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Ever moved 3 states in 3 years while pregnant or raising young children? 

I have and here’s my journey and what I've learnt.

For the first 27 years of my life I lived in the one city. My parents still live in the same house I was born in. Besides lots of overseas and interstate travel, I had lived in the comfort zone of Perth my whole life. That was until my Hubby got a job with the government which meant we needed to move to Darwin. At 2 months pregnant we did the drive, yes, a road trip. We drove up to the top of WA, across and up to Darwin in 4 days, camping on the side of the road. Luckily Hubby had already been in Darwin and set up most of our beautiful 3 bedroom apartment in the city. The hard work was done but at this stage we didn't have any children or extra items to move, just our things.

That first week in Darwin was an emotional roller coaster and that might have also been a tad to do with the hormone party that was happening, but getting use to the climate in Darwin is one thing. Leaving all your family, friends and fabulous job when you’re about to have your first child is another. After that first week I fell in love with Darwin and I still miss it to this day. It’s one of those places you either love or hate.

So we were in Darwin for around 18 months before we moved down to Brisbane with our then 9 month old daughter (now 26 months old). We chose to fly ourselves and have all our belongings packed up into those big shipping containers. It is very tricky trying to pack and clean a house with no family or close friends for help or support. One of us had to take care of our daughter while the other was organising the house. While still in Darwin we made sure our temporary accommodation was in walking distance from the place we were leaving.

When we arrived in Brisbane it was a 30 minute drive to our house from our temporary accommodation, which we had in the city. We chose to be in the city because that way we could explore Brisbane a bit more before we settled in the suburbs.

For some reason, moving into this house was very time consuming. We had gone from a 3 bedroom flat to a small 4 bedroom house and yet it was hard to unpack so things were more or less thrown in were ever they could go. In the end I just didn't want to look at it anymore, I just wanted the boxes gone. It was a rude shock to see how much stuff we had that we didn't need or use! We stayed in Brisbane for 1 year where our son was later born (he’s now 6 months old) and then moved to Sydney where we are now.

So if our move from Darwin to Brisbane was difficult, what was it going to be like with two children under the age of two?? We needed a plan of attack! We called on my parents for their help. They flew over the day before we were to move into our new house. They minded the kids for us while, once again, we rushed to unpack the millions of boxes in front of us. I have to say, if my parents didn't help us we might still be unpacking now 4 months down the track!

There are pro’s and con’s with moving around, as there is with everything. The good thing about relocating is you get to experience a new place, go exploring, meet new people and learn the value of your ‘old’ friends. The hard thing is leaving those friends you make along the way. I wouldn't change a thing, but we are hoping we will stay in Sydney for another two years at least!

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