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So now that we are back from India and the girls are settled into the new fabulous nursery that Daddy built (okay decorated and assembled), you may be wondering whats next? Is all the excitement over? Is there any reason to continue reading this blog? Sure there is!!!!!

1. We still have to spill the beans about Lilavati Hospital.

2. We are going to Mississippi so Brian’s family can meet the girls and there will be lots of pictures!

3. We are going to add more and more information about India, surrogacy, and related stuff, so people who are interested in going to India for surrogacy will be better prepared.

Of course we love that all our family and friends can keep up with whats going on at home but we do want to make this a site for everyone to enjoy!

 

Love you all!

Lisa

Planet Hospital

Now it is time….. You have heard us thank a miriad of people and organizations over the past few weeks and they are all deserving of that thanks. Now I really need to tell everyone that ever reads this blog about how wonderful Planet Hospital is.

When we first started looking into doing Surrogacy over in India, I found Planet Hospital on the web. They seemed to be the only company here in the US that I could find that actually did Surrogacy and not just IVF. From the first contact I made, they were responsive, professional, and very caring. I went back and forth with them due to my own situation for months and then when we were finally ready to try India, they picked up the ball and ran with it. I was lucky enough to have Rudy Rupak (one of the founders of Planet Hospital) to help me through the entire process. Rudy is a completely caring individual that really takes a personal interest in all the cases. Rudy no longer handles client personally like he used to but has a company to run that takes most of his time. Even so, he still keeps his fingers on the pulse of the people his company helps with thier medical journeys. I am lucky enough to call Rudy my friend and over the past couple of months, Boss. I loved Planet Hospital so much, I asked Rudy to let me be part of the surrogacy team that helped other hopeful parents with thier journey.

Here is the thing, once my surrogate went into labor, Rudy stepped out of the boss role and went straight into being my Case Manager once again. I had recieved an email from the doctor after midnight telling me that Asia had gone into labor and never saw it. Rudy was calling every phone number he had for me to get me the news. Even as I was speaking to him he was on the other line getting my tickets booked and finding me a hotel. He stayed up with Brian and I until we got the news that our girls were born and that I had the first flight out in the morning. Once I landed in Mumbai, I had no sooner got out of the airport then my phone rings and his friendly voice is giving me the update on our girls and the situation at the hospital. Within 2 days I had a local cell phone provided by Planet Hospital and Rudy asked Planet Hospital’s country manager  Mr. Vipul Jain to come down from New Delhi to help me sort out all the problems of my twins early arrival and guide me with dealing with Lilavati Hospital. Mr. Jain is as courteous and distinguished a man as I have met in India. He was truly an asset when I was in crisis mode, sitting in India all by myself and worrying about my daughters. He made himself and his staff available to me at any time and that gave me a feeling that Planet Hospital was right by my side through out my stay. While in India, Rudy and I talked just about daily about the progression with my babies health and release from Lilavati, I truly believe that thier welfare was paramount in Rudy’s mind and for that I am forever greatful. Many of you know I had alot of trouble with Lilavati Hospital and soon Brian and I will sit down and write out the details but for now, just know that without Planet Hospital, the US Embassy, and the Rotunda Clinic we would problably still be in India working through miles of red tape created by the two top administrators of Lilavati Hospital. These two individuals created more hell for the sake of thier own ego than one could ever imagine. Again I stress it we will be competely endebted to all for the help and support we recieved.

So for all of you thinking about doing this, please go to www.planethospital.com and learn for yourself how wonderful they are.

 

Lisa

Wrap up of today’s travels..

How cool is Continental? We were originally slated to leave India on June 30th. We called our inside girl, Sandy, at Continental and she told us the flights were full, that she could only do so much from her end. And a lot she did for me, let me tell ya. But she couldn’t get us out before the 30th.
So the hotel manager, Norbert, called Continental on Wednesday and explained about the babies and what not. She said that with a Dr.’s note they could waive a ticket change fee for one of us. That would be Lisa’s ticket. My change fee would stand. Total cost to get out same day would be $850.00. I hated to do it but we said ok. We left and went to the Rotunda Clinic for a goodbye party with the Dr’s and nurses and our surrogate, Asia. She is so tiny that I am now not surprised the twins came this early.

This is Asia, wearing the veil in the background.  She’s about 4’10”.
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So we leave the party and bust back to the hotel to finish packing. I get the girls in their new stylin’ car seats (I really recommend Baby Trend brand. Very Nice, easy to use, and lightweight).
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Kelsey
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We head to the airport and traffic is horrible, but then again, when is it not in Mumbai?
Keep in mind, this is a 3 lane road.
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But we get to the airport, get thru Customs, Immigration and to the ticket counter. Here is where Continental gets awesome. We had to purchase the girls a ticket each. Not a seat mind you, but a ticket, deep discounted for infants. Around $500 total. But they did not charge us the ticket change fee for me or Lisa! And they gave us the bassinet row of 3 seats. Lisa and I had the aisle seats and Continental blocked out the middle seat so we could have the whole row. Way to go big C! This makes up for the 15 hour delay I had getting to India!

So we are on the plane, we take-off and we are homeward bound. 14 hours and some change and the twins were awesome! Not one whimper out of either of them. That’s my girls!

We land in Newark and meet up with Uncle David and Aunt Lucy. They drove 3 and a half hours from CT to see the girls for 20 minutes. And it made Lisa’s day. She was so happy to see them and that they could meet their new nieces.
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So we head off to the gate for the flight to San Antonio and again, Continental comes through. We did not have seats for the girls, we were going to hold them the whole 3 hours home. But the flight wasn’t that full so they gave us seats for them so they could stay in their car seats. The passengers oohed and ahhed and I’ll say it… I was damn proud..Beaming..I love talking about my girls. I have always been fairly dis-interested in people’s kids stories, but now I are one to tell them. I get it now. I’m witchu..to quote Steve Martin..

So we get to SA and there’s GrandMarne and Pappa Larry. Wild horses could not contain Lisa’s mom. I felt sorry for anyone who might have stepped in her way as she made a beeline for Lisa and Kelsey. Another proud moment for me.

The rest of the day was spent unwinding and decompressing. But here are some more pics. I hope you find my girls as beautiful and angelic as I do.

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Here is Becca and Vaishali, the documentary film crew.
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One of the cameramen..
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That’s all for today..but there is much more to come. Some of you have heard of the troubles that we had getting the girls out of the hospital, but that was just the beginning of trouble. More to come tomorrow.

B
 

We’re Home!!

Just walked in the door to our home in San Antonio, with GrandMa Marne and Pappa Larry. We’re going to decompress for a few hours and then I’ll post up a travel report and new pictures!!

Leaving tonight!!

We are confirmed for a flight tonight, we’ll be landing in San Antonio around 11am Thursday San Antonio time.. gotta go!!

Quick Update

We have no internet in our room at the moment, I am on a borrowed connection. We are getting the exit visas today and are going to try to fly standby tonight to get home sooner.

Hopefully more info coming later today.

Thank you all for the kind comments and checking for updates. We appreciate the love and support.

B

Free at Last.. you know the rest..

We have the girls at the hotel, the hospital bill is paid, and we go get passports and visas in the morning. We are now way ahead of schedule. I have been up over 24 hours, so this will be short..just random pics, not labeled at the moment maybe later..

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