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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The last Hurrah...or so to speak!

We had a wonderful weekend together. We spent the night away at one of our favorite spots up north in Pine Top in a log cabin in the woods. It was just the 3 of us (yes, of course Frankie too). We figured it was going to be our last small vacation for quite awhile of romantic, quiet, alone time. So we took advantage of it and of course ended up spending the entire time talking about how drastically our lives will be changed forever, how excited we are for our baby to arrive and what wonderful vacations we have in the coming years, which will now be the 4 of us going away for fun.

We are busy, busy (What else is new???): ...

We are preparing and sending my Indian Visa off for renewal. We are applying for a 5 year Visa for me this time and hoping they will send me a 10 year like they did Gerry.

Completing all the finishing touches on the Rain Forest themed nursery, from painting to putting up fake vines, to designing, drawing and hand painting a growth chart for our little one (I am especially proud of that one as I haven't used my art skills since high school), installing a TV and DVD player so Daddy and watch all the Disney video's with his little angel (yep he has already started).

We scheduled a consultation with a local pediatrician that my dear friend and beautician recommended to us. Ironically his name is Dr. Gentile (what a perfect name for a baby Doc) and we have heard wonderful things about his practice and can't wait to meet him and talk vaccines, baby check ups and all that new parent stuff.

Preparing for a party here at our home for family and friends to share in the celebration of our little angel. We are going to show pics of India, enjoy some Indian dishes and finger foods, karaoke, swim and have a few cocktails. Just pure celebration and fun!

We will start packing our bags this month for travel to India which will include washing onesies...oh my I certainly do have my work cut out for me there!!!!

We got our latest update on our surrogate KT. The Docs have been in contact with Dr. Soni who just did a checkup on KT and the baby last week. Both are doing great and much to our surprise KT may even go to term. Her cervical stitch is holding just fine and baby is right where it needs to be. WHEW...that gives a few extra weeks to get ready, hopefully!

We are already at 30 weeks and time is flying by.

So many baby pick ups and new cycles are right around the corner for so many of our on-line friends. Carrie Jo and Shawn, Chaya and her hubby, Stephanie and her hubby (I am sure I am forgetting a few more) are picking babies up very, very soon. Kerrie and Marc and Daria and hubby are heading to Mumbai for their first cycles. What excitement! I remember our first trip well over a year ago and it will remain near and dear to our hearts forever. We wish all of these couples and so many others wonderful, successful and safe trips to India. Just enjoy, take every moment in from meeting your surrogate, experiencing India, to seeing your babe for the very first time. It has been such a pleasure to share in all of this with so many of you all over the world.

Can't forget my Canadian buddies on July 1st... Happy Canada Day!

Your Baby at 30 weeks:

Big news for baby's brain this week: It's starting to wrinkle and fold and looks like something that grew in the back of your fridge. This is due to the rapid growth of your little genius's brain cells.

Other highlights this week:

Fingernails and toenails are finally finished—causing his or her parents great fear and anguish the first time they try to cut those little daggers (it gets easier, we promise)! Plus, the bone marrow is completely in charge of red-blood-cell production now. Trust us, this is a good thing.

Baby is starting to shed his lanugo—the downy hair that was covering his skin. Now that he's chubbier and better able to regulate his body temp, he doesn't need to sport a fur coat 24/7.

"I spy an umbilical cord and the inside of my mom's uterus!" When your baby is awake, his eyes are now wide open and he's whittling away the hours looking around, checking out his rather dark, limited environs.

Your baby hasn't gained much weight or height this week, as most of his energy's been channeled to the brain. He weighs about 3 pounds and is approximately 15.5 inches long, about the size of London, not the city, Britney Spears' Yorkie terrier. Of course your baby is less hairy and way cuter!