Friday, February 25, 2011

3 New Aussies


Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

The children are now officially Australian citizens and now we need to find the nearest Centrelink office. (Only kidding) We will be picking up their passports on Monday and then the next stage commences. Due to seating issues with our airline were are unable to fly out of India until the first week in March. We have decided to make the last few days worthwhile and as such we are moving to a new upmarket hotel that adjoins a new shopping mall. Farewell you evil horns and mad drivers. 
Brad keeps on trying to anticipate what course stationary and moving vehicles and like will take as we approach them. We have found that it is best just to keep walking as you can't tell if the car is going to go forward or backward, let alone go the correct way up the street. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I miss the most about Australia

If anyone out there is coming to Delhi within the next fews days and has the spare room to bring a me a packet of Samboy BBQ Blast chips with them, I will be eternally grateful to them. Peter  

PS - The bubs are doing well however I need to point out the nurse is the one who make them eat all of food not us.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How quickly they grow.

It is my turn to do the graveyard shift. Oscar hasn't settled from his 11.30 and is calling for me to come to him. How can a sweet little thing like him change formula to that, and twice in 30 mins I might add. We are hoping to have the results from the DNA tests later this week. We have lodged the citizenship by decent applications and for now we simply have to wait. Oscar no longer fits 0000 and Alice isn't far behind him.  Luckily we packed some 000 clothes however we didn't expect the kids to grow this quickly. We had a check up 3 days after we broke them out of hospital. They have all put on about 200 grams however that was nearly 5 days ago. They are taking between 80-120 ml every 3 hours and they all seem to love their food, especially Alice. I am sure that I heard her squeal with excitement when she realised that I was about to give her a bottle.

I have only been able to transfer a few photos as the hotel that we are staying is has a pretty hit and miss internet connection. Peter

Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to get a bank demand (Money order) in Delhi.

To pay for the part of the citizenship application with the Australian High Commission in Delhi you need to obtain a Bank Demand (Money order) Well, we had been told by all and sundry that you just have to go to a bank and complete the paperwork and you would receive the requested item. This is simply not the case. We have also been told that you speak to the reception area of your hotel to arrange one however when I asked for one from the hotel that we were staying at I was greeted with a blank stare. Hmmm

To obtain one of these items you must go to a nationalised bank, such as the Punjab Bank which is located about half a block away from the beginning of M Block markets. You need to fill out one of their large white forms and then go and pay the teller the amount to the value of the demand draft that you are seeking. You will then be referred to a teller who will then process your paperwork (enter the details on the computer) You will then be referred to another teller who will check you ID and then complete the process by authorising your demand draft. Allow 45-60 mins for this process.

The demand must be in favour of "Australian High Commission New Delhi". This is the real reason why we were running late with our DNA testing appointment. Time to go, Princess is calling. So begins another sleepless night. PEter

Thanks to all those who have offered their input on the bank draft issue. Please read the comments for further details. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

End of week 1 in Delhi

We arrived 7 days ago in Delhi. During this time we have seen most of the city whilst looking for accommodation, visiting babies and attending various appointments. We are moving hotels today, all of about 100 m down the road to a property that is owned by the hotel that we are staying in now. It has a bedroom and a small sitting area, perfect for our angel "Nurse Miriam" to look after the 3 kids.

We have 3 distinct personalities already with them. Jonathan is so laid back and easy going and will only cry, well hardly ever. He just sits there looking at everything taking it all in. Oscar will happily sit there and watch life go by however when he is hungry or wet he lets you know rather quickly. Princess Alice. Well the title says it all. She is the most talkative of the bunch. She gives you one warning that something is wrong. We have learnt not ignore that warning. When she is clean and full she will also just sit and watch life go by and she is such a pretty girl. They all love being cuddled and hugged.

We went for the DNA tests yesterday. Our appointment was  scheduled for 11am Delhi time (11.40 arrival) and as if by magic, as had bee previously foretold, the Australian Embassy official appeared from out of no where. What a wonderful lady she was. She even took a photo of the kids for office staff as this was the first time that they have had 3 at the same time. The boys and the princess cried and cried as they took a blood sample from their heel. After all of the crying was over they all promptly went back to sleep.

