The pressure to keep these posts exciting and interesting is becoming somewhat of a challenge. After 5 days in Mumbai we're fast running out of things to do. Today was another 'free' day, so we went shopping at R-City shopping centre in East Mumbai. After a number of hours trying on clothes at exceptionally low prices with multiple purchases ensuing, we headed back to the hotel.
At breakfast this morning, we ran into the same couple who were at the clinic we mentioned in the blog on Day 3. In an attempt to share knowledge and experiences, GB invited them for a drink this evening. They were to meet their surrogate today and weren't sure of what time they would be back, but would be happy to have a drink.
We finally caught up at around 6.30pm and enjoyed a few peaceful beers and some nice food in the cavernous hotel cafe/bar. Over the course of four hours we shared our experiences of how we arrived at India, why we were undergoing surrogacy and what our hopes were for what SI would hopefully bring. It's incredible how similar our experiences have been to date, including the blow by blow similarities of our Mumbai tours and the shops we were "invited" to check out. Tomorrow they leave for Goa before returning to their home country. Good luck guys, we hope it works out for you.
Tomorrow we are off to Lilavati Hospital to make another donation where the ED is due to have the egg retrieval done in the late morning. This means, that by tomorrow afternoon the eggs (lots of them we hope) will be fertilised and hopefully our future baby will be growing. Months of planning, research and effort will finally come to it's exciting crescendo. While that is happening, we'll head over to SI's head office in the afternoon to meet our surrogate and sign some paperwork.
Then - apparently - we're done. There's nothing more we can do and it is all over to SI, the surrogate and the IVF Lab.
As much as we are glad we've come to Mumbai - it isn't a city for tourists and we're hoping to change our flights to leave on Sunday. If we can't, we might head to Goa for a few days - rather than spending them in Mumbai. We'll see what happens.
Either way, so far so good and here's hoping everything tomorrow goes fine.