Haven't read all the way through but the way your going in a couple months you'll I'm sure you'll have an entourage
We've moved internationally a few times, I find that through any type activities/groups where the kids are involved is always the easiest. And never decline an invitation, if the time doesn't suit you grab their details and reschedule asap.
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16-01-2016 07:57 #43
Plus I find that when kids get grumpy or crochety the best antidote is a playdate. In brissie my mums group was phenomenal. I'd post on our fb page that my kids were being feral or I was exhausted and someone would say come over for a play or play/stay for dinner. In fact my whole pregnancy last year another mum used to have me and my brood over almost once a week for either dinner or lunch so I'd get a break from my cooking.
We would mind each others kids if we had doctors appts, or needed to grocery shop or just needed some down time.
The best thing was that I met them off bub hub. It started as 4 of us from here then we added on other mums we met at library, childcare or even just someone we used to see weekly at the cafe. Now it's a group of 20 mums and I adore them.
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16-01-2016 08:17 #45
Got 3 playdates booked in the next two weeks and waiting for another to reply back
These poor women will have me jabbering away hahahaha.
16-01-2016 08:32 #46
As for other things church playgroups are awesome, I know you're on Mat leave but going to work really helped me and I don't use Childcare for my kids, defence now have a family friendly work thing in place which means if you have a regular shift outside of work hours and your DH is away he can apply for blanket permission to come back so you can work (something to think about when you go back to work).
The first month relocating is easy, you're busy unpacking and looking around at your new place. Then the second month things get quiet and the days are long. What about neighbours? Or just the local park? I admit I often use my DDs interactions to start a conversation at the park. I've also found its sometimes not the initial person I meet up with that become friends but their friends from further meet ups.
I wouldn't concentrate on the fact that you and others are going to be posted out in X number of years. Who knows maybe at your next posting you will be together anyway! I made a fantastic friend this posting who surprisingly was also in our last location and she has moved now to where we will probably be in our next posting.
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16-01-2016 11:31 #48
I totally understand the feeling of loneliness here in canberra. I had a mach nurse mums group with ds but we don't catch up or interact much at all anymore. Most of the mums were defense spouses and just seemed as though they weren't really interested in making much of a connection. After living in adelaide where everyone is so friendly I've struggled in canberra where it is very cliquey.
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16-01-2016 14:56 #50
Lol. I'm a chatterbox. I don't need to be in the mood. I need to be breathing.
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