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Moving to NYC with new baby (Are we crazy?)

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babydad Fri 12-Oct-12 16:56:41

My wife has been offered a job in New York with her company as her boss has re-located to a much higher profile job. The problem is we are due to have our first child in January and they want us to make a decision in February/March to move over there a couple of months later.
As my wife will be the main income provider, I will be looking after the child for the first few months until we find somewhere to live and sort out childcare. I hope to be given a visa to work also.
We are obviously excited by the possibility of moving to a new exciting country, but daunted by the idea of doing it so soon after the birth of our first child and whether we could afford it and the lack of a support network from our families. There has been no discussion about wage as of yet, but I would expect it to be around the $150k mark for my wife. Would this be enough to live on in a non-manhattan area for up to a year? We would not need to pay for childcare as I would be looking after the child day to day initially.

Want2bSupermum Sat 13-Oct-12 02:34:27

Hiya - saw your question on the other thread... You need to decide if you are happy to be away from your families. DD is now 15 months and since she arrived we have missed the support. It doesn't help that my MIL isn't well and struggles with the travel. You need to have a visa so you can work if you want to. If you don't have the piece of paper you don't have a choice. Also, find out about their benefits package. You need flight home at least once a year and find out about the medical insurance that they offer. If you are planning on having a 2nd child then find out now what the policy is. Some employers require that you work for a year before you get pregnant before are entitled to anything above the minimum which is from 36 weeks to birth and then 6-8 weeks after. During this time off you get $500 a week from the state (this is for NJ and isn't too different to NY).

$150K would be enough for you to live on in Hoboken/Jersey City and if you were to get a job I am sure it would be more than $50K a year so would cover daycare expenses. I don't know about Brooklyn but there are others who will be able to advise. Jersey City/Hoboken works well for the West Side of Manhattan from Wall Street through midtown. If your wife is working on the East side then Brooklyn/Queens would be a better option.

AThingInYourLife Sat 13-Oct-12 02:46:03

You are not crazy envy

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