Wooohoooo we’ve made it to the second trimester!! It feels like I JUST returned from India. Where has the time gone?!?! I received an updated USG scan today along with an email saying that everything looks normal and the twins and surrogate are both doing well. It also says that my surrogate has completed her first trimester. I swear I thought it would take forever to reach this point but time really flew by. I wonder if the rest of the pregnancy will fly by too? I hope not because I have so much I need to do. The only downfall of being in the 2nd trimester is that I will only receive USG scans once a month; I’ve gotten used to receiving scans every 2 weeks. Here is the most recent USG scan of my babies (I don't know which twin is which. I can only make out a couple of the sonograms. Perhaps someone can teach me LOL):
You know what is funny…my days are now consumed with watching pregnancy shows, reading articles about raising twins, baby products, etc. Speaking of which, there are many items specifically for twins: twin bassinets, hands free bottles, obviously twin strollers, cribs, high chairs, etc.
Now that I’m in the 2nd trimester, I need to seriously sit down and map out a plan to bring babies home.
How did you go about booking a flight? Did you wait until the last minute since you never know when the babies will arrive? Did you book a ticket that allows you to make last minute changes? Which airline did you fly? I was very impressed with Emirates and will likely fly them again. I was thinking about calling them to see if I can get some special seating since I will be flying with two infants. I’ve read that they have bassinet available and will accommodate you. I am thankful because my Godsister “T” will be meeting me in India to help me bring home babies (maybe this will help me avoid the “where’s the wife” questions too). I’m thinking about how to coordinate our departure tickets also. I will arrive in India before she will but I want to make sure she is on the same returning flight and seated next to me. Should we just book one way tickets each way? If you book a round-trip flight, how did you know what returning flight to select You don’t know when you will be done with all of the paper work. What if you finish earlier than expected? Should I take a baby carrier/ stroller to get through the airport? I am going to drive myself mad LOL.
Where should I stay? I’m strongly considering staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (next door to the Svelte) this time. Kim (client manager) stayed there to check it out and raved about the hotel. Kim has always been honest with me and I trust her opinions; she may have swayed me. Also, the Svelte is very expensive and this will not be a one-week stay like It was in December. I need something reasonably priced, clean, convenient, safe, accommodating, etc. How far in advance did you book your hotel? I was thinking about waiting until the 3rd trimester (btw….every time I’ve typed “trimester” in this blog, I’ve mistakenly typed “trimesterday.” I thought this was kind of funny). It freaks me out that once you are near your due date, the babies can come at any time and you just have to be ready. Also, how do you know how many nights to book your hotel? You never know how long all of the paper work will actually take? What if you book for 3 weeks and end up finishing earlier.
Birth Certificate, DNA, Passports, Exit Visa
I am dreading this part the most. I wish I had a price list that covers the costs of bringing home babies. Any advice on quickly obtaining the birth certificate? Any recommendations on DNA labs? How far in advance should I have the DNA kit shipped to the US Embassy?
Needless to say, I will be pouring over everyone’s blogs and bugging Kim with questions in order to come up with my own bringing home babies plan. For now, I will just sit back, and celebrate reaching this milestone. I hope everyone is having a great day.