- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
So, here’s the situation: DH and I live in a three-bedroom townhouse. Our master bedroom is enormous, and the walk-in closet attached to it is also enormous — it’s so big, my mom laughed that it’s the size of one of the bedrooms in their little empty-nester house. Of the two spare bedrooms, one is currently being used as a guest room and the other is a workout room with a treadmill, workout bench, and full weight set. So, shortly after I become pregnant (it happened REALLY suddenly so we didn’t have these decisions made already), we started talking about where baby would live, and we realized that, well, we sort of need both of those spare rooms.
A guest room is an absolute necessity after baby is born. My mom will certainly be coming to stay with us for a while, and I’m sure my in-laws will be making regular pilgrimages as well. So turning that room into a nursery was out. But the workout room is also something of a necessity after baby is born. I mean, I can’t think of any other time in my life when it will be more important and more valuable to have a private workout space right there in my house than when I’ve just given birth and am trying to lose the weight while also taking care of a wee small baby! Being able to jog on the treadmill while baby naps ten feet away = priceless. So turning that room into a nursery is also out — at least, turning it into 100% nursery.
So then we kicked around the idea of not really having a nursery at all. Baby will be living in our room for the first several months anyway, and the travel-sized pack n play I got for baby to sleep in is very small. So I reorganized the crap out of our closet this weekend and wouldn’t you know it, baby’s bed and a changing table will both easily fit in there against one wall while DH’s and my clothes occupy the other two, with an ocean of space in between. Then the glider chair for night feedings would be just outside the closet in our room.
So baby’s nursery would be … a closet. Because we don’t want to give up our workout room.
I realize this sounds awful and selfish, but it’s not like baby will care. I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else has survived without a nursery, and if so, how long did you last before baby really needed its own bedroom? The idea eventually is to put a crib in the workout room and move a few things around in there so that it’s basically a baby’s room with workout equipment in it. We’ll be out of this house within a few years so will this solution work until we actually move into a bigger house, or will the workout equipment and spare bedroom need to find a way to coexist in one room before then? We already discussed the possibility of putting the workout stuff in the garage, and both agreed that that sounds like a fantastic way to ensure that we never ever use it again.
Thoughts? Creative solutions? And as far as decorating a space, should I hang some cute pictures in baby’s area of our room/closet, or would that be even weirder??