|Me (the littlest one) with my older sister |
and brother in Grand Turk.
When she was about 6 months old, we were offered the opportunity to move to India, arriving there when she was 8 months old. We left Milan after 2 years with a light heart, I was looking forward to a more "typical" expat posting, one with nannies, maids and swimming pools! India was a fantastic experience, we saw as much of it as we could in between pregnancies. I gave birth to The Boy whilst there. However, after 3 years, we were ready to come home. Although we were sad to leave some of our friends (and in particular our lovely Indian Nanny), it was the right time to leave. Getting on the flight at 35 weeks pregnant felt like a release.
This time it feels different - I think that we have stayed here 6 months too long, we've put down extra roots. We've had to rehome the animals which has been an almighty wrench. I am upset to be leaving my support network of friends and family - lots and lots of lovely friends who I have made in the area and others spread out around the country. A fair number of my lovely friends have "chosen" this moment to announce pregnancies (how very dare they!) and I am sad that I won't be able to cuddle their newborn babies and help them through the first, exhausting, few months of a new baby. I find myself welling up when I think of moving away from here. My usual bouncing confidence has taken blow and I become upset over silly things that would normally roll off my back.
Now I KNOW that moving to Australia for a few years is the most wonderful opportunity. We're looking forward to seeing a new part of the world and starting a new adventure. I'm looking forward to hitting the beach more often and possibly having a pool in the back garden. I'm hoping that it'll be easier to teach the children how to ride their bikes and all sorts of other things (although I am less keen on meeting some of the Australia wildlife).
|Somehow we have to take these 4 terrors on a 24 hour flight!|
But Facebook, blogs and emails make it so much easier to keep in touch with everyone - I hope to be updating this more regularly for anyone who wants to read how we're doing. So although we're moving on in person, we'll still be here in the virtual world.