August 2011 Archives

Jordi

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It took 41 weeks and 5 days, but at 5:49pm on August 5th Jordi Ponnusamy was born.  For those keeping score: 8 pounds 9 ounces spread across 21 inches.

After a couple days and sleepless nights filled with contractions, we arrived at Puget Sound Birth Center at 1pm yesterday and were back home with Jordi precisely four hours after his birth.  Amazing.

First, we'll say that the Eastside Midwives team at PSBC were amazing—can't recommend them enough.  Second, Penny Simkin's birthing classes were invaluable.  Lastly, I'll shout out Lillie.  She popped a couple Advil when it was all said and done, but that's it.  Super proud of her for going the all natural route.  It was quite an experience to be a part of.

We'll be spending the next few weeks hanging out as a family.  And in two weekends, it's Jordi's first vacation—we'll be meeting up with our University of Chicago crew in Ronald, WA.  Should be an adventure.

We promise not to turn this into a baby blog, but please allow us to indulge for a little bit with some photos below!

Our Passports Are Full

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One final and picture less footnote to our Middle East/North Africa adventure...

While we saw only a tiny sliver of Egypt in the pyramids around Cairo, I'd say the odds of us going back for the rest of the sights are quite low.  The prevalence and pushiness of all the touts trying to pry Egyptian Pounds out of our wallets was too painful.  It's just not worth the hassle.

(Though I do take great pride in vigorously arguing with a Cairo cabbie on our final night of the trip who was trying to gouge us—I think he was left in complete disbelief that I had walked away paying the actual price for the service he provided.  I think Lillie was also in disbelief of my behavior.)

Thinking of our other visits in the region, there are better places to spend our dollars.  Every Jordanian in Jordan we encountered in 2009 couldn't have been nicer.  Even everyone in Sana'a, Yemen was incredibly warm to this interracial American couple!

Anyway, with our arrival back home, we successfully filled our passport's visa pages in less than 3.5 years of personal travel.  All within the sad confines of the normal two weeks/year of vacation policies.

It's been a helluva run touching five continents—and sitting in the front of the airplane en route:

  • Cyprus / North Cyprus – where we got engaged
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Chobe, Botswana / Madagascar – where we "honeymooned"
  • Galapagos Islands – best bang for the ease in planning
  • Round the World – Paris / Jordan / Uganda / Rwanda / Japan – our best and most epic trip to date
  • Katmai National Park, Alaska – grizzly bears galore
  • Churchill, Manitoba – polar bears here and there
  • Cape Town / Hong Kong – Lillie's 30th birthday
  • Namibia – my 30th birthday
  • Barcelona, Spain / Socotra, Yemen / Cairo, Egypt – where we "babymooned"

There's still work to be done, though.  Two more continents to visit.  Dreams of an annual trip to the African continent.  Spotting a Bengal in India.  We'll continue to grow our frequent flyer mileage accounts in constant preparation for this and more.

But in the short term, we might have to curb some of the adventure and stick to LEGOLAND.  Old news to most everyone, but the Klugusamy family expects to grow in population in the coming days.  So please stay tuned for that news soon...