We should be out of here in a few weeks if all goes as planned. I hope that the time will pass quickly and that our little ones continue to grow. They have all put on about 200 grams since they left hospital. Alice loves her bottles. Great, it is 7.30 am and they have started cutting the concrete outside of our window. Better close the curtains for when the piece of rock shatters the window. The next post will be about how to obtain a Draft demand in Delhi. Peter

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Delhi Traffic

For the uninitiated, Delhi traffic has to be seen to be believed. How you can fit so many cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, rickshaws, motorised rickshaws, bikes, pedestrians, steam rollers, donkey powered carts, horses and the odd elephant side by side on a 3 lane freeway has be completely stumped. Oddly enough it seems to work, apart from today. We had about 10 ml of rain today so the city was in complete gridlock as it appears as if they neglected to add drains to the end part of the freeway ramps.

We went to visit the boys today at the hospital were they are being kept. We left at 10.30 and got back at 3. We spent 70 mins with the boys the rest of the time we were traveling the 30 km distance each way. We are arranging to have them moved back to the hospital in GK1 by tomorrow. I must also add that the Dr and the nurses at the other hospital have been nothing short of fantastic with they way that they have treated our boys. We are hoping that they will be released tomorrow. Brad is up feeding Alice tonight. The hospital that she is in is about 80 m away from the hotel.

Alice, Oscar and Jonathan are all doing very nicely. Alice is such a little princess and the boys are just adorable. Jonathan looks like dad. He also has those, I've been here before eyes. According to the nurses Oscar seems to cry a fair bit and Alice can be rather fussy also. Hmmm. We have now got all of the birth certificates for the kids.

We went shopping at Select city mall today. What a breath of fresh air it was to be in an air conditioned shopping mall where you didn't have to jump over puddles to avoid the mud to visit a shop. Mind you, the mall is very upmarket by Indian standards however it would be the equivalent of the  DJ centre in Brisbane or the QVB in Sydney. It is times like this that you really miss your Myer or Dj stores.

India is an amazing country in the fact that you see very little that goes to waste. Plastics, paper and the like all sorted and reused. In fact the toilet paper in our hotel is made out of recycled paper. We had rolling blackouts on Sunday. It really pays to stay in a hotel that has a back up generator. The power supply has improved since our last stay as we have only had black outs on one day rather than every day like we experienced in 2009.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The boys have a little sister

Well the boys now have a little sister, bigger sister actually. Born today at 35ish weeks weighing in at 2600 grams. No oxygen required and she was feeding within hours. She was squeaking when I went back to visit her today. She is beautiful and will surely win over many hearts as time goes by. The boys are doing well and should be out of hospital and with us in a 2 days. Alice will be out of hospital in a 2 or so days, when they are happy with our ability to care for them. How hard can it be? I've never changed a nappy in my life. That will all very soon change.

Both surrogate mothers are recovering nicely from their C sections. We saw one of the mothers on her way to the operating room. Brad didn't recognise her. I turned to him and said, "Well what did you expect the poor woman to look like after going through 12 hours of contractions?"

We arrived to find our hotel wasn't booked, my bad. . The people at the Legend Inn were really nice as they put us up as walk in customers on our first night in Delhi. The next day we moved to the Velvet Apple. Nice spacious room. Sort of worked out well as Alice is next door however the boys are at Delhi New Born centre, 1 hour and 20 mins away with traffic. Luckily we will only have a few more days to make the trip to see the boys. We finally got to meet Andy, his sister and their two new born babies. What little darlings they are.

The games appear to have worked wonders for Delhi. The city has changed so much since October 2009. The metro is amazing and very much needed. It is hard to comprehend how this city can function with so many cars and people, but it just does.
More updates as they unfold. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Quick update

They're here! We're over there! 2 boys and waiting for the singleton to arrive. They are well and will be out of hospital and with us soon. Long trip, arrived to find no hotel booked, a story for another day. Best day of our lives today as we met our little boys.  As we were leaving yesterday Brad turned to me and said, "Hold on boys, your dadies who love you are on the way and will be with you soon". They have such large feet and are appear to be ticklish on the their feet and under their arms. They are both very beautiful and both very different in looks. The nurses say that they don't cry very much and that they are easy to look after. We will soon find out how true that really is. Peter