looking forward to the next chapter. Brad has started buy things for the babies although this is proving somewhat difficult due to fact that we don't know what sex the babies will be so we are buying things that are white and green with cute little animals on them.

I can't believe that tomorrow will mark one year since we met the lovely Dr.  If all goes to plan we will have the pleasure of meeting her and her staff again in about 18 weeks from now, I would be happier with 20 weeks. Oddly enough, I am looking forward to chaos that is Delhi however, if you ask me about after I have been there for a month I may have a different opinion for you.

I went pram shopping yesterday and found the pram of my dreams. Brad told me to keep on dreaming as we could buy the car seats and high chairs for the cost of the pram. It is a very nice pram but I suppose we could make do with one that doesn't require you to pull up at a servo to pump up the tyres.  The price difference between the compact and normal baby seats is amazing. You would think that because they are smaller they would be cheaper to make but sadly this is not the case. We are going to go for the compact seats as this way they will be interchangeable between the large car and the medium car.

Further updates as they become available.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Surrogate mum number two update

We received an update from the Dr yesterday regarding surrogate mum number two. All is well with the surrogate mother and the baby. So we still have three healthy babies on the go. All of the measurements  are within the normal range. All the pregnancies are at 16 weeks and 4 days. We are now getting very close to the halfway point or 20 weeks however after reading many of the other blogs it appears as if many of the pregnancies  only go for between 32 and 35 weeks for twins and between 33 and 36 weeks for singles. . We are still hopeful that the babies will make it all of the way however being the realist that I am, I feel that we are very close to the halfway point.

We are continuing to prepare the house for the new arrivals. The  newly levelled back yard has grass growing on it. The blinds in the family room have been replaced and the colour scheme and blinds for the nursery have been decided on. We only have to buy the baby car seats, at 30 weeks, and the high chairs. We pretty much have everything under control. 

I will update the blog as we receive further information. 





Monday, September 27, 2010

Progress update 27 September

After a week of waiting we received a scan from the Dr on Saturday morning. This is the 16 week scan. The twins are progressing well with all vital statistics within the normal range. One twin is 16 weeks and 1 day and the other is 15 weeks and 5 days. As we haven't heard otherwise we are assuming that the surrogate mother is also progressing well with the pregnancy.

We are still waiting to hear from the Dr regarding the progress of our high risk pregnancy.

I will provide further updates as more information comes to hand.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Preparations continue.

It has been about 3 weeks since we received the last scan so we have requested an update from the Dr. We are a little concerned due to the surrogate mother losing one on the twins several weeks back. We are hoping to hear something back in the near future.

Preparations are well underway around the house now. A small brick  retaining wall has been built and about 1/2 of the back yard is now level. As we still have some time up our sleeve so we decided to sow seeds and watch the grass grow. As we didn't use that area we thought that the grass will have ample time to grow before they arrive in January, February or March next year. If the seeds don't grow plan B, turf, will be implemented.

The third Stokke cot arrived on sunday. So if all goes to plan we will have enough bedding for all of the kids when they get back home. The new TV arrived yesterday. You need a new TV for the children to watch when they get older, plus it will help stay at home dad retain some of his sanity during the long days of baby duty plus, it looks really nice.

We are trying to work out when to book flights and accommodation for the trip to India. Picking a date for travel is like picking the winning lottery numbers. 35 weeks will be 4 February and 37 weeks will be 18 February. My leave will start on week February 18 and Dad will going on leave as at 4 February. These dates could be slightly optimistic however they will be in the best of care in hospital if the come earlier than planned.

We are applying for our Indian visa at the beginning of December. This will allow us with some flexibility with travel if they come early however we are hoping that everything will be fine. Will update when more information becomes available.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another day - another update

After a week of waiting I finally heard from our HR area regarding my leave entitlement. I should probably set the scene by saying that I work for a branch of the federal public service. Due to recent changes in tax laws, family benefit laws and so on, our agency agreement recognises that fact that not all families consist of the traditional family unit. The fine print in our agency agreement only mentioned a definition of  multiple births with reference to one pregnancy, obviously not realising that a situation such as mine may exist. Ordinarily, our situation probably wouldn't exist however we have just been lucky with two surrogate mums pregnant however in this game we must remember that things can change at the drop of a hat.

So the outcome was that I am eligible for 2 weeks paid leave for each of the pregnancies.  This of course has to be approved by the delegate (Manager) but this shouldn't be a problem. This will work out well if the twins come early and the singleton arrives on time. This will allow me to go to India for the first  bub retrieval trip and the stay home looking after the twins during the next baby run.

