Yesterday, I got a link to an upcoming episode of a TV show (George to the Rescue) where a family expecting triplets gets a “renovation rescue” when their family of three is about to become a family of six.
It made me think about the extra space we needed bringing home two babies. For such little people, they required a lot of space. Our 3 bedroom townhouse was soon filled with baby gear. We parked the double stroller in what our realtor would eventually describe as “the breakfast nook.” There was a playpen, then a crib in the dining room for when the girls were downstairs. At different times there were two bouncy seats, a swing, or two exersaucers, plus toys and books for their 2-year-old brother.
We had always planned to move out of our starter house at some point, probably when our oldest started school. But adding two to our family, made us start thinking about moving sooner. I think it was about the time they started sleeping in their own room, which used to be my office, that I started thinking about it more seriously. I knew that at some point I’d need to get back to my work, and I would need space to do it. Once we started talking about moving, the idea quickly developed its own momentum.
My husband was working full-time and taking night classes, so the weekends we traded off the childcare responsibilities so we could paint the upstairs bathroom and landing, clean out the garage, put stuff in storage and get the house ready to list. While the house was being shown, it had to look immaculate. To make it easier, we stopped using two bathrooms, put away all the toys that wouldn’t fit in one laundry basket, leant the exersaucers to a friend with twins, and developed a routine for cleaning up and getting out whenever there was a showing. Surprisingly, our realtor got feedback saying that our house looked like a show home or as if no one was living there.
Selling our house was only half the process. The other half was finding a new house for our growing family. We had a wish list with details about size, location, and features. It was more complicated than we expected to find and purchase our new house, but after living in it for a year and half, I know we made the right decision. We finally have the time and money to start some renovations, to paint, to landscape and to make it our own. There is room enough for all three kids, their toys and room to grow. Thinking back to our townhouse, I can’t imagine how where we would have found room for their play kitchen or the table and chairs where they do crafts or space for a sandbox.
Once again, having twins change our plans, but once again that change turned out to be a good thing.
Was your house ready for your multiples? Did you have to renovate or relocate to make room for your family?