Who says the British Passport Service isn’t efficient??
Just one week after sending off the application for Theo’s first ever passport via the Royal Mail ‘Check an Send’ service, it arrives in all it’s glory! Our little man is now legally able to leave the country- and we are one teeny, tiny little step closer to ‘D’ [departure!] day.
Taking the photo of a wriggly toddler is no easy feat, however, and against reccomendations we went for a traditional-style photo booth for the task. Whilst our little man miraculously sat still, the booth obliged us with a warning ‘BEEP!’ off centre to the camera prior to taking the shot- and naturally, Theo instinctively turned to the source of the noise. As such, his passport picture is slightly off centre, with him not looking directly at the camra- and I was dubious as to whether it would be accepted. However it appears the Passport Service are somewhat more lenient with younger children and his rather quirky shot was accepted- and will now haunt him for the next 5 years! Although I fully anticipate having to replace it long before then- if only for the fact that those gorgeous golden locks are on borrowed time, and before long, Theo will be undoubtedly sporting the slightly less cute brunette of his parents- and most likely look entirely different for it. That’s if he doesn’t destroy his passport in the meantime.
For anyone contemplating undertaking the same task in the near future, I would reccomend using a live person with a camera- and a bottomless supply of patience, a spectrum of bribes and favourite toys for capturing attention!
Oh, and Theo’s passport is now placed high out of reach- we know from experience not to risk those tiny inquisitive hands near anything precious.
Only 4999 more tasks to undertake before we leave…