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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Welcome Third Trimester

No update from SCI but we are starting week 28, which is generally known as the end of second trimester, and we are very thankful for it. Although I feel for twin pregnancies the third trimester should be earlier! Time is definitely flying by as past few weeks have been quite hectic with multiple small and large projects happening in parallel. August madness is in full swing!

First off, congratulations to my good friend, Fred, for the arrival of his twin boys. On Sunday I had a pleasant and surprising Facetime session with him and got to see the little Chase and Camden. They are simply adorable babies!! We have been in touch for months and so happy to see him becoming father.  I always looked up to Fred for his advice as he was 9 weeks ahead of us. Now feeling the pressure that we are getting closer!

Here are some updates since my last posting:

• I shared the news with my boss and coworkers. The support has been wonderful. I'm working on planning my backup while I'm away on paternity leave (hopefully for 12 weeks).
• Fixing the apartment took longer than expected but finishing this week.
• Purging the house to make room for the babies stuff. This is painful!
• Last week I had to resign from my condo board membership as I won't have time anymore. Working on transitioning my responsibilities to my replacement.
• Researched pediatricians in our neighborhood and most likely going with TriBeCa Pediatrics which is in walking distance to us. We are attending their orientation / introduction session next month.
• Have signed up for CPR and Safety course - August 22.
• Have signed up for Essential Baby Care course - September 5.
• Introduced ourselves to the US embassy in Delhi and received a link with step by step info for the exit process.
• Started the DNA testing process by reaching to Chromosomal Lab in Arizona. Melissa Valmonte has been very helpful. Thanks to all who recommended her.
• Have started research on buying a car and hopefully will start test driving soon.
• Setup baby registries at Amazon and BuyBuyBaby.
• Our baby shower is set for August 17, and our wonderful friends have been very hard at work. We are grateful for their effort.
• Have created the list of baby items to buy but wanted to wait until after shower. The bigger items like stroller and car seats and the cribs will require more research and comparison shopping.
• Have started looking into setting up a will with a lawyer.
• Making travel arrangements seem too early at this point. But we are aiming to be in Delhi by week 37 which is October 13. That's when the babies are considered full-term. But I know we have to be flexible. So we will think about that in September.  For airline tickets, we'll look for direct flights from NY to Delhi either with United Airlines or Air India.

If we should be aware of anything else at this stage, please provide your feedback or email us directly. We appreciate everyone's support, and I hope my checklist can help the IPs behind us in their journey. Please reach out if you have any question.

Recently when people hear our news they usually give us such advice: "get plenty of sleep; take some vacation; go to nice restaurants now!!" My response to them: "I have rested, vacationed and dined for too long!" LOL Cannot be more than ready for this new chapter of our lives. Maybe I will sing a different tune next year at this time? :)

Our next scan is due in less than 2 weeks.  Happy August everyone.


  1. Congratulations Guys , We have been following your wonderful blog for a few weeks now. My wife and I (we are from Northern Virginia) are going through the same process with SCI, although we are about 7-8 weeks behind you guys. I've been in touch with Fred a few times and he's been very supportive and helpful.We were thrilled to see the pics of his handsome boys...Would it be okay to contact you guys regarding immigration precess etc ? would be great to have the inputs of people in the same boat ...

    Congratulations again , you guys are almost there...

    1. Thanks Amit. Feel free to reach out regarding the immigration or anything else we can help with. And good luck with everything in your journey.

  2. Congrats guys, another great milestone achieved. So much to do, so little time. They will be here before you know it!

    1. Thank you Ben. You guys are almost there too. Hope things are going well.

  3. damn!! You are organized!! Love it! Not long to go now..... Yay!

    1. Haha. we are trying, but sometimes things don't go according to plan, like our 2-week construction was dragged to 4+ weeks. oh well.

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    1. Thanks Lynn :) hoping to meet you guys in 2 months?

  5. Congratulations! We will have to wait until after the birth for our baby shower; people really wanted to know the sex of our baby before buying gifts and we already bought the main stuff (crib, stroller…). My personal advice: try some Yoga. I have spent so much time planning everything that relaxation became mandatory. ;-)

    1. Thanks guys! I agree with you regarding Yoga. It will definitely be helpful during this stressful time. Wow, you guys should have your baby any day in Mumbai! Best wishes. Happy for you :)

  6. Hey Guys! Sorry this post is a little late. Congratulations on reaching third trimester! Time is passing so quickly but it seems like you guys are making great progress toward getting ready for the twins arrival. Looking forward to hearing all about the shower. So much fun!!! Nathan is really looking forward to that part. Hope all continues to go well. So very excited for you!

    1. Thank you guys. The shower was great, being surrounded with friends and family. Will update the blog this week. I'm excited for you guys too and pray we both reach the finish line without any issues. Sending you big hugs from NY!!