We all have it pretty easy at the moment. Now, with 17 weeks of pregnancy gone, kidlet has easy passage to wherever she goes.
Free to cross borders at will, so long as the grump with a bump doesn't offend any immigration officials.
This liberty will be short lived. In 23 weeks or so, our spawn will be born unto the world, into a country it is not a citizen of.
Current citizenship laws of Ireland and the Netherlands are in tandem, and place of birth does not automatically qualify you for citizenship, parentage does. Therefore, when the wife squatter makes its appearance on the Dutch landscape, it will be an Irish citizen by default.
All nice and dandy.
Except when we want to leave the country. With Holland being marginally bigger in area than a Tesco's car park, leaving the country is not uncommon.
Up until 2005, Irish children could travel under the passport of their parents, but since then they are required to have their own.
In short, if we want to take the fruit of my loins, laboratory mix-ups aside, back home for a weekend, they need a passport. Should we need to get to Ireland in an emergency any time from next February onwards, the kid needs a passport.
This includes a passport photograph.
How do you take a passport photograph of someone who can't hold up their own head? Sellotape?
How do you specify eye colour on the legal travel documentation of someone who even if they did keep their eyes open long enough for you to check, you'd see they don't have any bloody colour?
How does an immigration official compare the actual appearance of a 1 year old with their passport photograph taken as a 3 week old while still coughing up bits of umbilical cord?
Do ultrasound pictures come in passport size?