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We have embarked on a life-long journey to become a family. In June 2013, we have brought home two beautiful babies. Our family is now complete and our marriage formally recognized by state and federal laws.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A milestone even if it's just a fluke

Our boy and girl did an amazing thing -- they rolled over during their tummy time. Their post-gestational age is just over 2 weeks, but since they were born prematurely (32 weeks), they are officially just over 2 months old. Rolling over is something we expect around 4 months, so it's likely a fluke. Needless to say, it was fun seeing them roll over for the first time.

The twins got their last vaccination (pneumococcal) prior to traveling. Both had mild fever, but it was gone the next day. It was our last visit to Dr Gupta's clinic, and so we decided to donate to NICU at Eden Hospital all the preemie clothes we brought to Delhi. We also gave him 8 packs of preemie (P)-size diapers, which we know will be put to good use -- we felt terrible seeing preemie babies (including our own) in the NICU wearing gigantic clothes and diapers. With the milk volume the twins now drink, the P size just could not handle the pee anymore.

Goodbye preemie diapers -- goodbye leaks! Hello newborn diapers!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's official

The twins got their passports and CRBA, so we are happy that things are rolling along. Next is the dreaded exit visa. Ugh! *Thinking happy thoughts -- Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kitten, bright copper kettles, and warm woollen mittens...*

Anyway, they got their second dose of vaccinations. It's very difficult to see your kids suffering, especially when the needle hit and the loud scream and cry followed. Parenthood really gives you that feeling and emotion that you wanted to protect them from anything that upsets or hurts them.

So, we come home after the doctor's visit in the evening, and like what our friends said, your memory goes down the drain -- we completely forgot to ask about side effects like fever and what medicine to give if the twins do get a fever. Luckily, Rahul (Western Taxi Service) came to the rescue and kindly asked one of his drivers to stop by the pharmacy and buy us baby paracetamol drops. Whew! Thanks Rahul and Gargan! Unfortunately, both got elevated temperature to mild fever temperature (100.4 F/37.5 C), but it wasn't high enough to medicate them as per the doctor's advise. Today, their temperature appears to be stabilizing and hopefully on the downward trend. Next week would be the last vaccination. Yay!!!

Our boy finally caught up with his sister -- well, almost. He is now 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs) and his sister is 3.3 kg (7.2 lbs). Their growth rate is linear and can be predicted by regression with an R-squared of 0.99 (for scientists/mathematicians out there). On their due date (unofficial birthday), we switched our boy from Dr Brown's Level P (preemie) nipple to Level 1, and that was a mistake. His reflux got worst and he had a couple of projectile vomits. Luckily, we brought other bottles and tried which one works for him. We found that Philip's Avent bottle/nipple worked well in minimizing and mostly preventing his reflux.

                                Here they are enjoying each other's company....
Hello daddy and papa! Aren't we cute?