I agree weather is huge. I just went through registering for gifts and my biggest complaint right now is how limited the baby section at Targets in Alaska are so much smaller than the lower 48. I had a horrible time trying to register at toys r us, plus family wanted me to register at target, but there is so much more online and in stores in the lower 48.
I think overall my biggest con will be, being so far away from family. All of our family lives in Wisconsin, and even though I love living here and do not want to move. It's hard not having family to rely on up here.
The weather is a huge problem. I really struggle with winter gear and using the carseat safely. I know that bulky coats and whatnot shouldn't be used with the carseat, but I also know that -40 is COOOLLLDD!!
Shopping irritates me. There are so few options in Fairbanks and so many online places either won't ship to Alaska or won't ship to PO boxes. Noone (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.) will deliver to my door. That limits shopping options even more.
I am lucky enough that my mom and my brother live close by, but I really struggle with living so far away from my sister, dad, in-laws and all of our other family. I so badly want DD to know her extended family well...
First Baby!! HOPING for natural birth -- HOPING for cloth diapers to work out!