With the birth of Littlest of Men we are dealing with (just a little of) American bureaucracy for the first time. Thanks to Shannon we heard about an off-site day the US embassy is doing in Bordeaux next week so we got an appointment that keeps us from having to go all the way up to Paris. So next Thursday we’ll be packing Littlest and lots of papers into the car to drive down to declare him to the US government, get him a passport, and get him a social security number.
One of the funny parts of this process is proving that I lived at least ten years in the US. My mom dug up a bunch of papers and brought them over when the visited, so I have old test scores, my high school diploma, taxes, out the wazoo to take to them.
The other funny part is that Littlest has to have his passport photo taken. I did some research on the internets to see what other people do and ended up lying him down on a white cloth (J has a white travel towel that’s very thin). I had a toy prepared to make him smile and look at the camera but smiling and looking at people are his primary activities these days after sleeping and eating, so it was actually really easy.
I used an app called Passport Booth that got the dimensions right, and I’ll print them off on our home printer. There were a number of apps on the Apple store for taking US passport-sized photos, so hopefully I’ll never have to pay 20€ again to have a professional do it!
I’m telling you he was a pro:
He might be a little too smiley in that one actually so I’ll be printing off all four sets that I took just in case.
Also, he’s still losing his hair. Nobody believes me but I think he’ll be one of those babies that loses his birth hair and has different hair grow in later.
This whole process is not free of course. There’s the passport to pay for and the declaration of birth abroad costs 100€ as well, and since it’s an off-site service, we can only pay by chèque de banque which costs 10€. All of that so that Littlest can one day pay American taxes!