Lilypie - Second Birthday

Monday, September 30, 2013

Anjali & Arian

Greetings from New Delhi!

Just posting a quick note about our status. So last week we bought our one-way ticket on Air India. We had a direct flight from JFK to Delhi that left on Friday at 3pm and arrived Delhi Saturday afternoon 3pm local time. There was a mix up with our arrival date and SCI thought we are arriving on Sunday, but as soon as we called Rahul, he sent his driver and within one hour, we left the airport and went directly to Eden hospital to see the babies. We arrived after visiting hours, but the nurses allowed us to spend 10-15 minutes with the babies. It was an unforgettable experience.

Couple of unfortunate things happened last week. First my partner got a cold right before the trip and hasn't been feeling well ever since. Secondly, my mother-in-law who was going to come to Delhi to stay with us twisted and fractured her ankle on Friday and had to have a surgery. It was heart-breaking for all of us as I know she was looking forward to seeing her new grand kids, and we were looking forward to spending time with her and get help from her and specially with her expertise with newborns. She is recovering well at the moment. But these things are out of everyone's hands.

We are staying at Tulip House (B-40) two bedroom apartment. Things are going well so far with the apartment. On Sunday we went back to Eden Hospital during visiting hours and met with Dr Anuj. Our babies were discharged on that date and we brought them home. The first few hours, I was fine with both and was so happy holding them despite the jetlag and lack of sleep. The difficulty was my partner was unable to get too close to the babies because of his cold and per advice from Dr Anuj. Sunday night was pretty overwelming as I was up until 6am. At that point we called the nursing services and they send Alice, this wonderful nurse who took over taking care of kids on Monday.

Yesterday we went to SCI, met with wonderful Dr Shivani and all the staff. The birth certificate process has started and we should get them in couple of days. Then met with Poonam and went through the paper work, US embassy interview and FRRO exit process. Hoping we can have our interview with US embassy and the DNA testing done next week. I was able to get some sleep last night (thanks to Alice).

The names for babies are confirmed:
Baby girl: Anjali Nina
Baby boy: Arian Millan

I will leave you with their pictures I took last night:

Our baby girl Anjali - 8 days old
Our baby boy Arian - 8 days old
 Hope everyone is doing well.

25 comments:

  1. They're absolutely gorgeous! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Ben. Yours you will be here before you know it. Hope you have packed already? :)

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  2. So much cuteness. Auntie Lynn will be there soon.
    Your children are lovely. You are going to be a great Dad.

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    1. Thank you Auntie Lynn and Uncle Raja! Babies looking forward to meeting you and their little playmate in few days! :)

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  3. Both are beautiful! I love that you captured Anjali's smile so early. Enjoy this special bonding time with just the four of you in India.

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    1. Thank you guys. I have caught both of them smile during sleep. But that night I was lucky to capture it in a picture.

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  4. I don't think it's possible for them to be any more adorable! I'm incredibly happy for you guys and hope that S feels better soon! :0) Enjoy every moment with those little ones!

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    1. Thank you Justin! S is already recovered and has started helping with the babies... Hope you are well.

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  5. Oh I love these little bubs so precious! The nurses are fantastic! If you see "our" nurse Anila please say Hi from Rebecca and Kai.

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    1. Thank you guys. So far we have had Alice, Ruth and Mani. Alice has been the best. Too bad she has a long term engagement and we cannot get her anymore. Will look out for Anila and will give her your regards. At this point, we only get help at night. Hoping we can take care of them some nights.

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    2. Hey guys, Anila is here today and I gave her your regards!

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    3. Thank you so much for remembering! Anila is lovely so is Ruth but haven't meet the other ladies you mentioned. Hope everything is going well :)

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  6. Congratulations Guys! Beautiful babies with beautiful names. Nathan and I both love the names. Hope that S. is feeling better soon. So Happy for You!!

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    1. Thank you guys. S is already feeling better. Tim, we'll be thinking of you if we go to Svelte. Hope your preparation for December is going well. Only 2 more months to go for you guys? :)

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  7. Gorgeous beautiful children!! Congratulations! Mobarak!

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  8. HI guys I am so happy for you they are just beautiful, now comes the real ride of your life. All I can tell you is be mentally prepaired for the ICE QUEEN at the FRRO. She can be very mean to us gay men, but be strong and ready for everything she throws at you. My time with her was not that bad after I told her what my profession was, but a friend of mine I made there that is a Aussie she made him almost cry and feel like crap. The US embassy is supper nice, they will do anything to help you. The only other thing is you may get harassed going through customs in India they kept asking me where the mother of the child was and wanted to put me aside, then my mom said she was the mom instead of grandma, as I was fine. But its really hit or miss other I talk to tell me they went straight through and others has the same issue as me. Just remember these are YOUR kids and no one is taking them away from you, that what I told them. On another note I am very happy for you, I hope your bf gets better as it sucks being sick taking care of a infant. I know be there done that. Good luck and getting home. And have fun being Dads.

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    1. Thanks Michael. The dreadful FRRO will be next week. Hoping the witch is sick that day so we can have an easy exit? :)

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    2. I don't think there is a 'witch' anymore. I was just there and there was just an older man that asked general questions. FRRO is much easier than it once was, I would just get prepared to wait a while. Bringing the twins might have them move a bit faster but it will still take a little bit of time.
      -Anwar

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  9. Congratulations guys!!! They are adorable!

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    1. Thank you Neetu. Soon it'll be you guy's turn!

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