We now have two stokke cots for the babies. One is in the cupboard and the other is set up in one of the spare room. We have decided on which room is going to be the nursery. I wanted to put them in the front room however I was told , 'No', as they would be too far from the main bedroom. So the room next to ours is going to be the nursery. The next step will be to start clearing the room out and replacing the carpet with a wooden floor. The beauty of the stoke cots is that they can be moved from room to room with ease, with the babies in them.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Another 13 week update

We just received another email from the Dr. All is well with surrogate mum number two and the twins.  Movement observed. Gestational age 13 weeks 2 days and 13 weeks 3 days. Nasal bone present. No obvious abnormalities. All other stats seem ok at this stage. This is good news for now. So at this stage it is looking pretty good for three however we still have a high risk pregnancy with surrogate mum number one

Friday, September 3, 2010

Week 13 update - A picture.

We received an email from the Doctor today. The email included the results of the 13 weeks scan of the single baby. We are now 3 weeks on from the when the surrogate mother lost one of the twins and it appears as if things are still progressing. Gestational age is 13 weeks 4 days. Heartbeat 144. Grade 0 posterior low lying placenta. The rest of the info appears to ok. We are are waiting for the scans and report for the surrogate mother who is carrying the twins. We are assuming that they will be sent in the coming days. We now only have 26 weeks remaining of constantly monitoring the inbox, hoping that we don't receive that awful email first thing in the morning. With the hurdles that we have had with this and other pregnancies along the way, I will be apprehensive about celebrating until bub has arrived. I have included a copy of the latest scan.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Now for something totally unrelated.

I thought that now is a good time as ever to take a break from posting about surrogacy and start posting something a little lighter. Now for that music clip or two that takes be back to Year 10 at high school. This is a youtube link. It is amazing the stuff that you can find on youtube. The first clip was made 28 years ago and is representative of technology of the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5zkpbZ3mmg.
I have no idea how to work my youtube grabber so you will have to copy the link. The band is transX - Living on video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RHTiXvELNg&feature=related
The Go Go's . They looked so young back then. It is only when you get older that you realise just how long ago this all seems.

If you like electronics this is the coolest site that you will ever come across in you travels across the world wide web.
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com

Every now and then we must all digress from the topic at hand and have some time out. I find that reliving your youth via the music videos on youtube is a good way to recharge and start again. The next post will be surrogacy related.

One Week On

Well, one week later and we haven't received any emails or phone calls advising us that we have had any further complications with our surrogate mothers. We have now made it to 12 weeks and 2 days. Our Australian doctor told us that the chances of the pregnancies progressing to term become greater after the first trimester has passed.

One of the conditions of my employment is 2 weeks paid parental leave upon the birth of a child for you or your partner. I have previously asked about twins and I have been advised that regardless of number of babies (Twins/ triplets) the leave relates to the pregnancy. So now that it looks like both surrogate mothers may make it all the way, I requested clarification on the situation regarding multiple births from two distinct pregnancies. I think that the response will take some time as our agreement doesn't deal with this issue. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they open that email in the HR area tomorrow. WIll update the blog when I get further information.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My how things change

What a week. After the scare last week with surrogate mom 1 we received the 11 week scan from the Dr. As the surrogate mother lost one of the twins her pregnancy is now listed as being high risk. This means that there is about a 25% chance of the pregnancy ending within the next month however as time progress the risk reduces. There could be other complications later in the pregnancy however we have our fingers crossed.

Surrogate mum number 2 initially had some problems and we were under the impression that only one baby would progress however it appears as if both babies are fine and dandy at this stage. So it now appears as if we have a fairly reasonable chance of ending up with 3 children. The Dr said the as the pregnancies progress the chance of success increase as the babies become stronger.All of the them measure about 4 cm, which is about normal for their stage of development.

Due date - At this stage 40 weeks is about March 13 however we are assuming that they will come early and as such we are making plans to be ready from about the beginning of February. We are hopeful that they will make a minimum of 35 weeks however we will have no control of this.

Well, it looks like we may need a bigger car. I will wait until the 28 week mark before buying one. If there are 3 we are very limited to the type of car we need. We have been looking at the outlander as it can easily fit 3 baby seat across the back and it comes in a 7 seat version. Will add updates as we received them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Journey update

Well, it has been a little while since I last posted. We have been waiting for the results of the eight week scan from the agency. I contacted the Dr as we were wondering when we would get the results of the scan. The Dr advised me that due to questions that had been asked she was now going to be providing scans monthly rather than fortnightly. So the next scans, the 8 week scans would be conducted at about 10 weeks. We needed to be patient.

