Brought all three of my girls down to the US Embassy to register the little one’s birth, get them social security cards, and of course their first passports. I have been prepping Qumi of the process of not only entering the Embassy, but what you have to do once inside. The security is similar to that at an airport where everything gets X-rayed, no liquids, and you have to go through metal detectors. Its a huge imposing building (really a fortress).
We followed the website and prepared all the paperwork, leaving nothing to chance. Showed up with all my forms, 10 years worth of tax preparations, my high-school diploma, birth certificate, SS card, and even my baptism certificate. The interviews started and Qumi was in the middle of breastfeeding Kaitlin, so with me supporting Kaitlin’s head, Qumi raised her right hand and swore the truth, all while feeding Katie – what a trooper. The website clearly states that they only need copies of certain documents, but apparently it is wrong. We needed the original birth certificates in addition to the copies. There was another couple there with the same issue, and they had to go back with their baby twice. Luckily, the consular that helped us understood our dilemma and allowed me to come back without the girls. So barring any issues with my translation of the marriage certificate, our girls will be accepted as US Citizens in 7-10 working days.
Qumi’s mom is here for a week and brought a ton of presents for us and the girls. She is so happy to have grandchildren! I am sure she will spoil them for the rest of their lives.