As is not uncommon in the world of international adoption Eli has had three different dates of birth recorded for him:
The first we heard about was December 14, 2006 - The date he was admitted to Layla Orphanage, since they didn't have any official birthday.
The second was November 10, 2006 - The "official" birth date as deemed by the court officials in Ethiopia and recorded on his new Ethiopian birth certificate. Really, it was just sort of arbitrarily given since the December birth date obviously wasn't the real one.
The third is March 22, 2007 - The real birth date as told to us by Eli's birth mom...told to us with such quickness and clarity that I have no doubt that this is the real one.
No big deal...right?
Unfortunately, it is a big deal. Without boring you with a bunch of technical jargon...basically we can change his birth date to the correct one when we do his readoption...but I have heard from numerous sources that we can run into problems with the new North Carolina birth certificate not matching his Ethiopian birth certificate. You know...little things like not being able to get a passport for him.
So. We are not sure if it is worth changing? But that has Eli turning four very soon. And he is not a four year old in any way, shape, or form. Do we just keep it on paper and celebrate his real one in March? Does that create its own set of problems in and of itself?
All that rambling to say that I'd love any advice from any other adoptive families (or just about anyone with an opinion on the matter). Because the government websites are just oh so freakin' helpful about these matters.