Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Citizenship and Other Stuff

Well, we are still early in the pregnancy but I have decided to start the process of finding out what to do in order to get the babies home.  I figured it will help the time pass a little faster because it is certain that I will not be able to find anything that we need - considering we like to file paperwork in piles and then just pick up those piles and either shred them or put them in blue Rubbermaid containers which get stored in the basement.

First I contacted DNA Diagnostic Centers (DDC) to find out what I needed to get started on the DNA testing.  (Do any U.S. readers have a testing centers they recommend?) The gentleman I talked to was quite helpful in telling me that I need to contact the U.S. Embassy first to start the process.  I need to get a request for DNA testing and a reference number or at least an email request from the Embassy before DDC can ship anything over or even take Brian's DNA sample.  He did say that it takes usually a month from the start of the process but I am assuming that means from the onset of shipping and Brian's collection which will be done before the babies are born.  The DNA test takes 2 complete business days to process and then the results will be sent to the Embassy.

We are going to New York next week to get our Visa's.  We were also lucky enough to get tickets to The Chew.  I am so excited.  The Chew (in case you haven't seen it) is a daytime talk/cooking show that is taped in New York.  I get the best recipes from this show - my most favorite is a Butternut Squash soup that is amazing!!!!   The one thing I look forward to with colder weather is Butternut Squash soup - yum!!!  

We are due for 16 week scans next week - I swear it feels like months instead of a few weeks since our last update.  Looking forward to the end of the month - Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas - the holiday rush should make the time go faster, right?!?  ;-)


  1. Chromosomal Labs in Arizona was awesome and quick. So important to choose the right lab. We used Poonam Jain to help us with the immigration stuff. Happy to send you her email. Her copying and delivering the docs alone was worth her fee, however, if you end up in a situation like ours, she becomes worth her weight in gold. The visa is easy. Promise to do a post before it's your turn:) I've been meaning to do it forever.

  2. bernadette is right Chromosomal labs in Arizona, i am going with them and working with melissa frim there she is very helpful and I was told in sme cases it speeds up the process by a day or so if u get your DNA done here in the USA

    1. Thanks! I am going to give them a call on Monday