I renewed my passport in April, but had to change my name so they treated it as a new application. I also submitted a new application for Lil Max that was a bit complicated (name change). We did pay for expediated service and even included a prepaid overnight envelope. I received ours in 5 business days.
My mom's friend has a trip coming up in mid-July and as of last Friday, it has so far taken 13 weeks to get her passport... and she still has not gotten it!
I think like stated above, they really won't do anything extraordinary until its in those last couple weeks/days to get it to you ASAP, so you might just want to sit tight for the next week and then start hounding them.
good luck! i could see this passport backlog coming after 9-11. i think the U.S. passport will be our major form of national ID. everyone will need one to travel outside any of our borders and to get back home too! it's already started. i am sure yours will be in on time tho.
I think once you have submitted the application you cannot change the service you requested.
You should receive it shortly. I submitted mine March 23rd and got it back just over a week ago, so it took 2 months.
Have you tried tracking it online or calling the post office?