So, we talked and debated and gnashed our teeth and did it. We decided on a name that we both like and believe will be perfect for our Maybe Baby. We have informed various grandparents of the name, which was met with delight. We even called the baby's mother, who is happy because we picked the name she liked best from our list.
This evening we called the airline to complete our transaction. We explained the situation, once again. They found our saved reservation and we gave them the name of the baby. They then asked the baby's birth date.
Um, weren't you listening? The purpose of the trip is to adopt a baby. A baby who hasn't been BORN YET. We don't know the baby's birth date!
Alright, we can still do it. So the representative completes the transaction and even reserves a bassinet (aka Sky Cot) for us to use in our bulkhead seats. We hang up, happy the matter has been handled.
Then GLH decides to double-check our reservation online...
Infant is booked to fly with us from Zurich to San Antonio, before he is even born, as well as from Minneapolis to Zurich 6 weeks later.
Huh? We debated just leaving it as is, but then decided we'd better fix it. The airlines have a nasty habit of automatically cancelling the return reservation if the passenger didn't check in on the outgoing flight.
So GLH calls the airline. Again.
The person we spoke with recognized the absurdity of the situation and did everything she could to fix it. But we discovered a new problem. Apparently the Department of Homeland Security has deemed that a US citizen is not allowed to take a one way flight out of the US. They have to have a flight coming back. Getting a round trip for an infant and then throwing away the other half also does not work because, quite sensibly in this case, infants cannot travel alone.
So we got bumped up to a higher level manager-type to try to figure this one out.
After a great deal of discussion and explanation on both sides, plus a whole lot of time listening to bad hold music, it turns out there isn't a way to book the flight for the infant at this time.
Instead, we apparently have to wait until the infant is born and personally go to an airport ticket desk with the child's birth certificate, passport and proof that we are legally allowed to leave the country with this infant (i.e. he has not been kidnapped and we are not traffickers). At which time the flight will be close enough that the cost of a one way flight for an INFANT IN ARMS will become astronomical.
So now the work begins. I am going to contact the adoption agency to see if they have any tips based upon past adoptive parents who have worked through this issue.
I will also start calling the airline again and again until I get to someone with enough authority to help us resolve this situation.
So, in the end we didn't really have to come up with a name right away. But now that we have, we're gonna stick with it. Because we've got other issues to handle and at least that is one thing on our task list we can mark as finished.
Name for Baby? Check.