Planning a Military Move While You’re Pregnant

PCSing (Permanent Change of Station) is pretty much the same as moving except it involves a lot of paperwork and going through the proper channels to make sure you get everything taken care of. Planning a PCS within the U.S. is actually pretty easy and not all that stressful, for me anyways. Overseas is a different story, especially when we’ll be moving in the middle of my 3rd trimester. What does this mean exactly?

It means that since my husband is finishing up his thesis for his Master’s degree, I’m stuck with deciphering paperwork I don’t understand so he can concentrate on graduating.

It means living without your household goods for 49 days and living out of a suitcase.

It means figuring out a healthcare situation for your pregnancy when you’re an entire ocean away from your new home.

It means having a cup of coffee even though you hate doing it while you’re pregnant to overcome fatigue and make sure things get done.

It means worrying that you might not have all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed.

It means trying to make time for the important things. Like playing with balloons and birthdays.


But it’s not all that bad because I see so many positives about our upcoming move to Korea. Things like:

Starting fresh. Moving always seems to help de-clutter our life. Out with the unnecessary, in with the important.

Finding and decorating a new home. It’s one of my favorite things about moving.

Having our daughter experience the culture that is a part of her heritage (I’m half Korean).

Knowing that our little boy will be born in the same hospital I was born in 20 some odd years ago.

Starting a new career and becoming a WAHM vs. a SAHM once again (more on that much later).

Another shore tour. Two in a row for a Navy officer is almost unheard of. I’m extremely grateful that my husband gets to be with us and doesn’t have to be out at sea for months at a time. He gets to be a part of our children’s “firsts” and not all members of the military are as fortunate because of deployments. No deployments for another 2 years? I’ll take it!

I could go on and on. I love Korea. I lived there for a huge chunk of my childhood and I actually look forward to the sound of streets packed with cars, the high rises and the hustle and bustle of crowded streets. Don’t even get me started on the food. When those moments of chaos hit and I start stressing out over the little things, I try to think of all the positives that will come from this move. I also take solace in the fact that thousands upon thousands of other spouses have been in the same situation and that a few of my friends here in Monterey will be moving while pregnant at the same exact time. It’s just the way it is.

So that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to. I’ve also been trying to finish the nursery bedding whenever I have the energy and working on some design packages for clients. These next couple months might be a little whacky for the blog, so thank you in advance for understanding!


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    Jessica H. says:

    Ah the food you lucky duck! I would eat all day, every day. And I didn’t know that you were having your baby at the same hospital you were born in! I think that’s so amazing! Good luck on your move, I hope its smooth sailing!

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      Yep! It didn’t hit me until I was organizing all of our important documents. I really, really, really hope everything goes off without a hitch and that V’s sleep transition isn’t terrible. Good luck to you too!

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    I always love reading your blog. I don’t know how your managing everything right now. I hope your pregnancy continues on smoothly. I know you guys are going to do just great! I can’t believe how far we gave come from our CPK days!