We haven't gotten Sasha's Social Security card yet, and several sources have informed us that it's often easier to get a SSN if you already have a U.S. passport. So today we took a field trip to the local passport office to get our baby's paperwork moving!
It took the poor passport lady a while to figure out which of the Russian certificates she needed to include with the application (she was a bit flustered by the whole thing) but I think that by the end of our time together all of the paperwork was in order. It was hard to entrust anybody with our only copies of Sasha's birth certificate, adoption decree, and certificate of citizenship, but once we have a passport we should be able to lock all of those originals away safe and sound and just use her passport for identification.
I'm just grateful to be on this side of the paper chase :)