Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome to the World ...

It is with great delight that Trevor and I welcome to the world ...

REUBEN HARVEY ALEXANDER ELWELL-WEST

Born Saturday, September 4, at 11:49am (New Delhi time)


Surrogate and baby doing very well.

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Wow ... what a whirlwind couple of days this has been!

We had arrived back from staying Wednesday night with Trevor’s mum Ellen in Cannock, to find an email from Dr Shivani saying that the surrogate had gone into pre-term labour, was having some bleeding (with clots), the baby was in breech position, and so would definitely be a caesarean.

After a few frantic emails back and forth, Dr S assured us that the surrogate and baby were both well, and that the birth could happen at any time … but hopefully in a week’s time. It was all up to “Baby R” and Mother Nature of course!!!

8:30am Saturday morning (UK time), we were awoken by a phone call from Dr S saying “Congratulations! Your baby has been born and it’s a boy!”. We both bolted out of bed, went into the girls’ bedroom to find two smiling faces peering at us from over the edge of the cot, and we all went downstairs for our traditional group “jelly hug” … where Aunty Brenda found us “grinning like Cheshire Cats”.

Reuben Harvey Alexander ...
  • Reuben For my father who passed away when I was 10
  • Harvey For two of Trevor's heros ... Harvey Milk and Harvey Fierstein
  • Alexander Gramps' name.
Even though it is going to be a few days before we get to Delhi to meet him in person, we know that Dr Shivani and her wonderful team will be taking very good care of him, as we have the utmost faith in the staff at Phoenix Hospital. We are so much more relaxed this time than last …

We will be arriving back in Melbourne on Monday night, and then it’s going to be another whirlwind of making sure the girls are settled with Aunty Barb who will be moving into our house while we are going, repacking, and then off to the airport once again! I can see the massive amount of jetlag looming on the horizon now! LOL

As many of you may know, my sister Barbara took four week’s leave to come with us when we collected Evelyn and Gaia from India. She is taking more time off to look after them while we will be in India collecting Reuben, and it is with great pleasure that he was born on her birthday. What a birthday present for Aunty Barb! We love you and thank you for all the help and support you have given over the past year and a half. Mwah!

And congrats to the 55 people (79%) who guess correctly in the poll! :)




Watch this space …


10 comments:

Fredrik said...

Congratulations to a new family member.

I´m absolutely sure that the staff at Phoenix will look after your baby. I will personaly look into it because we are there twice a day to meet our babygirl. She will probably come with us to the apartment tomorrow morning. Can´t wait.

I think you are going to stay at our place so we will probably meet eachother this week.

Until then, try to get some sleep and then on to it again, feed - sleep - feed...

See you!

/ Fredrik, Robert and Alwina

CocoaMasala said...

Congrats! He is absolutely adorable ;)

Edward said...

Happy New Baby Day!!!! Congrats to you both and safe travels as you make your way back around the world to meet your new boy!
Congrats!

Tigerlilycat said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome to the world Rueben. Your daddies and sisters can't wait to meet you. Enjoy being spoilt by Dr S and her staff until then.

Tigerlilycat said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome to the world Rueben. Your daddies and sisters can't wait to meet you. Enjoy being spoilt by Dr S and her staff until then.

Tigerlilycat said...

ps - he looks a great size for being born at 34 weeks. What's his weight?

Sarigirl said...

A very big congratulations to you Trevor and Peter. Rueben looks beautiful, I saw him yesterday and will visit him again today when I go and spend time with Vinamra. Have a safe flight, and catch up when you guys arrive.
Kind Regards
Renee & Paul

Amani (Meg) said...

Hello little man, you look so much like daddy. You sweet darling wonderul little boy. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!! So, when is number four coming?

Oddity Acres Clan said...

Oh HUGE congrats!
He is such a gorgeous bubba.

Raindrops on roses said...

Congratulations Trevor and Peter! I have just started following your blog as I recently set up my own.

I watched your videos on Mia Freedman's website and was so touched by your story.

Looking forward to reading much more about your beautiful children. It is so lovely to see two dads raising children that are their world. You are an inspiration.

xx