We have 2 surrogate mothers under the care of the Dr at the moment. A few weeks ago we were advised that one of the surrogate mothers had an issue with her pregnancy. Unfortunately it looks as if the pregnancy will reduce from 2 to 1 however we will have to wait another week of so to see if this pregnancy will continue or it will end naturally.

We received an email today advising us that the other surrogate mother was admitted to hospital the day before with some bleeding. A scan quickly confirmed that the surrogate mother now only has one live pregnancy. Within the space of a few weeks it appears as if we have gone from 5 to 4 to 3 and now we have 2, one with each surrogate mother.

We now just have to be patient as we only have a few weeks until the 12 week scans. We are very hopeful that the results will be positive.

This journey is not just about us. it is also about providing future opportunities to the wonderful donor and the surrogate mothers and their families. Without their assistance we would not be in the position that we are in today and we for this we are eternally grateful.

Some very sad news today. Little Ben (Benjamin) has passed away. We have been following Ben's progress on this Dads blog, http://samandphilblog.blogspot.com for many weeks. We are both very sad at his passing and wish his parents all the best in their hour of need. All of you (Ben, Zac, Sam and Phil) are our thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Delhi Traffic



Note the cars with dents, no side mirrors and I especially love the way the rickshaw merges near the end of the video.

Photos of Delhi



These photos pretty much sum up New Delhi. We were in a Rickshaw in bumper to bumper traffic, literally. I love the new old cars. The government cars are bullet proof, apparently. I love the warning on the back of the car about the power brakes. The ambassador cars have a modern interiors with a 1800cc motor. There was a little old lady sitting the back of the white car. The scene was something out of another time period.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Journey update

Where to begin? We commenced another cycle at the end of March 2010. We received the initial pregnancy results, positive, and then the wait began. In late April we received scans from the Dr. When we later spoke to the Dr she advised us that the surrogate mother had some slight spotting and had been confined to bed rest. About 4 weeks later we received a new scan and advice from the Dr that there was no heartbeat. We were rather shocked by this news and decided to review our plans.

We decided to give it another try and see if our luck would change this time around. Within about a week the Dr had everything in hand and was already preparing the donor and the surrogate mothers. Yes, we decided that given the overall success rate of any of the surrogacy programs, we might as well go for broke and give ourselves two chances with 2 surrogate mothers rather than one. This time around we got a amazing results from the egg donor that the Dr selected for us. We have got enough fertilised eggs for another go with two surrogate mothers if required.

We received news from the Dr on 28 June that both surrogate mothers were pregnant, potentially with multiples. Oh my god. What were we to do if this was the case. 1 is great, 2 are company for each other, 3 are an interesting challenge. 4 are life changing. New car, house renovations. 5, I think that I need a valium.

The maximum that we could end up with is 4, 2 per surrogate mother, however it appears as if we may only end up with 2 or 3, that is there are no complications along the way. I can only hope that the pregnancies all go to full term and will remain optimistic about the pregnancy over the remaining 32 weeks. I am told however that if there are twins they will be delivered at 36 weeks so that only means 24 to go.

It is really great to hear that Megan, Bob and Toby are finally on the way home. Bob has updated google maps with comments on some of the most important places in New Delhi, the bottle shops. You can read their blog at www.amaniandbobsurrogacy.blogspot.com. There are some links on this website that are well worth the read.

George, if you read this, Elektra and Eros are beautiful. All the best with rest of your stay and your trip home.

Sam, Phil and Ben, our hearts go out to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you all the best.

That's it for now. Will write again when we have our next update over the coming days.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On November 19 we received an email from the Dr advising us that the surrogate and egg donor has both started on their treatment program. We will have to wait for another four weeks until the embryo transfer. The wait begins again.

December 7 - We received an email from the Dr advising us that the donor had actually concieved. Obviously not from the procedure. This left us wondering what we were going to do next. The Dr advised that the donor would go through the process again and would be available for donation again around early January. We didn't expect this situation to occur and as such we were a little confused as what was going on. However, we accepted what the Dr has told us as began started the waiting process again.

DECEMBER 21 - We received an email from the Dr advising us that the stimulation process for the donor and egg collection would be in two weeks time. How exciting.

