Good news arrived in two forms in October 2013. Firstly we welcomed our second daughter into the world. Her arrival was closely followed by the call from our agent that we’d anxiously been waiting for. We were sat having lunch when Matt picked up his phone and suddenly burst into laughter and smiles. We’d been accepted by the state of Western Australia and had one year to arrive in Australia in order to validate our visa. The following weeks were pretty emotional as we booked our flights and gave our friends and family the actual date of 6th October 2014 as our flight date. The reality of our move started to really hit home and there were days where we questioned the move. These doubts and niggles were going to be inevitable. It was hard not to question such a big decision especially when looking at how it was going to effect our eldest daughter. During the early planning stages she was just a baby but now she had transformed into a very bright and inquisitive little toddler. How were we going to cope with her questions once we moved? Would she accept FaceTime and Skype as forms of keeping in touch with her favourite people. She was a little social butterfly and absolutely thrived on her little routine of playgroups, swimming, playdates and nursery. She loved her home, her bed, her garden, her friends and her cousins. We were going to turn her little world upside down and there were going to be so many changes in such a short space of time. A lot of changes for a toddler to adapt to and accept.
Aswell as caring for a very independent and extremely opinionated toddler, we also had to consider our newborn. She was struggling with reflux, colic and a milk protein intolerance. How would we cope with the flight? Would we be able to get Mollie’s medications out in Australia? How would the girls cope with the jet lag? How would I explain that their toys would be going into a shipping container? Would Our girls make new friends with ease? Would Matt find the right job? Would I settle and find a new group of friends through networking and finding the right playgroups? It was hard not to dwell on these questions, especially spending every day at home with the girls. It was time to accept that in reality, the move would most likely not go seamlessly and there would be many bumps along the road. But we were a team and we shared this desire to emigrate, we both wanted this. This was our dream, a better future, a more healthy lifestyle, more family time, being outdoors, enjoying the girls together in a country that we had fallen in love with. But this time, we were no longer just a couple of backpackers with only the need for our passports and pennies in our pocket. Our baggage was much bigger this time. We had two little people to consider and who had made the logistics of our move much more, well, complicated. And so with this in mind, the long ‘to do’ lists began as our main priorities became two-fold. Firstly, to make the move as easy for our girls as possible and secondly to make the most of our final months with our family and friends.