We can do it!
Recently, the handyman and I decided to enlarge our brood. I’m not talking livestock, either. We discussed, time and time again, then decided that our two babies are wonderful, and honestly, we want another. Now to most people, two is enough. I am the only child and want a big family. I was told very early on that I will never have children. But I guess God knows no limits! The handyman decided we could totally handle three little ones.
After a positive test and much excited anticipation, we went to the doctor. To our surprise, we are super excited to announce it’s not one baby, but TWO!
For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that I was speechless. I am truly overjoyed! Fraternal twins run in both my mom and my dad’s families, and it seems that we will carry on the tradition. I’m so thrilled, I cannot begin to describe it.
Then it hit me: what started out just adding one kid to our home to share the already cramped kids’ room will now be two. OH. MY!!!
What’s the problem, you might ask? Well we have an itty-bitty 900 sq foot home. It’s not our “ever after” home, but it is the house that we brought both kids home to. We spent long and tedious hours renovating it when we found mold in the hallway and kitchen. We did not hire or ask anyone to help (other than our parents’ labor or babysitting, of course). We enlarged our kids’ room, put in new counters and an island in the kitchen, moved the laundry room onto the back deck that we enclosed. Then we added a front porch. It’s been a labor of love and honestly, it’s almost paid off and will be hard to leave once it is. We try to live within our means and not have a ton of debt. So building a new home is out of the question.
So how will we make the space work? So many friends have asked that same question recently. While trying to stay positive and not allow the negativity into this pregnancy, we have concocted a plan. We are going to use the rest of the back porch (which is currently where the handyman and I have our nightly talks and recaps) to furnish a larger, separate bathroom. Meanwhile demolishing the bathroom in the house, ripping out the wall into the kids room, and making one super duper large kids room. Our kids only use their room to sleep and occasionally play because we are mostly outside or in the living room.
This is my inspiration for the kids’ room. We currently have one set of bunk beds and eventually will have to add more.
I honestly can’t wait. I feel great- ridiculously exhausted with school, the Princess' dance and everything else starting out at full-steam. But I am so excited. Did I mention how excited I am? I believe kids are a blessing. I believe we can make this tiny home a place to educate, encourage, create bonds, inspire creativity, and nourish love and the young lives we are molding and shaping. On top of it all, I can’t imagine another person who I’d rather tackle it with then my soul mate. J
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