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We Are MOVING // Washington DC



It's true. This fall, our little family will be packing up and moving to the East Coast. I'm still freaking out -pretty sure I'll be doing that up until we get there ...and probably a while after that.

Camaron was accepted into an internship program that will be in Washington DC this fall, during his final semester of school. I'm still not exactly sure what he'll be doing -something with journalism/research/Associated Press? All I know is it's kinda a big deal and Camaron's kinda a big deal. The whole thing has just been a huge rush so far. We just found out Cam was accepted around two weeks ago, on a Wednesday. He then had to let them know if he wanted to do it by that Monday. Less than a week! I was a huge mess, which is the main reason I didn't really announce it. I didn't want to say anything until we knew for sure, and for the first few days I felt so negative about the whole thing. All of the unknowns were just too much for me. My depression and anxiety were triggered big time by this HUGE change; We'd be moving earlier than originally planned, we'd be going somewhere I'd never been, it's a lot more expensive than we're used to, and this would all be happening only two months after the new baby is born. All I was seeing were negatives.

It wasn't until I talked to a close friend of mine that my thinking was able to change. For around 20 years, she was a military wife, so she had been through a lot of moving. A lot of moving with kids and newborns -and most of it happened in Europe. Hearing her perspective and encouragement made everything sound more possible. And I knew how important this was to Camaron and I couldn't let my fears get in the way of that. After that meeting, and a lot of prayer, all of the negatives seemed to fade away. I felt so much better about this change. I told Camaron that night that we were going:) It will definitely be an adventure, but I know I won't be alone, and adventure must be exactly what I need right now.

p.s. pregnancy update: only 6 more weeks to go. Whoa.

***any tips on moving across the country for a semester would be greatly appreciated. Right now I feel like all I can pack are clothes and diapers (we're flying, planning to live somewhere furnished, and leaving our car in AZ). Also, any tips on flying with a toddler and newborn would be great (another first for us).

4 comments

  1. You can do it! I know exactly how you're feeling..I was 30weeks along we decided to move from Texas to Utah. We moved when Ellie was less than 4weeks old. It's ROUGH to make those choices, and moving like that was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but when it was done, I felt POWERFUL. You can do it. It's going to be a crazy emotional roller coaster, but you'll get through. And what a fantastic opportunity for you all!!

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  2. One plus is flying with kids under 2 is free for them! Cause they can be lap children, it's not as bad as it sounds haha Nora's kids sleep the whole time. Try to get a flight close to bedtime so they will for sure sleep on the flight. I've flown 2 red eyes with the babies and it was worth it! Cause when they sleep, I can sleep :)

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  3. I live near DC!! Ah! Can we play?! Let me know if you need anything. I so understand the fear of a big move, but you will have a blast, and it's only one semester, you've got this!

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  4. We've flown with Mili Kay from England to AZ at 6, 7, and 20 months. The biggest helps for me were:
    -ear-covering headphones - I had an ipod with just Mili music on there but I used them also just to block out the noise. If they might be falling asleep, that is right when the pilot will make a nice, sudden announcement to startle them and make them cranky and then not sleep.
    -new toys: utilize the dollar store. novelty makes anything fun, at least for a bit. That and always accept the snacks, somehow peanuts in a shiny wrapper are sooooo cool.
    -don't get ice in your drink. Because then, if necessity demands, you can't just down it and not have a mess. You're stuck with ice not an empty cup.
    -sit in the back! Yeah, the plane noise is loud, but then no one hears or cares about your own noise. Other bonuses, you are often near the flight attendants who tend to love on cute kids, closer to a bathroom, and you can almost always get an extra meal or snacks. Plus, no one is waiting on you to get off the plane and pull your excited child away from all the cool trash after the flight is over.

    Hope that helps and isn't more than you cared to hear! I just wished I had figured all that out on the FIRST flight. Good luck and YOU CAN DO THIS! People are actually usually really really nice to you when they see the little kids.

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