At long last, we have moved to Austin!
Not long ago, Kit’s job search from Dallas was not going so well. We were afraid Kit would be unemployed, and we would be forced to move to Richardson for the lower rent, where Kit would be a stay-at-home mom with a hard earned but unused MD and PhD. Or we would move somewhere random and presumably cold (Duluth or Scranton come to mind) just to find a place that would hire her. The job market out there is tough now, even for doctors!
But here we are moving to Austin, of all places, where Kit has landed a sweet job thanks to her friend Chrissy from the residency days. Chrissy recommended Kit to her group in Austin, and by some small miracle (actually a big miracle to us), they hired her. We always had our eye on moving to Austin or San Antonio, but we never really thought it would work out. But here we are with a good job lined up for Kit. We are very lucky indeed.
Even though we are happy to move here, Claire had to leave behind some great school friends (Katherine from her Dallas preschool was her best friend!) plus a great baby sitter who we only used once before we left. Claire of course has a new bedroom that is smaller than her old one in Dallas, but it actually works better for her age. She will be starting up at her new preschool soon, which we were also extremely lucky to get her into. Many of our other preschool choices were unorganized and chaotic, and one seemed to be run by a teenage girl in a swimsuit with no shoes. But by another miracle and some good timing, we got Claire into an excellent day care which normally has a two year waiting list.
So far to Claire, Austin has meant a lot of fun, especially in the water. In the first weekend alone, we went swimming or splashing on three different occasions: Barton Springs, the splash fountain at Auditorium Shores, and Chrissy’s backyard for the Fourth of July. You just can’t help but run out and get wet around here, especially with a little kid and temperatures over 100 degrees most days.
Now the real adventure begins as Kit settles into her new job, Claire settles into her new school, I move back to full-time working at home, and we all prepare for the new baby. These are huge life transitions, and they will bring challenges for us all. But for now, it looks like we have things on the right track.