Thursday, September 12, 2013

Journey of a Lifetime (Beginning)

Wow, what a crazy last 48 hours it has been.
Before I left, I had some of my friends stop by and wish me well. Below you will find a pic of my friend Jeff getting me some matching outfits for the babes.

That next day Mom and I set off for the "Adventure of a Lifetime". Here is a pic as we set off from the San Francisco Airport.

We flew Virgin Atlantic and stopped in London. We had about 5-6 hours to spare so I decided to show my Mom around the town. My Mom had never been to London (or even Europe for that matter), so it was great to experience London with her. She had a ball. Here's us in front of the London Bridge (completely sleep deprived).

From there we headed off to Delhi. I could not sleep at all on the plane because I was so excited. As we got through customs, we saw one of Rahul's driver awaiting us. This is a huge difference from last year when I came into Delhi and 1am and my driver from the hotel was not there and I had to argue with a driver to take me all the way to the neighborhood GK-2. The smoothness of this trip has been a blessing. We got into our hotel room, I went and picked up fresh Aquafina water, and then we headed to the hospital to pick up the babes. When we got to the hospital, we could see that they were sleeping next to each other (swaddled down), which was great.

There was a little drama at the hospital as there was a slight miscommunication as to when we would arrive and be ready to pick up the babies, but it was all cleared up and the process took an hour. Here's a pic of me first holding my girl Zora Jacinda:

Fellow SCI blogger and friend Fred asked me what was I thinking when I first laid eyes on them.
I guess I would say
1) WOW!
2) Beautiful!
3) OMG, what do I do now!

As I held them my arms shook. It was finally real and it was amazing. Being so removed from the process is a bit difficult, but makes this first moment so special. It is truly unbelievable.

While at the hospital, I met a couple from San Francisco who were picking up their twins. This was the second time they had used SCI (they had a 2 year-old daughter already). We exchanged information and wished each other well. I expect many play dates in the future with them.

Below are some pics from the ride 'home' to the hotel:

I will say that I am so glad my Mom is with me for obvious reasons. But it became super apparent to me how amazing she is. Once we got to the hotel, the babes started crying in unison and I was a bit frozen; the dreaded twins double team! Mom jumped right into action and worked it all out! Amazing! The first couple of days has been a really great mini-Mom boot camp. I have learned a lot.

About the Babes, just some tidbts:
They are strong and healthy. I am surprised how alert and active they are. They both loving having their arms free
They are both very social and their eyes follow my voice and look right at me. I was surprised to see that they are both trying to hold their heads up.

Zora is more vocal while Ravi is more chill.
Ravi pees every time he is getting his diaper changed. =)

That is it for now. Oh yeah...the paperwork process is going smoothly.

I love being a parent,


  1. That's so awesome Anwar. The babies are so adorable. Congratulations again. :)

  2. I am crying tears of joy on my iPad right now....
    Wonderful, amazing. thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story with us all. Enjoy your new life.

  3. Congratulations! The pictures of the babies are beautiful.

  4. HUGE Smile....I am SO happy for you! The joy you can see in your face when you are holding your babies is beautiful.

  5. Gorgeous babies, Anwar. So happy for you all!

  6. Beautiful wonderful marvelous babies. We are a richer world for them being here.
    Congratulations and much joy!

  7. OMG! They are so cute! Luckily your mom is helping you out :) heehee. Congratz! Best of luck and happiness in your new chapter!

  8. You have a great mom & parental instructor!! Maybe one day I'll get to meet you and your beautiful babies.

  9. Awww those pictures are adorable, Anwar! Belated congratulations :) Welcome to the world little munchkins! Happy they got here safe, sound and healthy. I know all about moms helping out, your mom is awesome. Take advantage of the sleep when you can! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the days/weeks/months ahead :) All the best, - Toban

  10. Congratulations daddy, this is amazing, what beautiful little souls. Enjoy every moment, so glad your mum is there to share this special time with you.

  11. Congratulations! I am over-the-moon happy for you all!

  12. Congratulations Anwar!!!! They are beautiful AND you got one of each! PINK!! Good to see some finally! It's been boy time lately.

  13. Congratulations. I remember those first moments and I have chills reading your blog posts. These stories never get old. I love them!