Thoughts from 300 Square Feet

by Lindsay Parnell

Here I sit in the studio apartment we have called home for the past three weeks. Remember however many posts ago when I said I was naive and everything takes a lot longer than I think it will? Ha! My eyes are now wide open, people. WIDE OPEN. 

We're still about a week out from our house being finished which will put us at one month living together in 300 square feet. You really learn a lot about yourself sharing such a tiny space! I'm so, so thankful that we have this place - seriously. It's not like we would've had no where to go, but even just being on the property we bought 5 months ago feels like a step forward. And, it's so nice to only have to move once.

We've definitely tried to make the best of this tiny space. I've got a couple of rugs in here, and I hung something on the wall. If we're going to be living here for a minute, we might as well make it feel a little like home! Since it's essentially one big room, it's been a bit of an adjustment with Luca taking two naps a day and going to bed at 7:00 every night. We whisper a lot, and sometimes have entire conversations via text, even though we're sitting right next to each other, ha! Sometimes I think about how we'll look back on this short season - eating off paper plates, sitting on the floor, whispering back and forth, while our daughter sleeps. I think that's going to be such a sweet memory. It's one that I'm already extremely fond of. 

Here's a short list of some things I've learned about myself these past few weeks:

  • A good attitude is a choice, and one that I didn't (and sometimes still don't) choose often. Turns out, a crappy attitude makes a not ideal situation wayyyyy worse. 
  • Eric is one of the most flexible human beings on the planet. He is unfazed by our current living situation, and I think would be content living in an actual tent. I'm extremely grateful for this quality in him.
  • I need to say yes to doing more things. Shortly after Eric and I were married, I turned into quite the homebody. I really like being home. It's comfortable. It's easy, and I usually have delicious snacks. Well, our current space is not super comfy and so we've gotten out of the house A LOT. We've gone to breakfast, on walks, and for drives. Luca and I actually just got back from joining Eric on a work trip to Seattle. We almost didn't go, but I'm SO glad we did. Though it might not always be the easiest or most convenient to get out of the house, I usually have a lot of fun. 

So there ya have it. Things are not the easiest at the moment, but they are still good. Really good. And because no blog post is complete without some type of photo or video of Luca, here's my latest favorite. We have a curtain separating her crib from the rest of the room so that she can't see us when it's time to go to sleep. This is her new favorite thing: