I'm looking for some tips from any of you on how to handle having a baby when all of your family and close friends live far away. My husband and I recently PCS'd to Las Vegas and are expecting our first baby in April. Most of our family and friends live in the Midwest or Northeast. Our families will come visit a couple weeks after the baby is born, so it will be just the two of us until then.
I keep hearing from others about how integral their baby's grandparents, aunts and uncles are in their lives, and it makes me concerned that our child won't see family that often. Does anyone have suggestions on making this easier, or for developing a better support system in your current location? I've tried to attend spouses' events and things like that, but it's just so hard to move past small talk with the other wives and develop real friendships.
Also, for those of you also without family close by, how do you handle working? I would ideally like to work part time, but I just don't know how to make it worth it financially with how much daycare costs.