We just sent a wire transfer to India for the deposit and egg collection. Eek!
We spent most of Sunday morning trying to figure out the most cost effective way to send money to India. Between the first kid and a sibling, the costs of sending money over there can nearly hit 3,000 USD. I can think of a lot more fun things to do with 3k!
There are plenty of services out there for sending money to personal accounts, but not very many that will allow you to complete business transactions online. In the end, I just went with my bank. They charge a $50 transfer fee and couldn't verify that exchange rate, so I am not sure if we got screwed on that or not. In any case, it's sent and there is no turning back now on this process!
It's really hard to try to stay grounded during this early part of the process. I can't say "we're going to be dads next year!" without feeling the need to add "if we get really lucky". I'm trying to balance my excitement of possibly having a baby this time next year and the reality that it will likely take multiple attempts to complete our family. Optimism vs. Statistics. Either way, we know we'll be dads at some point in the future and that's pretty freaking exciting even if there are several bumps in the road on the way there!
C & B