Relocation

  1. as many of you know, i am moving to texas. it was supposed to be that i would be moving in 2 months, but when i woke up this afternoon, i was told we would be moving sooner! actually, we will be moving by the end of the month! yikes! my husband has already found us a townhouse in our new location and is dying to get out of here, already. i'm a little nervous about leaving so soon.

    seeing as how i know many of you move quite a bit, i was wondering if you could share any of your moving advice or tips with me. i have a 2 y/o son (see avatar) who will need lots of diversionary activities! we don't have to pack or move any of our stuff, the moving company will handle that. but i have sooo much to do, and i'm still working. i have to give my notice to my current job.

    thanks for all of your help and jewels of wisdom
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  3. by   SnowymtnRN
    ok are you asking for tips for the actual moving DAY for your son? Cuz if that's what you want i'm your girl! lol JLMK and i'll post a jillion ideas for ya! If not, be more specific as to what type of tips you want, i move ALL the time (and have done it cross country several times.) i'd be glad to help!

    What part of Texas! ? I'm from East Texas originally (Tyler area!!)
  4. by   nekhismom
    Quote from SnowymtnRN
    ok are you asking for tips for the actual moving DAY for your son? Cuz if that's what you want i'm your girl! What part of Texas! ? I'm from East Texas originally (Tyler area!!)
    Snowy,
    I need ALL kinds of tips. Especially for dealing with the kid! I've moved myself before, but never had to go further than 3 hours with a toddler! So, yes, tell me all of your secrets!

    Also, what are some things that when you move you forget to do but always wish you had done? Like maybe you know you should have put ____ in the car but instead you put it on the moving van, etc. I dunno, just anything you can think of for a person that is moving 1400+ miles with a 2 year old!

    Thanks for your help!
  5. by   AmyB
    Get a cheap tape player with headphones and lots of read-a-long books with cassettes. I have three little ones, and on our long road trips, those are a life saver. Also, you can get some little toys, coloring books, or other diversions at the dollar store and keep them hidden. When your child gets restless, you can pull something new from your bag that will hold his interest for a while.
  6. by   jusjan67
    Quote from nekhismom
    as many of you know, i am moving to texas. it was supposed to be that i would be moving in 2 months, but when i woke up this afternoon, i was told we would be moving sooner! actually, we will be moving by the end of the month! yikes! my husband has already found us a townhouse in our new location and is dying to get out of here, already. i'm a little nervous about leaving so soon.

    seeing as how i know many of you move quite a bit, i was wondering if you could share any of your moving advice or tips with me. i have a 2 y/o son (see avatar) who will need lots of diversionary activities! we don't have to pack or move any of our stuff, the moving company will handle that. but i have sooo much to do, and i'm still working. i have to give my notice to my current job.

    thanks for all of your help and jewels of wisdom
    hey, we are relocating to texas too! what part you moving too? we are headed to austin...i know nothing about texas except it is hot and humid (that is all anyone tells me when we mention we are relocating)...
    we have a 3 yr. old and my husband has decided it is worth it more to his sanity to have me and payton (the child) fly...we also have 2 dogs, so he has no choice but to drive with them...
    we do have a portable dvd player with headphones that was worth every penny of the 200.00 we spent on it...it is awesome on plane rides so i can imagine how nice it is in the car.
    i don't have much advice...although, be sure to put aside what you don't want the movers to pack...they will pack garbage if you don't tell them.
    we transferred to co. from ca. 7 yrs. ago and the movers packed everything...that was great!
    we might have to rent before we get into our home there, that will suck with the 2 dogs but oh well...
    good luck!
  7. by   AmyB
    I cannot tell a lie. It is hot and it is humid here. It is worse in some parts than others, though. One of the best things, though, is going Christmas shopping in shorts and sandals. Can't beat it!!!
  8. by   jnette
    What not to forget when traveling with a toddler?

    Don't forget to bring a BIG SWITCH !


    Just kiddin', just kiddin'... :chuckle

    Seriously now... you might want to plan on incorporating one stop each day on the road which is specifically geared toward activities for the little guy.

    It could be any number of things... a petting zoo, a water park, or even something more simple and spontaneous... a stop at a fun playground you happen to see somewhere along the roadside. Spend an hour there ...simply having fun.

    Any of the above activities are great diversions for both the adults, as well as the child... takes some of the "stress" off and focuses on what's important... time enjoying one another!

    I would be careful not to mention ahead of time what you plan to do... in CASE it does not pan out and is perceived by the child as a "promise broken".

    Also, you want to avoid the q 5 minute "are we at the playground yet?" syndrome.
  9. by   SnowymtnRN
    OK a few ideas to start. I'll post more tonight.

    plan your trip, get a great map that has rest areas, etc..along the way. That way you kinda KNOW where everything is and can eyeball stops on the way. When i took my kids on the last trip, we decided to stop about every 2-3 hours, depending on when they got antsy. We stopped at rest areas, McD's playgrounds, big truck stop gas stations, you name it. I let them out and run around, rolled on the grass, looked at touristy things, you name it. I guess our average stop was about 20 minutes. I'd say TYPICALLY a 1400 mile trip would take you around 24 hours, but with kids, i'd plan to stop after 12 hours of driving time at a hotel. By 9pm my boys were WIPED and had to be out of the car. So we stopped at hotels, stripped them and let them run around the hotel room in diapers. lol

    Go to your local Dollar store, buy a grab bag. Then fill it with cheap "new" toys that your son doesn't know about. Then when he's getting bored or whatever, you can pull a new toy from the bag.

