This Has To Be A Bad Dream
I got ahold of the State Little MPB was born in. They confirmed that they mailed Little MPB’s amended birth certificate a week ago and it should arrive as quickly as the United States Postal Service and Canada Post allow!!
We were beyond elated.
Until I re-read the email and I noticed that they have Little MPB’s name wrong – they switches his first name and middle name.
As a quick aside, remember, his name is not changing. His name today is the same name his birth mother gave him on his original birth certificate – something I have treasured immensely as his name is a gift from all of his parents. What is changing is that Mr. MPB and I are going to be his parents on his amended birth certificate (which I still think is weird as we never gave birth to him, but it’s not something we have a voice in, nor is it the point today).
Anyways, we are now faced with the potential that his name is wrong on his amended birth certificate. (I realize this is just a potential, but one thing international adoption paperwork has taught us is to be prepared for the worst possible outcome because things never seem to go just according to plan).
Needless to say, this potential error has made thinga go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye.
So now, we are trying to figure out what is actually on his birth certificate!! I’ve emailed the individual back (and phoned more then once, but getting a living person on the other side of the telephone line is nearly impossible). She has not responded, yet she responded to my initial email requesting a status update within minutes. Of course, this lack of response has both Mr. MPB and I panicked.
Honestly, the last thing we need right now is for them to have changed his name on his amended birth certificate!
I would think a birth certificate name error is basically always going to be an unwanted bureaucratic nightmare for parents, and would never be fun to deal with. But, for us, with the clock ticking, this is essentially the worst possible thing we could have to deal with right now.
So today, we are just hoping she just screwed up her typing in the email and that his name is actually correct on the birth certificate.
Hopefully she responds and confirms this is the situation sooner rather then later. Or hopefully we just get the right birth certificate in the mail ASAP and we can see for ourselves that his name is correct.
Until then, all we have right now is hope…
And maybe, just maybe, I should splurge and actually purchase this sign, because I really cannot think of a better way to spend my day.
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