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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mumbai here we come...again!

Well, we are back and haven't slowed down one bit. We had a fabulous time in San Diego area and can't wait to return, as there was SO much to do and so little time to see and do it in. SeaWorld was great! It was slightly overcast, but perfect, as most of the shows and events are outdoors, so it made for a comfortable day. We did a lot of walking and sightseeing on Coronado Island and walked along the beach. Something we haven't done since leaving the coast of Florida.

We received an unexpected email from a couple who follow our blog and also have their own IP Surrogacy Forum and newly formed agency here in the U.S. They live in the Bay area and suggested we meet up. J & C (IVF land on Surrogacy World) are an absolutely fabulous couple. We had lunch and literally talked for hours (3 or so in total). We immediately bonded. They reminded us so much of ourselves, just your average couple, desiring to become a family and struggling with the disappointments and roller coaster of infertility. It was really nice to share stories, exchange information and most of all, remember we are not alone in this journey.

We leave in just a few days for Mumbai. We have been getting in some last minute shopping and what started as 'taking it easy on the number of gifts this trip' has now ended up with a bed full of gifts for all. Like we will ever be able to 'take it easy'!!! We plan on having a jam-packed trip of visiting, traveling and seeing our bundle of joy. We will hopefully be able to get to see the Mike's and their new little girls, who were both just born in the last few weeks. We couldn't be happier for their beautiful family and it would be great to see them all in person and share a little in their joy.

We got an unexpected phone call from India today. S & J called to touch base and update us on their latest adventures with their beautiful daughter Savannah. We hope to be able to see them next week, but if we don't, we will have all the time in the world to visit right here at home when they return.

We are a little late... but here is what is happening with our baby....

Your Baby at 18 weeks:

Your baby's ears are now facing forward and are completely formed so she can actually hear you talking now. You don't need to abandon your potty mouth just yet, but you might want to start thinking about it!

Other highlights this week:

This week is also the beginning of ossification. And while that sounds like some long and involved paperwork you'll have to fill out, it's really a fancy medical term for the hardening of your baby's miniature bones. And that's a good thing.

Your baby's nerves are making more and more complex connections. Her sense of smell, taste, sight and hearing are all developing. A substance called myelin, which makes nerve connections travel faster, is now coating your baby's nerves.

Your baby now weighs between 5 and 7 ounces and is about 5½ inches long—about the size of a pickle from the corner deli.

Well, its back to packing, spending a little bit of time with my hubby on our 9th wedding anniversary today, and getting a little rest sometime in the near future. I certainly will need it, because I am sure there won't be much rest time in 5 months time.