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Moms in small spaces

Just out of curiosity are any other June moms living in a small space?

We live in a studio apartment which makes some things very challenging. For example, I have no where to put a baby gate or a room for DS to play. So he pretty much has run of the place. :P Luckily with the nice weather we play outside a lot.

Another challenge is getting DS to sleep while H and I stay up. It sometimes takes awhile since DS can see us from his crib since we're all in one room.

A new one is that DS has been waking up with my alarm clock. I like to get up before him to take a shower but this new habit of his is making it kind of difficult.

Things are definitely better with the nice weather but sometimes I feel so cramped with the 3 of us in such small space.

Can anyone else commiserate?
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    Can you set your alarm on your phone to vibrate instead of the radio one playing music? Maybe this would allow you to sneak into the shower w/o him getting up. Good luck!

     

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    imageebettley:
    Can you set your alarm on your phone to vibrate instead of the radio one playing music? Maybe this would allow you to sneak into the shower w/o him getting up. Good luck!


    That is a good idea! I will give it a try. Right now I use a regular alarm clock but the phone is a good idea. Thanks!
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    I put my alarm on vibrate on my phone and put it under my pillow.
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    My phone alarm plays the t-mobile theme but it starts very quiet. I wake up right away. DD sleeps through it.
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    We live in a 2 bedroom apartment. It was a pretty big adjustment going from a 5 bedroom, 2500sq/ft home to a 2 bedroom, 1000 sq/ft apartment with 2 kids. Luckily, after about a week, the girls stopped waking each other up.

    I can just commiserate with you on living in a small space. I feel like our entire living area is one big playroom.
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    I was pinteresting last night and got another idea. Could you hang curtains from the ceiling and partition off her crib? It would prevent her from seeing you and maybe cut down on some of the noise.
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    imagemylittlesunshine:
    We live in a 2 bedroom apartment. It was a pretty big adjustment going from a 5 bedroom, 2500sq/ft home to a 2 bedroom, 1000 sq/ft apartment with 2 kids. Luckily, after about a week, the girls stopped waking each other up.

    I can just commiserate with you on living in a small space. I feel like our entire living area is one big playroom.


    I feel that way too. Sometimes baby stuff is just everywhere! Luckily most people who have bought toys for him understand the space issue.

    We have very few "big" toys. And by big I mean something like the little people farm. Not huge but definitely takes up space.
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    imageDawnLilly:
    I was pinteresting last night and got another idea. Could you hang curtains from the ceiling and partition off her crib? It would prevent her from seeing you and maybe cut down on some of the noise.


    Another great idea! I'll check with H if this is something we could do. Thanks!
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    I feel like I am in a small space some times. Our house is 1500 sqft but we downsized from 3300sqft so I feel like stuff is every where some times
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    We spent the first 7 months with DS in an 860 sqft open loft. The only doors were to the bathrooms. We didn't have room for a crib so after DS outgrew the basinet we just bedshared. My husband can sleep through anything and DS would nurse back to sleep pretty easily. Luckily, the market here went crazy and we were able to move to an apartment, fix up the loft, and sell it in a weekend for a huge profit. Now, we're in a 1050 sqft 2 bedroom just until we finish renovations on a 1680 sqft 3 bedroom house. I can't wait. I was going crazy having to look at all my stuff all the time and not having anywhere to go to get away from any of it. Just moving to the apartment did wonders for my sanity. I wish I could be more helpful, but we just couldn't make the open space work.
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    imageviolajack:
    We spent the first 7 months with DS in an 860 sqft open loft. The only doors were to the bathrooms. We didn't have room for a crib so after DS outgrew the basinet we just bedshared. My husband can sleep through anything and DS would nurse back to sleep pretty easily. Luckily, the market here went crazy and we were able to move to an apartment, fix up the loft, and sell it in a weekend for a huge profit. Now, we're in a 1050 sqft 2 bedroom just until we finish renovations on a 1680 sqft 3 bedroom house. I can't wait. I was going crazy having to look at all my stuff all the time and not having anywhere to go to get away from any of it. Just moving to the apartment did wonders for my sanity. I wish I could be more helpful, but we just couldn't make the open space work.


    We definitely want to move. It's not in the cards right now but I'm hoping soon. I'm always looking for bigger places but the cost of living is so high here.

    I'm glad you got a bigger place. I really think it will help my sanity too when we eventually move. Luckily it's summer and we go outside a lot because sometimes it feels like the walls are closing in.
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    We have a two bedroom apartment and I feel like that is even tough so I can't imagine what you are experiencing!! I keep the whitenoise machine on all nighr primarily to block out any sounds that would wake him up (loading dishwasher, closing dryer doors, etc).  You would need to watch the tv with subtitles and get used to the noise on all night, but I found it really helps.

     He also basically trashes the whole apartment everynight so I too have found it is best to get him out of the apartment.  We go to the playground at the apartment, pool, jogging, etc a lot to get out of the house or otherwise I am just following him around straightening up all night.  Now that he is walking with one of those push toys with wheels, I let him walk up and down the halls.  He seems to like that a lot. 

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