Thanks for starting a new post - it's pretty quiet over here! Oh, and as an aside, Mouse, DH saw the Ergo on my amazon Christmas list and we had to have a big discussion about why I thought we needed another carrier (I have a woven and a Bj?rn). I thought by putting it on my xmas list I could avoid that discussion, but apparently not...
And now to the question - I originally came over as a high school exchange student, then as a college exchange student, when I met DH. I moved over here after my BA, we got married, and 5 years later DD came along.
found out we were moving, month later found out i was pregnant, month later, moved, many months later: baby
for baby two we were planning to move somewhere over the upcoming summer (another intl move), but decided to stay in germany when i found out.
Very random job offer for my DH. Literally out of no where. But it's been a fantastic career move for him, we can live comfortably and travel and save off of his income and we love the slow place of our new home.
DS was 19 months when we moved and this LO will be born in our new home country.
Both DH and I have been international all our lives. I was an army kid born in Cyprus and DH is a diplomat?s son born in Madrid. DH and I met at uni in the UK.
We ended up in Mallorca cz Dh?s family had moved back to Malaysia so he no longer had ties to the UK. I?ve never been close to what remains of my family so they were not a consideration.
His good friend from high school offered him a job out here, so as soon as I graduated, we moved over.
DS was born here 11 yrs later. DD will be born here too.
I've lived internationally most of my life, my Dad's company moved us around a bit. I finished up College in the US, worked a year as a teacher and then had to leave due to paperwork reasons. I didn't have savings or a job to go to so I moved in with my parents who lived in Lux. I met DH here and got "stuck".
DD was born here and so will this one.
I moved to Spain to attend an American university when I was 18. A few months later I met my Spanish DH at a language exchange in a bar, we married the next year, then DD was born a year and a half after that in Madrid. When she was 6 months old we moved to Germany and shortly after that I got pregnant with LO 2 who will be born here in Germany.
It's been a whirlwind, but we are loving it! The most stressful thing so far has been moving and adjusting to Germany, but at this point we are so happy with how things are going.
DH & I met online back in 2002 in Toronto Canada (he moved there to complete his Masters & PhD from Vancouver). We married in 2003, and moved to Winnipeg.
Fast-forward to 2009 - blighted ovum & D&C, then 2010 DD was born in Winnipeg, Dec 2011 found out we were moving to New Zealand for DH's work. Got preggers in Feb 2012, got work visas May 28th 2012, arrived in NZ beginning of July 2012, and #2 will be born here beginning of Dec.
This could be a permanent move for us, but we're not too sure. Until we get residency we don't know, and if a position came up in Canada for DH, we'd move back in a heartbeat. We've had a super-stressful move, just about everything that could go wrong has (with the one exception of our sea container not falling off the ship), and after a month we were ready to go back home.
My hat is off to Bump Mamas who make permanent moves - this is not where we wanted to be, not how we planned to have life turn out, and unfortunately, we didn't want #2 to have a non-Canadian birth certificate.
Each day is getting better, but it's going to take a long time to get things sorted out (a house of our own, debt paid down, residency, insurance claim with the movers, etc.). I just keep hoping that at the end of this very long tunnel there will be a bright side.
We were living in the US when H was offered a job out of the blue by his old boss in Prague. It was never really a question about whether we'd go or not. We'd both lived there before and both were getting a bit restless from being stuck in one place. A couple years later he switched companies and we moved to Switzerland. At the moment, we're on an international assignment from there. It looks like we'll have another international assignment somewhere before we move back to Switzerland for good.
The next several years are up in the air and we got to the point where if we wait for things to settle down to TTC it might never happen, so here we are.