Thursday, 24 October 2013

8 Months

This Sunday the twins will be 8 months.

I'm constantly amazed at how quickly they learn, and master new skills, while they are not crawling yet they are almost there, and I know when April finally figures it out she will be zipping around.  Charlie being a boy is happy just sitting and watching the world go by.

In the last few days both of their bottom teeth have started coming through, Charlie has been getting up in the middle of the night, but I think this is more because I took him off the night time sleepy formula, so tonight I will put him back onto that.

The laws regarding passports for children born through surrogacy changed in April this year, your now require the surrogates consent for a passport, I didn't both trying to do that and just filled out a couple of exemption forms, it took three months for me to get their new passports, most of that was because of incorrect advice being provided by the Passports Office and overzealous Australia Post workers who kept refusing to accept the forms for the most stupid reasons.

Such as the person stating that they knew the children wrote "known for 6 months" but because when it was signed they were only 5 months and 24 days, so the forms had to be redone.  Once redone we completed N/A under the years field and then 5 months, Australia Post rejected it again saying they should have wrote 00 Years 05 months, after that and a whole other bunch of mishaps I made an appointment to deal directly with the passports office.  I hate to say it but the FRRO were far better than Australia post.

So if you are in Australia and need to get a new passport, make sure you allow plenty of time, in theory and for a lot of people I know it has been very straight forward, but just in case it pays to be prepared.

I really do miss India and would love to live and work there and expose the kids more to the Indian culture, but I don't think I will return before the kids turn 6.  I have found this adorable youtube clip of nursery rhymes in Hindi.  It goes for about 15 minutes and is fairly cute.  Here is the link if anyone is interested

I'm still working out returning to work, I am currently on leave from my job in Canberra until early next year. When I found out I was having twins I decided to move to Perth to be closer to family to have that additional support when needed, the problem is that Canberra is more than 3000km away so I am trying to negotiate working out of the Perth office.  I am sure something will work out.

Here are a few pictures from the last couple of months.


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