You're welcome. Hopefully she'll come to her senses and do what is in the best interest of the child.
Next year I would recommend getting everybody passports. They aren't terribly expensive considering they are good for 10 years. We got ours in the mail today. Surprisingly it only took about 2 weeks and we didn't pay for a rush order. I have traveled without them many times before to Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada (I live only 45 minutes from the Canadian border and they even let me live there and work as an intern for their Senate without a passport) and have never ever had a problem but its required for our upcoming Mediterranean cruise. In viewing the message boards post 9/11 it seems people are recommending them just to expedite things even for places where they aren't required.