With the first adoption, we had a copy of the original birth certificate. We got the photos at AAA for $7. The Wednesday after finalization, we took our adoption order, the application we filled out, and the other paperwork and went to the library to turn in everything. The person that took the paperwork was very kind. We had a passport for the 1 year old within two weeks.
This time around, things are a bit different. We were given an original birth certificate for this baby but we moved …. and now I can’t find it. When I asked our adoption worker for another one, she said they couldn’t give it to me due to privacy concerns (we already had one) which made me shake my head. All we have is the adoption finalization paperwork and the medical files from the birth.
When I asked my adoption group if we’d be able to get a passport with that information, the responses ranged from “just take the original birth certificate” (which is no help) to “get your attorney to get it for you” (which is also no help).
Yesterday, our adoption worker called to see if we want to keep our case open or close it. She casually asked where we’re taking our babies (after finalization last time, we took our baby to South Africa) and I told her, “No where”. My plan was to wait the six to twelve months until her amended birth certificate came in and then visit somewhere. She said that she’s had several adoptive families get a passport after finalization with just the two documents that we got after court. She said to make color copies (don’t give the originals to the passport folks) to turn in with the application.
She sounded so sure.
I’m making an appointment for next week. We shall see.
My babies at a park. A year and a half apart. #DoubleTrouble Lol
We are taking two flights in the next few months. One is a coast to coast flight (baby girl’s first) and one is a short one-hour flight. I’m a bit anxious about it. My biggest concern is what to do with them both while on a long flight.
Usually the boy goes back and forth between our laps. He really enjoys looking out of the window. Well now …. she’ll probably want to go back and forth between our laps. He’ll have his own seat now but I’m not sure if that will be better or worse. Lol
I’m excited that:
- The toddler has first first airline points account.
- The toddler will have his own seat.
- The toddler will be able to have his own bag.
- Baby girl is taking her first flight.
- They will be able to entertain each other.
I’m worried that:
- The toddler will want more attention that we can give.
- Baby girl will not like flying.
- It will be hard to juggle two little ones.
Early morning siblings.
We’ve gone on a few driving trips and we’re getting comfortable traveling as a family. I usually get all worked up about something, try to research and plan, and it’s not as big a deal and I had worked myself up for it to be. Let’s hope that pattern continues. Lol
Anyone have any tips for traveling with two little ones?
We have a week of worked booked in Baltimore so we’ve extended on each end and are making it a family trip (we asked her social worker, hopefully the answer is yes)! Since this is our second time traveling with a baby in foster care, I feel a lot better. Last time I had a crapload of paperwork with me when all the airline cared about was a birth certificate. We had a very successful flight and I owe a lot of it to all the great advice I found on the internet.
This time, our oldest has his own seat and we’ll have a new lap child. We’re getting this airplane seatbelt since we travel a lot and our oldest is still a bit small. I know to pack lots of Ziplock bags, snacks, and a few toys. We’ll have two mei teis for this trip and we’ll have to ship two carseats under the plane.
I’m thrilled to be bringing her into our travel adventures but a little nervous about having TWO little ones on the flight. Our oldest flies like a champ (no ear issues at take off or landing, likes to look out of the window, and sits patiently and watches movies in the air) so I’m not too worried about him. I am worried about our youngest being up in the air on her first flight and I am worried about our oldest wanting more attention since our youngest might get tons of attention.
There’s really nothing to do but see how it goes so … here’s hoping!
“The best time for you be outside viewing this amazing astronomical phenomena are between the days of the 11th and the 13th of August.”
“The fragments are hurling toward the Earth’s gravitational pull at about 100,000 miles per hour, which burns them up, creating a small burst of light just as they are about to poof into thin air.”
A mural in Cusco, Peru.
I like to travel and every country I go to, I seek out the Black history that’s usually there. Sometimes it’s a bit tough because countries like Japan and Vietnam don’t trumpet the contributions of Black people. Lol
Thanks to a new company called AfroLatino Travel I won’t have that problem in the Spanish-speaking world.
I’m bookmarking this for later.
One of our family goals is to visit every Disney property in the world. We’ve been to Anaheim (the original), Florida, Tokyo, Hong Kong so far. We still have Paris and of course Shanghai (the new one) to visit.
Since we’re thinking about visiting Shanghai Disney, it only makes sense that we’d also think about visiting the Great Wall. Tickets are really cheap this year but it’ll probably be a no-go since we’re hoping to be matched again this summer. If we have a baby in foster care, there is a good chance that we wouldn’t be allowed to take the baby to China. Lol Of course if we don’t get matched this summer, perhaps a winter trip isn’t out of the question.
Anyhoo …. if we go, we’ll need to get a visa and think about how we’ll get around once we’re there. My aunt took the liberty of finding out how to write the baby’s name in Chinese: 吉列尔莫. Right now, there are NO PLANS but … you just never know.