I can certainly relate to how we look on old vs new passports. Only time I broke tht universal rule was an old passport photo that had been taken when I'd been pretty sick for about 10 years. Then I had surgery, got well, lost weight, dyed my hair and went to have my new passport photos with my hair done and makeup on. I looked better in the new photos. I won't with the next passport though, oh well. I will bet you anything the passport will take far less than 5 weeks to get there. The big rush is in late spring and early summer which is when most people travel. It's fall now and things are slowing down. But I'd be searching the mailbox everytime I heard a truck drive by!