Special thanks to Yogabed for being awesome and sponsoring this post.
One of the benefits of being a military spouse is that you’re never in one place for long so if you like change moving every 3 years (or more) military moves or PCSing might be exciting for you. We recently moved to the DC area and when I first found out we were moving I immediately began having what I like to call “PCS Anxiety” and here’s why.
As if going to the post office to forward mail isn’t annoying enough? Imagine the anxiety of important mail going to your old address even after you’ve forwarded it. When we moved to our new home and checked the mailbox we were shocked that the mailbox was full of mail from the previous 3 tenants and not just junk mail really important mail like tax documents. When this happens I always try to track down the previous tenants because I know I would want someone to track me down if my important mail was getting left behind. I usually start with a Facebook search, if that doesn’t work I do an internet search and find their telephone number, did I mention I’m a P.I. not for play but for real so I’m really good at tracking people down.
Leaving a Teacher You Love
Leaving your favorite teacher behind is just bad all around. At our last home, I was fortunate to score free childcare for all 3 of my children, Zan only two days a week until August when he would be going 5 days a week for free! When I found out we were pcsing I was heartbroken. On top of the care being free, it was also really good. Whenever I’d drop my kids off I felt like I was just taking them to my aunt’s house. The teachers and staff were so welcoming and accommodating and knowing how hard it is to find people you trust with your children had me second guessing this entire move. It’s not just families affected the teachers are too. When we told Zaniels’ teacher we were leaving Hawaii she cried in the hallway for 20 minutes. We were all an emotional mess.
It’s pretty difficult to find a doctor you trust with good bedside manner but imagine that you do. Then imagine that your most wonderful doctor who listens to your concerns or doesn’t immediately dismiss your WebMD self-diagnosis is suddenly gone because he moved or you moved. Now imagine this happens while you’re pregnant. This happens all the time in the military. Not only is there a chance that you will move but there is a chance that your doctor can too, many times with no warning.
State Laws & Neighborhoods
Getting used to new laws, and town regulations are huge when it comes to military moves. Especially if you plan to live off base. A few things that you might want to consider are; what are the gun laws where you are moving and are there any pet breed restrictions? What is the crime rate and are there any violent offenders in your neighborhood? That’s a lot, right? These are just a few things off the top of my head.
This is something that civilian families don’t really think about because most times when they move they know where they are moving. Many military families don’t have that luxury we’ll know where we’re moving but we won’t know the type of housing until we get there and many times that can mean you have too much furniture or not enough. In addition to that, you also need to think about moving all of your furniture. You have the option to move your own furniture or have movers move your things but either way, it’s going to be a hassle and it’s hardly ever smooth.
Moving is not only stressful for your family but it can put a huge strain on your furniture. Being wrapped or boxed and jostled around on a truck or boat for weeks or probably even months can take a toll on your furniture and especially your mattress. For this move to DC, I partnered with Yogabed for an incredibly easy mattress delivery and a super amazing mattress. My husband and I both have bad backs but for two totally different reasons. Mine is due to do being a human incubator for 3 years nonstop and his is due to being awesome at his job. Here’s the “back” story, my husband has an awful back, not the typical I’m getting old back but the “I’ve jumped out of planes back”. He’s Airborne and Air Assault and always scores 300 on his PT tests. All of that career climbing = awful back. He wears a back brace almost daily to give him the extra support he needs.
Gratefully our YogaBed provided his back much relief and made getting a mattress a breeze. FedEx dropped it on our doorstep a week after we ordered it and we pushed it up the stair. When we opened the box and read the instructions we placed it on the box springs and waited a few minutes for it to come alive. I didn’t really know what to expect as I’ve never had a memory foam mattress delivered in a box but the process was really smooth.
The bed is made up of 4 layers which I like to call clouds, comfort, peace and sweet dreams but their formal names are cushioning, cooling YogaGel, memory foam, and Yoga Instant Response Foam.
The layer of infused YogaGel keeps the mattress cool. One of my favorite features is the machine-washable mattress cover. A nice perk to purchasing from YogaBed is free shipping and 2 free twin-sized pillows are included with every order of a mattress over full sized.
I don’t know anyone who actually likes the whole moving process but gratefully Yogabed makes the process a little less hectic. What are some things you dread about moving?
*Special thanks to Yogabed for providing me with this complimentary mattress.