Saturday, 27 August 2011

7 weeks in......

Well this post feels a bit like re-run of the wait to meet our baby! Yes we have been here 7 weeks on Tuesday going into our 8th Week!! It's starting to send us all a bit crazy now is all we can do is sit back and wait....We submitted our MN1 application to the British High Commission on 22nd July and then finally received an application number on the 11th August...Yes you heard right...20 days just to get a number for our application...we rang on Friday and was told we still don't even have a case worker....suprise suprise!! If you don't know the MN1 application is for citizenship in the UK and goes with every other person applying to get into the country, no matter what your circumstances. Every day they receive around 800 applications and ours is sat in a pile somewhere. We knew we would be here for around 12 weeks as they originally said on the Foreign Office website, 8 weeks for citizenship and then 4 weeks for passport application.....and now wait for it, the crappest news ever....this has now increased to 3-6 months for citizenship plus 1 month for Passport!! We've contacted the consulate and they do sweet FA! They are no longer in the position to help after its sent to the UK and its completely out of their hands...:(

So don't know what to do really but one can expedite the case as we're in a queue with everyone else.

On another completely different note, 28th August has always been quite a good day for us! We moved in to our first apartment in Hong Kong on the 28-08-08 (The chinese for 8 is "ba" which means lots of luck hopefully!) My ID card in HK is also the 28-08-08 and We came to Delhi for our first "Donation" on the 28-08-10 and the result was our Boy Beau, a year later! So tomorrow is 28-08 and we are hoping that this week brings us a step closer to home!! Our new apartment in Venice is number 4828....again, we met on the 08-04 and our lucky number 28 keeps coming up!!

We are meant to flying home on the 20th September but at the minute I don't see this happening, so we will be looking to change our flights in the next week or two as one of us will have to go back to Florence to pick up our pups and empty our Florence apartment by the 30th September.

What else has happened??? Beau has continued to be a beautiful boy and fun to be with....he still has his umbilical hernia but his colic does not seem to be as bad which has been good for us, as he is now on a four hour eating pattern! Yay!! Adam has been ill again and his Veneer then broke! So we have all been a bit up and down lately but we have to keep our eye on the prize....HOME!!!!!! Michael went to see Doug and chad with Beau last week and really enjoyed the great company and BBQ ribs! Beau loved the copious amount of cuddles!

Here's some cute pics to finish with as he is the thing that keeps us going and the light of our lives.


  1. Seems like a cool little guy! Good luck getting home soon. Dealing with government red tape is so frustrating.

  2. He certainly is adorable, what big beautiful eyes. I feel for you guys. Is there anyway to get in touch with a member of parliament in the UK who could maybe assist in expediting this considering your circumstances? Sometimes in Canada the MP has some pull and maybe a compassionate heart to go along with it. Indeed the child is what makes it all worth it, enjoy this time.

    Orions Grannie

  3. I do not envy you guys. Hopefully it will all be forgotten when you FINALLY get home.

  4. Stay healthy...both in body AND mind!!!
    All the bureaucratic crap will become a footnote to Beau's extraordinary story someday...keep pushing forward and don't let it dominate your days. Thinking of you all....

  5. Your son is gorgeous!! Hope you'll get to bring him home to meet the puppies soon.
    All the best!

  6. I guess the upside is that you've been through the ringer several times before with surrogacy and here you are, you got what you wanted. Albeit, there are a few snafus that need to be dealt with. But the most important thing is that all the experiences built up to now have prepared you for these tough times. Lord knows we'd all want a simple pregnancy (the first time), in the first country we tried, but plans took you to India and it sure took off from there. So glad it all worked out...the same will happen for your exit out of the country. Think positive and relish the experiences. It definitely looks like you are. Beau is a beaute!!! Take care guys...Hugs.