There’s not many things you can put in the ‘cons’ bucket when you live in New York City. But a small apartment is definitely one of them!
Personally, the space we have now is perfect for us. We currently live in a converted studio, and it’s a frost glass wall that divides the bedroom and the rest of the apartment. It’s small but there’s enough room for the both of us to do our own thing but not be on top of each other (and to be honest, I really don’t like being all that far from him when we’re home, just because we’re in the same space as each other doesn’t actually mean we’re spending time with each other. We can go all night doing our own thing and feel like I haven’t seen him in days)
Since we found out we were expecting our little bundle of joy, we’ve been eyeing out our apartment to see how everything would fit.
Looking around, we decided a few things, we will keep everything to a minimum, items bought must be space saving and everything must be a necessity!
Necessities to us include a:
- changing pad station
- swing/bouncer; and
Four items, that’s it!
We were going to bypass the crib until she was older and let her sleep in a bassinet (we were going to use her Bugaboo Bassinet) for the first few months and then purchase the crib when she got a little older. BUT! As mentioned before, we somehow have the most amazing and generous friends and even though we didn’t set up a registry, we came home to some major boxes last week!
First off, came the swing/bouncer with about 20 bags of clothes and as if that wasn’t enough, the following evening we came home to a huge pack which contained a Graco Pack n Play!I was so utterly gobsmacked by their generosity, I literally stood in my doorway in shock and I didn’t move for a few minutes, staring at this box. I have so much gratitude for our new friends here; they’ve become family to us in such a short amount of time that I think our experience here would be completely different without them!
So, we opened up the boxes and began assembling everything. The bouncer doesn’t take up a lot of space and will fold up when not in use. The Pack n Play, I tell you what, it’s a great size, I don’t know how I ever thought we could fit a crib in our apartment, and space was quickly filled once these two items were put together. We had to do some rearranging of our existing furniture but everything fits in perfectly! I actually like our new layout a lot better. I was so excited, I kept telling Pebbles, “we’re making room for you!”
We have a huge dresser in our bedroom that we already agreed would act our changing station, we cleared out draws for her things and clothes and began setting up the station. We just need to purchase the changing pad and covers and we’re all set!
Just because we don’t have a room for her, doesn’t mean we can’t decorate accordingly. I’ve put together an inspiration board of how I’m going to tie everything together and make it feel like a nursery / living room/ bedroom.
I can’t wait to see it all come together!!
Time to start shopping!