I've never made a transoceanic move w/ a baby, but g-d knows I've flown w/ babies and toddlers across oceans a lot.
Baby jet-lag is a major bummer and will last about 5 days to a week. After that, as long as you are there and her papa is there and her clothes and toys are there, she should be happy.
However, it will likely be hard for *you*. I've heard that Hungarian has a lot less cognates with English than most European languages, so it will be hard for you to get used to finding things and moving about.
I would advise that you start to study Hungarian now. Learn basic daily phrases like "Hello" "Good-bye" "Great weather" "Horrible weather" "She's X months old" "She weighs X kg" etc.
Learn the numbers 1-100, & 1000.
Learn to ask "How much does this cost"
If you need to go places without your husband, have him write down the address etc. in Hungarian for you.
When you go shopping, you may need to bring examples of what you want. I remember the first time I needed light bulbs in Taipei. I didn't know the word for "light bulb" even though I had studied Chinese for three years, let alone "60 watts". So, I brought the burned out lightbulb with me and looked for a store that seemed like it might have them.
If you're only going for 4 months, you don't really need to pack more clothes than what you'd need for a week - you'll have access to a laundry I imagine?
Find out how "partially" is partially furnished. Will there be pots and pans? Plates? Cutlery? Bed-linens? Towels? Clothes washer? Clothes line?
Will your DH's family be able to lend you stuff if you need it (or take stuff that you might end up buying but not want to take back to the USA?).
It sounds like a wonderful adventure.
Originally Posted by anyalily
So we are going to spend 4 months in hungary this spring. my dd will be 8-12 mo old. We'll be in a partially furnished apt in a big city. I am from the US and Dh is hungarian.
I am excited for her to learn Hungarian. The timing should be right for her since she will likely be starting to speak around then anyway.
What do I need to think about for this big move? Will it freak her out? How can I help her adjust?
Has anyone else made a transcontinental move like this and if so, any advice on preparing?