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05-07-2009, 03:51 PM
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My husband just got out of the military, and we're moving to Korea w/ our 10-month-old daughter next month.
Over the next few weeks, life is going to be turned on end.
We moved out of our on-post housing and into an extended stay motel early last week. We'll be leaving here Saturday to drive 3 1/2 hours to his parents house, where we'll spent a week and a half or so (although we may end up in a motel there, due to child-proofing issues).
We'll then fly from TX to Michigan to see my sister and her family, spend a weekend in Chicago so hubby and Little Miss can meet some dear friends of mine, then fly to S.C. to spend a few days with my parents before flying on to Korea.
Once we land in Korea, she'll be dealing with total day/night reversal (14-hour time difference) in yet another unfamiliar environment. At the same time, I'll be going back to work part-time. (I've been a SAHM since she was born.) Hubby and I will have work schedules that allow him to stay home with her in the mornings while I'm teaching and allow me to be home with her in the afternoons while he's teaching, so she won't be dealing with daycare. BUT she's very accustomed to being able to nurse at will. We're encouraging her to drink more from a cup and eat more solids, and she's making progress. ... During the daytime she sometimes voluntarily goes 3+ hours between feedings. But she's never *had* to go without milkies for several hours. (She'll have to make it 4 1/2-5 hours while I'm at work.)
She's already being clingier than usual (exacerbated by cutting molars), and I don't feel like we can eliminate the family visits since we'll be heading overseas for at least two years. We're trying to keep her routines close to the same and keep her favorite toys w/ us, but are having to leave our dogs w/ Grandma -- another big change.
Any suggestions for making all this easier for her?