Writing a blog… something I never thought I’d actually do! But getting married and pregnant in 2016 also brings a year of firsts. So go easy on me guys!! This is out of my comfort zone… but I’m taking the leap! What motivated me to start sharing our journey was this crazy, adventurous life my husband and I live with a baby on the way (and our dog Jax of course). When I met him at my first hockey game, little did I know over 4 years later I would be travelling overseas for a new hockey season with him every year in Europe. The idea was obviously exciting to me, and without owning a house yet it was easy for us to pack up what we needed and off we went! 2 years in Vienna, Austria… then 2 years in a small town called Dornbirn, which we are now going onto our 3rd season there this August.
Now I wouldn’t say I’m not as excited as I was our very first season in Europe, but it definitely comes with some struggles. I am such a home body, so it made leaving for all those holidays extra hard! My family is so close, we spend every single holiday together, all the cousins, parents, aunties and uncles and our granny. So when I spent my first Christmas away from everyone it was definitely hard, but I also got to make new traditions with Dustin. We had never had a Christmas together until this last year… so crazy! So that was amazing (even though he had to leave Christmas morning for a game) we still got to have our first one together!
With that being said, some things have become easier rather than harder… like packing to move away for 6 months. I was SO stressed our first season away, and I think I may have packed a little much. Things like body wash and toothpaste, which clearly can be bought there… oops! Now that I have 4 seasons of packing back and forth under my belt and feel like a pro, just throw a baby into the mix and I feel like i’ll be starting from square one! But not only that, not knowing what products I can get in Austria and what I will have to bring with us?! How much is over the top, do you over pack and go prepared… or just the necessities and get everything else there. What about on the plane for a 10+ hour flight with a 5 week old (ish), so much to think about!!!!
So here I am, including you on my adventure, lifestyle and learning experience, things that work for me travelling with a baby… and things that don’t! Hopefully we can all help each other here, what travelling tips with a new born do you have for me?!