I know there's a recent thread about moving, but my questions are a little different. I'm not so concerned with packing advice, but I'm wondering how to best respect our baby in our cross-country move. She will be about 8mo when we begin. We're planning to stop in multiple places across the country to visit friends over a span of a couple of weeks, then spend a week or so with my husband's family (extended fam will meet dd for first time), then I fly all the way back across the country with dd for my mom's 60th birthday (I know, grr, but there are important family reasons for it), then when i arrive back at my in-laws we drive up to our new city and move in. Here are my concerns:
- lots of new people just as she is entering the stranger anxiety stage
- very little to no routine day-to-day
- lots of time in the car (we currently don't own a car) - though we plan to take it slow, lots of breaks, and avoid driving every day, and we're planning some good nature/family time
- time zones (this is more of a concern with the fly all the way back, since we'll be moving through them gradually on the drive out)
Is it crazy to drive? We wanted transition time and time to see friends and have them meet dd. Also, how can we best help things go well for her, esp. re: routine and attachment?
i'm so nervous...