DECEMBER 24 - Christmas Eve. We received an email from the Dr advising us that the egg collection was done today and that 13 eggs had been collected. What the? This was a little early however we were please with the outcome. The transfer was planned for Christmas day.

December 25 = Christmas day "Yeah". We visited our parents for a few days over Christmas. I forgot that I hadn't mention this to my brother and sister in law. Needless to say, they were both very supportive and happy for our decision to pursue this avenue to have a child. We received an email from Dr Shivani advising us that they had 19 fertilised eggs and that they were going to transfer 4 eggs and freeze the rest of them. Lets hope that we have some good news this

Monday, February 8, 2010

Let's try again

We finally arrived home on 25 October to a comfortable bed. The following day we called Doctor Shivani to discuss the outcome of our first attempt. The egg donor that we used was a proven donor however we had only managed to get 2 embryos to the implant stage from this attempt.
It was decided that we should start the process over again. In consultation with Doctor Shivani we selected a new egg donor. This time around we had better success with the egg donor as we ended up with enough embryos for three attempts at IVF. Hopefully this round of attempts will have a better outcome.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The story continues - After our visit to India we stopped in at Phuket for 8 days and Kuala Lumpur for 4 days on our way home. We used our time in Phuket to relax after out hectic schedule in India. If you are looking for that special place to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, then I recommend that you check out the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa. Our stay here was truly amazing. This was our fifth visit to Phuket since 2005 and this resort was stands out from the crowd.

As usual, Kuala Lumpur lived up to its reputation as the shopping capital of Asia. We usually stay at the Novotel City Centre as it almost dead smack bang in the middle of the golden triangle city shopping area. We have noted a serious decline in the cleanliness and quality of service since the hotel was taken over by Novotel a little while back however, we are hoping that Novotel will address some of these issues before our next stay in mid February.

During our stay in Malaysia we received notification from the hospital that the egg donor had produced 8 eggs s a result of her treatment. Out of the 8 eggs we only two fertilised ( 1 four cell embryo and 1 two cell embryo). Both embryos were implanted in our chosen surrogate, and so began the long two week wait until the scheduled pregnancy test. We were both excited and apprehensive at the same time and pinning our hopes on a positive outcome. After what seemed the longest two weeks of our lives we received and email from the hospital. Unfortunately the results of the the pregnancy blood test were negative.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Journey begins

Where to begin. We are two guys from Australia who would like to have a family. After much soul searching and discussion we decided to pack our bags and head off to India in the hope of fulfilling our dream. The following story traces our Journey as we progress through our journey to parenthood.

We left from the airport in Australia on 6 October 2009 for New Delhi via Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai. The following day we arrived in New Delhi after an overnight stay in Mumbai. Mumbai was an interesting place, full of interesting people. We made our way to the Mumbai domestic airport, allowing some time for delays. It took about an hour to get through security at the airport. Better to be safe than sorry I say. We arrived at the New Delhi domestic airport at about 10am. As this was our first trip to India it was safe to say that we had no Idea of what to expect however, any I can say that any future travel plans will to India will involve being picked up from the Airport by the hotel car service.

October 7 2009
We arrived at the hotel (The Velvet Apple) at about 12.15 pm. The hotel was approximately 100 meters down the road from the Phoenix hospital and centrally located to the M block markets and other local Delhi attractions. The positives for the hotel are the air-con and the complimentary Wi-Fi.

Our meeting with the Dr was scheduled for 2pm that afternoon. We met with the Dr in her rooms at the hospital. It is always nice to meet people in person after conversing with them via electronic mediums. What a pleasure it was to finally meet with the Dr D in person. I can say that she has a very good sense of humour as we laughed so much. During our meeting i observed that the Dr was looking at my hair, almost with a look of disbelief on her face. I took this opportunity to explain to her that I my hair looked the way it did as I had taken the "opportunity" the night before, after several beers, to trim my own hair, as I couldn't get to the hair dresser before we left for India. I reassured the Dr that I didn' t ordinarily cut my own hair, with what appeared to be a set of hedge clippers, and that she was in fact in no danger from me, despite what the hair cut suggested. It truly was a bad hair cut. We discussed where I could get a hair cut in Delhi however when I approached a barber shop I observed the way they were looking at my hair. I decided to keep walking and went to the shop next door. I finally had my hair fixed by a lovely hai dresser at the Phuket Hilton Arcadia about 5 days later.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010