Having a baby abroad is always an adventure. Besides having to deal with the foreign doctors and foreign practices there is a whole slew of administrative responsibilities that arise. The most obvious is filing for an American birth certificate and passport.
You might remember my post about having to take a passport picture of a two month old. It wasn't fun or easy, but we got it done just in time for our appointment at the American Embassy in Paris. Did I not mention that you can only apply for these things by appointment only?
Since we just went through all of this with Nathan two years ago, we were a little bit more aware of how the process would work. All of the documentation was gathered and off we went.
Security at the embassy is still a major pain but they were super nice and accommodating to the family with a both a baby and a toddler in tow.
After a small verification that I am indeed an American and qualify to pass citizenship to Noah, we were all set. They gave us a tiny American flag to commemorate the occasion.
We didn't get one with Nathan so the counselor (is that what he's called?) gave us a second flag for Nathan. He loved it so much that he waved it all over Paris from the comfort of his stroller. We did get some funny looks walking down the street; it was hysterical.
Later that evening, Noah decided to get in on the flag waving action. He certainly is proud to be an American.