Monday, March 28, 2011

Back to work

Well, my 6 week experience with the little munchkins has come to an abrupt end. I start work again in about 90 mins. Brad will now have sole caring responsibility for the Jonathan, Oscar and Alice from here on in. I am lucky that I will be starting at 7am and finishing at 3pm. This will make the go day fairly quickly for Brad. I will be doing the 4.30am feeds as I am usually up getting ready for work at that time.

They are getting bigger by the day. We will shortly need a crane to lift Oscar out of his cot due to his size, a very solid (not fat) little boy. Alice has really taken to the kissing game. I now just have to look at her and say kisses and she opens her mouth waiting for me to push my cheek a little closer to get kiss from her. Jonathan has also started to work out how to play the game as he realises that as soon as it is over he gets his milk. Oscar, well he just isn't interested in playing that game as yet. He has taken to talking, well making noises, especially when I bath him.

The kids have had some issues with sleeping lately. We jumped on the net and read about the benefits of white noise. While Brad was deciding which CD would be the best one to buy (Fan noise, car noise etc) I turned the radio on and moved the dial off station. We now have FM static and 3 sleeping babies. The stereo in the nursery now plays FM static and we now have 3 babies who sleep between feeds.

If anyone has, or is expecting multiple babies, you should consider using the Podee baby feeding system. They have helped us feed 3 babies at once, hands free. We don't use them all of the time, yes we still do one on one feeding, however they come in really handy when you are at home by yourself with 3 crying babies. They were on Oprah. I am unsure if the reduce wind as claimed however they allow you feed 3 babies at once. Paula, you should have a look at getting some of these for your three. You can get them from ebay at a really good price.

Some photos. Peter

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My how quickly they grow.

Now that I have fully recovered from our traumatic encounters with the MHA and FRRO in New Delhi (I still feel that more therapy is required however some Verse 1 Cardonnay with do the trick),   I finally have the time to post some photos. The kids are thriving in the clean air of Australia. They no longer constantly sneeze.

The boys are 6 weeks old on Monday and Alice will be 5 weeks old tomorrow. Oscar now weighs in at a hefty 4.5kg, Jonathan at 3.5kg and Alice is 3.75kg. Alice has worked out how to play the kissing game with me. After about 2 goes she worked out that if she plays along with me she gets a bottle and of course some unwanted hugs and kisses. Oscar is ready lifting his head up when we put him on is stomach. Jonathan has started to imitate the call of a local crow. I have to listen really carefully to see if he is calling me or if it is the crow. The kids are responding to their names and they all know what the sound of the microwave means, MILK. We managed to get some red books for them. They had their first trip to see Dr Gary on Thursday. They loved the car ride and remained asleep for most of the trip and visit.

The air-conditioner for their room was installed on Friday. Now it is too cold in there, even with the temperature set on 25 degrees. They love their musical aquariums. Oscar has worked out how to turn his on.

Time for some photos:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

There's no place like home.

Well, after a turbulent few weeks since my last post we finally arrived back on Australian soil tonight. What a marathon effort we went through to get back home. During this process we met many interesting people, made some new friends and experienced the Indian way of life. For those fellow parents and intended parents that we met in  Delhi, we thank you the opportunity of allowing us to get to know all of you. For those who are following after us, I wish you all the best and would like to let you know that when you are sitting there at 3am in the morning engaged in a staring contest with your son/s and daughter, no matter what you go through to get there it is worth it. We have been blessed with Jonathan, Oscar and Alice. All of them are very healthy and love being kissed and cuddled, well most of the time. We think that Princess Alice has worked out that she has to nice to the strange men as they are the providers of my num nums (milk).

Our trip out of Delhi nearly ended in complete disaster. We were so overwhelmed by the whole exit and security process that we forgot to pick up a bag from the security checkpoint. This bag contained all of the records for the children, DNA, birth certificates, Citizenship documents etc. We realised that were missing our bag when the they announced the boarding call for our plane. The ensuing scene was something out of one of those airline shows. One of the counter staff and I ran from one end of the Airport back to the security counter. Naturally our airline was departing from the the very last terminal in the airport, and if you have been to the new IGA you would know that it is a fair hike from one end to the other.  When we got to the counter the security staff took one look at me and said, " Babies, you forgot your bag. Silly man" I got back to the flight with about 5 mins to spare. Thank you Singapore Airlines check in staff. Singapore Airlines were exceptional with how they treated us on our return flight.   We changed our bookings at 3pm in the afternoon for the 11.25 flight. As we couldn't get the basinet seat on the flight they blocked the seat next to us so that we would have room to put the infants on the seat next to us. This was amazing as the flight was full except from the 3 infant seats that they gave to us. The service from the Singapore Airlines staff on both legs of our journey was nothing short of amazing.

A big thank you to Dr Schivani and the team at SCI for allowing us to fulfil our dreams of becoming parents. If anyone needs a nurse, we can recommend a wonderful lady. Her name is Miriam for short. We are happy to recommend her to anyone who needs a nurse whilst in Delhi. She helped us with our children during our stay in Delhi. I am sure that the kids are already missing her and the way that treated them.

The kids are getting bigger every day. Jonathan is no longer the quiet one however he is just adorable. Alice is just so cute and loves giving hugs when being burped. Oscar is so easy going and just watches  everything. They were all angels on the plane trip home. They only started to whinge when we went through customs. Peter