The newest member of the Navagating crew arrived peacefully last Monday night. Birth story to come--it took me a while to get the writing feeling and then it turned into the great Lao-American novel.
The past 9 days have been filled with lots of resting, cuddling, eating, diapering, photographing, and mostly, lots and lots of love.
However, tomorrow? Tomorrow, instead of being all lovey-dovey (again!) we will be dealing with the forces of bureaucracy.
To give you an idea of what fun we're having, feel free to have a look here, here, or here. Or just enjoy the following, taken from here.
Birth Abroad to One Citizen and One Alien Parent in Wedlock
A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) of the INA provided the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child's birth. (For birth on or after November 14, 1986, a period of five years physical presence, two after the age of fourteen, is required. For birth between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen, is required for physical presence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child.) The U.S. citizen parent must be genetically related to the child to transmit U.S. citizenship.
Cause, ya know, nothing says Welcome to This World Little Man! like Section 301(g).