Saturday, 30 April 2011

The journey moves on.. literally!

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that the title of my blog has changed a little... That's because, soon, I will no longer be infertile in China... Don't get too excited, I'll still be infertile :)
But my Bloke and I are leaving the Middle Kingdom and moving to South Korea!

Surprised?! So were we!

I can't pretend that this only happened today.. my Bloke is not a diplomat / spy / hitman... he doesn't get a coded message telling him to board a flight to Moscow within the hour. A little while ago he was asked to apply for a senior position within the same company - a jump that he'd thought was too big for him to make. Of course he applied and a couple of weeks ago, he was offered the job. In Seoul. Did I mention that it's in Seoul? That's in Korea. I've never been to Korea. And every time my Bloke has returned from a business trip there, he has complained about how much he doesn't like Seoul. But the job is an amazing opportunity and the ridiculous grin on his face when he told me about it was enough for me to want it for him, as much as he wanted it.

So we're moving to Korea (did I mention that?). My Bloke just got his contract through which is why I now feel 'safe' posting this.

We shared a moment of laugh-out-loud hysteria recently when we realised what we were doing... not the move itself, but combining a move to a new city and country, a new, probably very stressful job for him with a potentially life-changing IVF cycle. In a list of stressful life events, where do you think this lot would rate?!

More on the move to come... but I'd like to take this chance to thank Kat at I'm Very Far Away for all her help, info and support so far - I gave her an advance heads-up seen as we'll be moving into her hood ;)

Right now I'm probably in stirrups or the recovery room after the egg collection. Hopefully there are a few good eggs (at least) getting down and dirty with a few (hundred thousand) fast little swimmers.... Now's not the time to be bashful, guys and girls... you know you want to...

PS: I chose this pic because how many couples manage to get through a house move with blissful smiles on their faces like these two?! 


  1. Wow! What a shocker! Well...first...I want to say that, although it will be stressful, if any person is strong enough to manage the timing of this move, it is you. You are awesome and you really have a knack for taking things in stride. Second...I am sending you the happiest of thoughts for your eggs and the bloke's sperm. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  2. While the move might be stressful, living in Seoul usually isn't. I expect it's much more foreigner friendly than shanghai, especially if you move to gangnam, yeouido or yongsan. I vote for yongsan, because it's much easier to get foreign products and stuff. Also, hanguel, the Korean alphabet is really easy to learn and very logical, much easier than Chinese characters. Once you can read things are much easier. I know I don't need to sell Korea, as you're coming anyway, but I just wanted to try and make you feel a bit better. Also, after living in china I expect it will be a breeze for you both! I hope you won't need it, but as you know my clinic is English speaking.

    Can't wait for the egg collection update!

  3. i find it's way more fun to do life changing events in groups of three, just like you're about to get to do.

    hoping you're getting tons of eggs at this moment!

  4. You certainly lead an exciting life... China then Korea ! You're an amazing person and so brave to be dealing with IF/IVF in a different country... I can't even manage it in my own country. Thinking of you for this cycle and sending you lots of growing sticky vibes xoxo

  5. Well, for what it's worth, I'm envious about the move. We lived in Seoul from 2006-2009, and ended up loving it. It definitely was an acquired taste, but once you get the hang of things, it's actually a pretty nice place to live in many ways. I miss it a lot, and have leaped on every chance possible to return for a visit. Money can be a bit of an issue (it's crazy expensive for housing), but if your bloke has a great new job, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

    I loved my IF clinic in Korea also, so if some reason (e.g., geography) Kat's doesn't make sense for you, feel free to get in touch.

  6. Thanks everyone for the suggestions and support :)