    Snacks, if possible i'd go for water. Cuz Juice spills and is sticky. lol But keep a small cooler in the car, put fresh fruit, maybe some sandwiches made up and cut up, dry crackers (like peanut butter or cheese) raisons, and water in there. I would avoid sugary/high carb snacks if possible cuz they tend to make the kiddos VERY hyper and hard to manage strapped in a car! lol I also kept a quart of milk in my cooler cuz they got tired of the juice/water after a whole day. Kept it on ice and worked nicely.

    The video/DVD player thing is a GREAT idea. We've not bought one yet, but DH and i SWEAR before any big trip we are totally going to have one in the car! lol I wouldn't leave it on all day, i'd put one on in the morning, then maybe mid afternoon when he's getting antsy or bored, and maybe early evening.

    tape players are COOL. My 3 year old has a headset and microphone set he loves to play with. Does REALLY well too for a bored stint.

    A mirror. If you don't have one, get one of those mirror things so your son can see you from wherever he is in the car. Unless he's forward facing (i guess he would be at 2) make sure he's in a spot in the car where he can SEE your face. My oldest would get really teary if he couldn't see me when he needed to.

    Pillows, blankets, whatever he needs for "comfort" usually is a big must to keep in the car. We made that mistake with the baby and ended up digging thru the moving van to find what we needed. lol

    If your vehicle has the ability to turn the passenger front seat airbag off, that's always nice to switch around the carseats and put the baby up front with you. They enjoy that, being with you and able to see different stuff. But not if your airbag won't turn off.

    I'll post more later!!!!!!
  10. by   purplemania
    I moved cross country with a 6 yr old and 2 yr old. I think the trick is not to make it an endurance test. Stop and walk around every couple hours (men HATE this for some reason). We took a soccer ball to kick around in rest areas. We also took a cooler with healthy snacks, but put it in the trunk so we had to stop to get it (avoid overeating and can time bathroom breaks easier). As for other ideas: I would put really impt. papers like passports, info on credit cards, savings bonds, health records, etc. in a lock box in the car and make sure car is locked every time you get out. Or mail the stuff to your new address. My son gives his kids benadryl before they begin the trip home (6000 miles, from Sweden), but I am opposed to drugs for any except medical reasons. Just thought I would throw it in.
  11. by   nekhismom
    thanks all of you! I had never even thought of the grab bag idea. DUH, right? I mean, all moms should know that trick And I like the idea of putting the cooler in the trunk. I know my family and we would eat like PIGS out of boredom along the way. and we planned on driving only about 12 hours a day. We're giving ourselves 4 days to make the trip that normally would only take 24 hours with adults. The playground stops sound like a life saver! My son is WAAAAAAAAAy active.

    Jnette, My son NEEDS a big switch some days, lol (people who think spankings are child abuse need to ignore the previous statement, lol)

    And Purple, my dh thinks all driving should be a marathon. I practically have to BEG for him to stop at times. He used to drive from colorado springs to the middle of virginia in 23 hours, drove straight, and I just can't see it. He thinks everyone should have his endurance. *sigh* BUt this trip can't be like that. I can't take it. Thanks for reminding me about the important papers and stuff. I wouldn't have thought of that, either. Oh, and benadryl hypes my kid up. Definately NOT something I need! LOL

    Ok, so I'm making a check list now
    Pillows/blankets
    grab bag of toys
    snacks on ice in the trunk
    big switch
    cassette player, headphones
    video player if at all possible


    Now what else?? Keep the tips rollin, ladies and gents!
  12. by   BRANDY LPN
    Dramamine in case he gets carsick. A basic first aid kit, just some triple antibiotic ointment, a antiseptic, and bandaids ect. in case he gets hurt at one of your playground stops. Diaper wipes ( I don't know if he is potty trained or not, but they are great for wiping up just about anything).

    I used to live at Fort Hood and had to travel halfway home (8 hours) every other week (yuck) twice, once to drop my daughter off and once to pick her up. My hubby was enlisted when we got married, only had to do that for 18 months til he got out, been home about 2 years now.

    We always try to drive at night with the kids, have 3, ages: 8, 6, and 2. of course that wouldn't really work for 4 days but maybe could leave late, spend morning doing something fun then drive into the night, it makes it alot easier if they are asleep.

    Are ya'll going to Fort Hood? I absolutely loved working at the hospital there. Its the only thing I really miss about being a army wife. LOL
  13. by   nekhismom
    Brandy LPN,
    No, we're not going to Ft. Hood. Too humid! We're going close to south padre island, more tropical in nature, and HOPEFULLY will often have a nice, cool ocean breeze! My husband is out of the military now, and I've been out for a while. I still think about going back, though, especially as a reservist. You just never know!
  14. by   Dixen81
    I LOVE road trips!
    One thing my four year old likes on road trips is little hand-held electronic games. His favorite one is the Mr. Potato Head one. They also have Candyland and a couple of others for little kids.
    Snowy, my in-laws live in Tyler.

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