Mama On The Move-Part I

OK, so I moved from Tennessee to North Carolina this week- STRESSFUL. We are staying with our friends until we get into our new place today. Much to my surprise, the hard part was actually getting here! A baby, 16 foot truck filled with our life, a heavily sedated Jack Russell (more to come in Part II) and my hubby was enough to have me pulling my dry, frizzy hair out (thanks pregnancy). Alas, we made it. A few quick things I learned about our journey so far:
1. Go disposable: If you cloth diaper, go the disposable route for a week while you make the transition. If you’re like me, you’ll hate this, if you’re like my hubby you’ll love this. Believe me, there is enough to worry about without having to keep track of dirty diapers and where you will wash them etc. It’s worth it for a short time.
2. Forget the schedule: You’re not going to be able to keep your kiddo or yourself on any sort of schedule like you had before. You’ll get over it.
3. Pack clothes that make you feel good: I’m a huge advocate of the if-you-look-good-you’ll-feel-good motto. Do you need tennis shoes and sweats for a long drive? Not necessarily. I find that leggings, ballet flats and a loose top work just as well.
4. DVD players for the car: Yes, Stella has one, and it has been my saving grace. Yo Gabba Gabba and the Dancey Dance bunch are my new heroes.
5. Adult time is a must: Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. After Stella went to bed, we made sure we hung out, maybe had a few beers and acted like adults. It was our time to decompress. Yes, we stayed up late laughing with our friends, and that made it a tad tougher to get up with Stella, but after a cup of joe its all the same to me.

In a nutshell, I learned that moving is change, and that can be very emotional. In stressful times like these, you learn who your friends are. Oh, and that you can be your chic, fabulous self no matter what!

About Rana Mancini Cavanaugh

Rana is a Chic Mama dedicated to helping other Mama's live a fuller, happier, healthier life through this blog. She is proud to announce she just finished an eBook on how to travel with kids and is finishing up her first novel. She is a happy wife to her sweetheart since the fourth grade and Mama to a lovely little girl. Happy Travels! xo

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