Thursday, July 4, 2013

32 Weeks and Belly Photos

I cannot believe that I am at 32 weeks now.  Time has flown by.  It feels like just yesterday I was in India.  I remember reading the blogs of people who were 30+ weeks and thinking to myself "its going to take me forever to get to that point."  I had no idea how fast these weeks would fly by.

Knowing that my return to India is so close, I've spent the last couple weeks preparing for what I and the twins would need while in India.  So far, I began filling out the CRBA, passport, and social security forms (the portions that I could fill out at this point).  I have also emailed the US Embassy introducing myself and advised them of my situation.  I have arranged for the DNA kits to be shipped to the US Embassy.  I am working with Chromosomal Labs in Arizona.  Specifically, I have been speaking with Melissa Valmonte.  She has been recommended to me by many and I remember seeing various bloggers who used Chromosomal Labs and were satisfied.  So far, I am satisfied.  Melissa seems to know exactly what she is doing.  She is very accessible.  I have been able to reach her each time I have called.  Chromosomal Labs work with various labs across the country and the parents can have their DNA taken before arriving in India.  I will be going next week an affiliate lab in Alexandria, VA to get my DNA swabbed. 

In addition to the boring stuff like filling out forms and arranging DNA testing, I have done some fun things like buying baby stuff for my trip.  I received many items from people at my babyshower a couple weeks ago.  I will likely receive more items from my office baby shower on Tuesday, July 9th.  I went to target to use a gift card that I received at my babyshower.  I called Kim Hendrix - client manager and most importantly friend- and she stayed on the phone with me the entire time I was in the store.  She was able to tell me how much of everything I would need while in India.  It was sobering learning about how much formula and diapers I would need for my 3 week stay LOL.  It was really fun buying everything - it feels so real now.  Its funny because Kim's heart drops every time I call her because she thinks I'm calling to say the babies are here LOL.  I can tell she really cares and I appreciate it.   I will add a list of everything that I am taking when I pack to help others that have trips coming up.   

So, I emailed SCI and asked if my surrogate would be willing to take belly photos; she was willing to YAY! I think its so cool to see the photos.  A big thank you to my surrogate and SCI for the photos below.  I hope everyone has a good day and a happy 4th in the States.



  1. Happy 4th of July, Fred. Great pics of the surrogate. I'm happy things are going well with you. Will drop you an email. xoxo

  2. Wow I love the belly pictures , it really make it all seem so real. I'm at 24 weeks and I'm trying to get things in order is there any advice you or anyone could share . about what documents to send when applying for the India Visa. please email me at Thank you and all Ip blogger out there good luck and GOD BLESS.