April got her passport at 8 weeks old and this passport is supposed to last her until she is 5 years old. It’s been about 3 months since we applied for her passport and she already looks nothing like the frightened pile of mush from her passport photo. I wonder if border patrol will let her through when we go on vacation. I wouldn’t, she looks like a mule, what’s she hiding in that diaper?
Getting ready to take a baby abroad was an interesting process, starting with getting her a passport. First things first, both parents must be in attendance during the application process for a minor, so John had to take a day off for April’s passport application at our local post office.
Second, your baby must have her eyes open and be upright, and your arms or any other props to hold the baby upright cannot be in the picture frame. It’s hard to keep your baby’s eyes open when you are tossing her in the air for each picture attempt and getting the proper passport photo will take many, many attempts. I only learned this after I posted April’s original closed-eyes photo on Facebook and got quite a few comments telling me I needed to go back to the post office and have her picture taken again.
Once I completed the passport application process, I stupidly ended up purchasing a separate plane ticket for April. I didn’t realize “Infant in Seat” meant an infant in her own seat and not mine which, now that I look back on it, should have been pretty clear. Luckily for me the airline refunded my ticket when I called in a few seconds after submitting my order. The moral of the story here is that you cannot buy a ticket for international travel with a lap infant online. You must call the airline and pay international travel taxes for your baby’s ticket, which is 10% of the adult fare.
Now that we have April’s passport and ticket in hand, we are ready for take off. I think? Maybe. I guess we shall see…