Hi all! I've been on TB for a long time but mostly over on Parenting and the month boards. DH's job is transfering us to Sydney, AU in Sept/Oct. DD will be almost 3 1/2 when we get there and I'm expecting our second child in early December. We are really excited about the move so I wanted to see if anyone on here was from the area. I'm going from a full time working mom to a full time SAHM so I'm a bit terrified of both the move/loss of support structure and the transition to staying home.
For anyone who's become an ex-pat after having kids, what were some good ways you found for connecting with other mom's/people in the area?
I've also got a couple random questions I'm hoping to get some input from some AU moms on if possible:
We would like to keep DD in some sort of daycare situation (ideally a daycare center) to make the transition as smooth as possible and to allow me to get stuff settled as well. For anyone in and around Sydney what are typical costs for full or part time daycare? Have you found there to be crazy long wait lists or is it not to bad? Any recommendations on places to avoid/look at? Also any good resources on places to check for goverment inspection records of centers etc?
I'm working on getting ahold of our insurance provider, but for those of you who've given birth there were midwives a common alternative to using an OB? I've got a midwife now that I love (still delivering in a hospital) so I'd like to try and find another.