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Mom on the move: Relocating with baby from England to Denver

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After ten amazing years living in London, I recently moved with my husband and baby daughter to the suburbs of Denver. My husband and I have always had this dream to move to America. We moved from London to Denver in September 2013 when little Maya was six months old.

When you have lived in a certain place for over a decade and then you move somewhere new there would inevitably be a cultural shock when faced with the social and physical differences between one place and the other, especially if there is a baby involved.

The first thing that hit me hard when we arrived in Denver was distance. Walking around is not as easy and common as it is in an urban environment like London. Basically here you need a car. Without one you can’t even go to the shop to get necessary baby essentials. I am used to having all necessities I need for my baby within a walking distance. Having to adjust to a car lifestyle was a big pain to say the least.

But although walking around with a baby in Denver is not as comfortable as it is in London, general everyday life is much more affordable and easy here then it is over there. You’d be hard pressed to find a flat in London the size of the flat we currently live in, unless you are prepared to pay a fortune for the rent. Not to mention so well equipped with technology that makes baby care chores much more pleasant.

Another thing that I love about Colorado is the big outdoors! I am a big advocate that kids should spend as much time as possible outside. Colorado is a place where I believe a kid will have much more opportunities to explore nature and do hiking, mounting biking or camping than if living in London. When you live in a big city it is easy to get absorbed into the city life and rarely think about spending time among nature.

But there is something about life in England that I terribly miss. And that is their immaculate National Health Service. When you have a little baby to take care of, access to affordable health care is crucial! In England whatever health issue might come your way, you know  your child is covered and you won’t face skyrocketing medical bills. This has been the most frustrating thing I had to deal with since moving to America.

For quite a while since we arrived here I was nostalgic about London and I was concerned what I am taking away from my little girl not giving her the chance to grow up there. For the time I had spent in that city I have had the opportunity to experience things that would be impossible in a smaller town like Denver. I’ve seen famous actors live at theatre performances, I’ve seen original paintings by artists like Botticelli and Ruben, I’ve watched the Royal Ballet and listened to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Royal Albert Hall, the most beautiful of venues.

 London is a place full of arts, culture, history, fashion. Denver is a lot less exciting than that. However in a city as big as London it is very easy to feel small. So I am hoping that with our decision to move across continents we would be able to bring up a child with values that would appreciate the small and simple things in life.

Guest blogger Stela currently lives in Denver with her husband and their daughter Maya. She works in digital marketing and SEO and writes her blog Prettily, where she talks about all sorts of ladies’ stuff like crafts, fashion, beauty, cooking to name a few, as well as her life as a mum.

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson March 6, 2014

    Welcome to Denver! I’m personally out outdoor-lover but would love to live somewhere like London or NYC for a short time for all the cultural offerings. Some of my favorite local areas to explore are Red Rocks, Chautauqua in Boulder and LoDo (Lower Downtown). The Highlands area is also super fun!

  • comment avatar Kara March 6, 2014

    i hope you’ll love it here. it’s a great place to raise a family.

  • comment avatar Rebecca March 6, 2014

    Welcome to Denver! I love London and can’t imagine making the switch but what a beautiful place this is.

  • comment avatar Stela March 6, 2014

    Thank you so much for taking me as a guest blogger Amber, and thank you for the nice welcome ladies! I also loved Red Rocks and Boulder, I have heard a lot about LoDo area, still haven’t been around there, I really should!
    Thanks again!

  • comment avatar Laura Daly March 6, 2014

    Hi! Welcome to Denver and thank you for posting this! I wanted to share with you some great resources I have used and loved! The first is The Denver Zoo when the weather is warm. There are also a lot of great mom groups in each area to connect with. We love the Art Museum and of course all the great parks! One resource that personally gets me through is Natal to Nest in Highlands Ranch. I don’t know where you live, but I have found parenting and family support as well as great classes for me! Hope this helps your big adjustment! We love it here and hope you will too!

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  • comment avatar Stela March 10, 2014

    Thanks Laura! Yes, we went to Denver Zoo in early October just before the weather started to get really cold! I have been planning to visit the Art Museum, still haven’t had the chance! I have joined a couple of mum meetups, these are great fun! I will check the Natal to Nest! Thank you for your warm welcome!

  • comment avatar Jenna June 3, 2014

    Thanks for writing this Stella! I happened across it while doing a little google searching! I will be relocating to Denver with my husband and baby twin girls in September after 8 years in London. I’m daunted with it all and would love to hear more about your transition and any tips you could give me. Would you mind if I contacted you offline?

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