There are some events that some women prefer experience only once or twice in life: moving and pregnancy are two. While both can be planned for, they also happen to occur unexpectedly. And, sometimes, for an unlucky few, they overlap. But what’s a gal to do when her husband’s got a killer job offer while she’s right in the middle of morning-noon-and-night sickness, doing some serious nesting or wondering just how much bigger her belly’s going to get? Realize the universe has other plans, get a few tips and get to work.
Pregnant while moving image by Rob! via Flickr.
Whip Our Your Planner and Notebook
Now’s the time to channel your inner organization freak by being obsessive about making packing lists and all the little check boxes that accompany the move. Stock up on Sharpies, boxes and bubble wrap. Keep a notebook just for moving-related information, such as potential moving dates, people to enlist to help and things to do before and after moving. When everything’s in once place, you’ll feel some control over all the chaos.
Call In The Movers…
Resist the urge to be super-mommy and trying to do the majority of the work by yourself. Hiring a moving company will be well worth the money. An article from The Moving Blog says to be sure to check out the company’s rating with the Department of Transportation, as well as the Better Business Bureau, to make sure you’re working with a good team. Finally, leave the heavy lifting to the guys. After all, that’s what they’re paid to do.
…And Some Reinforcements
Moving a household of two is drastically different than an established family with kids. If you’ve already been through the whole pregnancy thing before (or have a fur baby or two) ask the grandparents to come watch your other kiddos. This will be done preferably off-site so they’re not in the way to slow the grown-ups down.
Do Some Serious De-cluttering
It always takes much longer to pack than you estimate, so start early. Depending on how far you’re moving and into what size of home, you might want to take this opportunity to de-clutter. Do you really need all 147 book reports you wrote in fifth grade, your whole collection of Barbies — matted hair, missing legs and all — or that huge, outdated bed and mattress set? To help you be more selective, pretend you can only take 100 pounds with you. You don’t have to stick to this, but it will help, and you can always pick up a new mattress with memory foam in your new hometown to ease up on space temporarily.
Get Plenty of R&R
Being in a “delicate state,” you’ll likely get help from friends and family who wouldn’t otherwise offer, so be sure to make use of every person who’s available. Start preparing early, by packing out-of-season clothes, holiday decorations and books right away. On moving day, be sure to have a designated “mommy chair,” so you can put your feet up while you hydrate. Be sure to wear comfy clothes and shoes and eat healthy foods to keep your energy up.