I want to take my two-month-old overseas: what should I keep in mind?

May 8 |
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I'm four months pregnant with my first (due in mid/late September). After the birth, I'll be on maternity leave until the end of the year. Where I live, November/December get extremely bleak, grey and dreary, there's lots of fog and somethimes you don't see the sun for weeks. The failing light and the grey weather usually have a negative impact on my mood, and I'm kind of scared by staying at home with the little one in this season.

I had the idea of spending a month in Japan when baby is about two months old. My husband can arrange to go there for work, and we'd stay in a small furnished apartment. In Japan, the weather is great in this season, lots of sun and beautiful autumn leaves to admire. We lived there for three years, so I am very comfortable over there and I really love the place.

Thing is, there's the 12 hour flight, plus I have no idea what life with a small baby is like and whether this idea would work out at all. Is it wise to take my two-month old overseas for one month? I'd love to hear your input! — Sue