Monday, March 25, 2013

Laptop Hard disk crashed..

The laptop Hard disk crashed, and in the process, I lost quite a bit of photographs and videos of the newborn.

It was an IT disaster, that I have encountered for the first time ever, and has prompted me to think more seriously about putting my content (photographs and video etc) on cloud (amazon S3)..

In the meantime, the baby is going strong, and has been showing signs of responding to human interaction. For Example, she has started responding to "hi baby" and stuff like that, sometimes we caught her smiling as well...

Here are some photos from the days I got my new hard disk up and running...




Cord blood Banking for the second one...

Well, Technology progresses fast, and expectedly, the cord blood banking technology, and the facilities and benefits linked to that, in addition to the possibilities have improved a lot since our first ones'.  At that time also, we chose the best available option, and went ahead with Cryobanks for banking his cord blood

This time around, after doing some more research, we chose to go with a different vendor, life cell international. They are also a renowned organization, involved with the cord blood banking business for quite some time. 

One of the primary reasons for choosing Lifecell was that we wanted to chose two different organizations handling the banking of our two kids. if something does go wrong with one of them, at least the other one would still have the blood available.

Also, there is a new technology where they grow and do tissue banking for the baby, which can be utilized for the baby and in some cases, siblings, parents etc.  We have opted for that too.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 3

Day 4.. and the arrival at home...

Its getting lighter (she has lost about 240 gms) and cosier...especially with the upcoming homecoming...

After the maternity package days were over, it was time to head home, bring the lakshmi to her home...well, the current home that is.  The process was smooth, and the hospital had decorated our car with pink ribbons and pink balloons, in tune with the colour of the female...

The journey home was painstaking since I was trying to be extra cautious with the standard issue indian road :) However good roads you get, you cant avoid potholes and uneven breakers on Indian roads...

Due to the decoration, the car was a point of everybody's attention on the road, basically a head-turner...felt nice :)

Once we reached home, it was really really great... someone has said it right, home is home afterall, nothing in the world quite like it....







Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 3 ...

Day 3 started nicely, no night crying, all slept well.. and woke up rested...

Since it was past 36 hours of birth, there were a few tests due today, and the first order of the day was a blood extraction process, for determining jaundice affliction and other biochemical tests on blood.  Though it was painful to see blood going out of such a tiny body, it was nice to see the excellent way the process was performed. Basically, the whole thing finished in under couple of minutes.. Given the expertise of the nurse attending the child. Good job.

After that, it was the turn of her bath.  I had missed her first bath yesterday, but I wasnt going to miss this one.. So I tagged along, and was again stumped by the efficient way the nurse was performing the bathing.. simply excellent and clean..

Couple of hours later, the blood test reports came out, announcing absense of jaundice.. and the identification of blood group. Nice speed on the part of pathology lab and the staff involved.

Then the "complimentory" photo shoot lady came in and tried to use flash on her while shooting her pics.  I protested, and ensued a bit of a argument/discussion on how to achieve the same effect without flashing baby\s eyes with the blitz of a camera flash...  Eventually, we didnt get the photo shoot done, since the photographer wasnt ready/able to shoot anything without using a flash...  Instead, I clicked plenty of shots of the baby (all without flash, bit higher ISO, and a lower f number setting normally does the trick, ofcourse ambient light helps).

Tomorrow there shall be some other tests, and we'd be taking the baby home for the first time...