Originally Posted by MovnMama
Um I haven't really brought out this info until now, but we'll be living in a camper (31') t a campground until September. So not only no nursery, but really < 200 sq. ft. for all four of us. Plus outdoors (duh) which is kind of unlimited square footage.
Positive as I sound, I'm a teensy bit nervous too. I mean, we have flush toilet and hot shower, gas stove and running water, a fridge etc which is more than a lot of folks, you know!
its set up as a bedroom in the back, kitchen/bath in the center, an open living room. So DH and I will sleep on the futon in the living room and DS will be in bed in the back. Also clothes and changing area for the babe back there, and a place to put away the "rolling" type bassinet I'll get. Then the babe will roll out o be next to us at night and away from DS sleeping.
We've never been comfortable bed sharing, because DH is a REALLY hard, deep sleeper... No meds or anything, he's just biologically downright unresponsive. We tried a few times and I just don't feel comfortable with it. But we do room share so I'll prob get an arms reach cosleeper or something for the winter.
So, long story short, no nursery. My babe'll probably spen a lot of time nursing outdoors while I watch over DS kick his ball and such.
Very awesome lifestyle. You have absolutely everything you need. Having a large outdoor space counts for so much....I know more than a few people who live in a situation like yours with great success. Just curious: What led you to choose this way of living?
I'm not readying a nursery for this new one. Until a week ago, we all shared a room. My DD moved out of our bed into a small bed next to ours when she was 2.5 or so, so a year ago. DS has been In our bed since the beginning and as of the last few months has moved to sometimes our bed, sometimes in the bed with my DD next to us.
Just a couple of weeks ago I purchased two beautiful wooden childrens beds (craftsman style with a natural finish) that a mama of twins in our area was trying to sell and I'm so glad I did. I got he two beds in perfect condition, with perfect mattresses for FORTY DOLLARS. I felt like a pirate! I painted their toy room (which is pretty much an adjoined room to ours) a BEAUTIFUL grey color (seriously, if anyone is looking for a beautiful grey with the slightest hint of blue/green in it, let me know!) and set their new little beds up in there...I made some really rad inset panel curtains out of some super cool tree frog fabric they picked out then I put an awesome old natural finish bookcase in there and used a bunch of different baskets to make awesome storage for toys, etc....and it's a perfect little room. I even put those glow in the dark stars in the ceiling...that's their favorite part!
The thing we can't get over, is how much they love sleeping in there. I've been all bent out of shape over this transition, but really felt that I wanted to make a move now, as opposed to later, so that we could be a smooth sleeping arrangement for the new baby comes. I was particularly nervous about transitioning my son...but he is really loving it and has slept through the night in his own little bed for like eight nights in a row now, which is CRAZY for him. I think being close to me in the night was actually causing him to wake up more. I'm really glad we did this now instead of waiting..I'm overjoyed at how special their room feels to them. They aren't used to having a room, so it feels really grown up and special for them to have their own space now.
So yeah...."the nursery" in our house pretty much stands for "clutching mamas boobs"...my kids are 2y2m and 3y7m and are, for the first time, sleeping in their own space. It makes me sad, but I'm also really happy to have the sleep now and, later, the space with the new baby! Though, for the time being, having them close...but not RIGHT next to me makes me wake up in the night to check them, look around outside, etc. UGh. THEY are sleeping through the night...now if we could just Baby Wise mama into a sleep schedule....