Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Moving the Playroom

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.

If you are a regular reader of Townsend House, you will know that I like to rearrange our rooms…often.  There are days that my husband will come home from work and the living room is moved, our bedroom is moved, and the toy room is moved.  I feel like we have some extra space in our house (not always a bad thing), but I never know what to do with it.  So I move things.

After I came to grips with the supposed craziness (so people keep telling me) of having a third child, and knowing we would be having this little one in late fall, I knew that I would need to make some changes to our rooms.

For a while now, we had the kids’ playroom upstairs.  My kids share a bedroom (they love it, don’t worry), and so we don’t have any toys in their room.  Well, they are not supposed to have toys in their bedroom, but a few tend to make their way there regardless of what I do.  Because I let the kids have free reign of the art supplies most of the time, it works to have a separate space available to keep all of their toys.

I knew that after coming home with a new baby, I would not want to be running up and downstairs all the time.  The main reason for this is because I have to have a caesarean due to a car accident when I was younger (apparently fractures in your pelvis/tail bone/hips are not conducive to natural child birth).  I know how I react to surgery; I know that I will be downstairs most of the day.  So the best option was to move the playroom downstairs again.

I think this will help for a couple of reasons.  First, if the kids are going to be loud, I would prefer them to do it in one part of the house.  Obviously I hope that the newest little one will be a heavy sleeper, but I can definitely think of times when the baby may need a little more quiet time to decompress, so having the upstairs relatively toy free will allow this.

Secondly, I know that the kids like to be near me most of the day, and if I am downstairs and their toys are upstairs, they will constantly be calling me to help them with something, and I don’t know if I will be able to keep going up and down the stairs, at least in the beginning.

Finally, our house is relatively cool in the winter, and we block off rooms to keep sections of the house as warm as possible.  The room that had been their playroom is the coldest room in the house, not great for playing, but very good for the husband’s office/exercise room. 

I think that this is going to be a small step in making my life a little bit easier.  Now, whether or not it will stay that way once the weather is warm again?  I’m not sure.  I can definitely foresee a time in the not so distant future when we will need one of these “extra” rooms as another bedroom.  Then I am not sure what we will do.  Hopefully that won’t be for a while though!

Have you made significant layout changes to your home when welcoming a new little one?  

1 comment:

  1. I think it's wonderful that you rearrange things to keep it fresh and new. With the winter coming, this will keep you cozy and together to enjoy those first special days, weeks and months with your newest arrival!


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