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“蜗居”之百味

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What’s it like living in an apartment with a baby?” is a question I am often asked. Usually it’s from someone expecting her first baby and trying to decide where to live.

带着一个小宝宝住在公寓里会是怎样的呢?”这是我常被问及的一个问题。通常,提问的都是些怀着第一胎考虑要搬去哪里住的准妈妈。

“蜗居”之百味

 

If there is one thing I’ve learned from all these years of apartment living, it’s that I don’t need a house to have a home.

如果说这些年的公寓生活让我学到了一样东西,那就是,我不需要非得拥有一座房子才算拥有一个家。

And that’s the truth. There is something really special about having a story that begins, “When we first started out, we lived in a small apartment…”

这是事实。以“我们一开始只是住在一间小公寓里……”这样的语句开始讲述一段奋斗历程,还真有点特别。

But that’s not all there is to it of course. When all our friends were buying houses, we chose to stay in an apartment, and here is how our experience has been so far.

当然,还不止。当年我们所有的朋友都在买房子,我们却选择住在一间公寓里,以下就是迄今为止我们对住公寓的一些感受。

We lived in a one bedroom apartment when we found out we were expecting Lane. After the shock wore off, one of my first thoughts was for the nursery. I wanted a room that was beautiful just like in the pictures I saw.

发现怀上连恩的时候,我们本来是住在只有一间卧室的公寓里。惊喜过后定下神来,我首先想到的一件事就是得有个婴儿房。我想要一个漂亮的房间,就像我在图册上看到过的那种。

We had a small side room with a slouchy couch and a television set. We sold the couch (and later the television) and turned that little space into a baby room with a crib and a changing area. We turned a wet bar cabinet into an organized baby closet. With just a few changes our one-bedroom apartment had a nursery.

我们的公寓里有个边角空间,那里原来放着一张软沙发和一台电视机。我们卖掉了沙发(后来把电视也卖掉了),把那点空间弄成一个婴儿房,在里面放了一张婴儿床,以及一个换尿布台。我们把一个吧台橱柜改造成了一个井然有序的婴儿用品柜。不过是简单地改造了几下,我们这间只有一个卧室的公寓就拥有了一个婴儿房。

We had no option but to live with less stuff than catalogs say you need. We chose “travel size” for a lot of things. We didn’t need a baby bathtub when we could give our kid a bath in the kitchen sink. Craigslist was our storage unit. Knowing we couldn’t keep baby gear long-term, I bought and sold stuff as we needed it, and sometimes I even sold things for more than I paid.

没办法,我们只能轻装宅居,并没推销册子上罗列的各式必需品。很多东西我们都是挑其“轻便装”来买。既然能把宝宝放在厨房水槽里洗澡,我们就不需要婴儿澡盆。克雷格斯力斯特分类广告网站是我们的“储藏室”。明白到我们是不会长期用那些婴儿用具的,我会根据需要来买进或卖出一些东西,有时,同一件物品,我的卖出价甚至还高于买入价。

We didn’t buy many toys, but our baby didn’t mind playing with apples, pears, and sheets of paper, the occasional cardboard box, or stuff from my closet. We often reminded people,“We don’t have much space in our apartment,” and they helped us by considering that. Most toys came from grandparents, and some toys stayed at the grandparents’ house.

我们没有买很多玩具,但我们的宝宝不介意玩苹果、雪梨、纸张、偶尔出现的纸盒,或是我壁橱里的东西。我们经常跟别人提起:“我们的公寓很小”,他们考虑到这点就会给予我们帮助。大部分玩具都是祖父母给的,有些还在他们家里放着。

Our big challenge was storage: not baby storage, just regular stuff. We didn’t have a kitchen pantry, so our crackers and dry goods were in the bathroom under the towels. With everything stuffed into every possible storage space in whatever way it could fit, we often left it exposed for baby exploring. It was so easy for her to pull out everything that was accessible, and I spent a lot of time putting stuff back.

我们最大的挑战在于物品储存:不是婴儿用品,而是些日常物品。我们的厨房没有食物储存柜,所以我们把饼干和其他干货放在浴室的毛巾下面。所有东西都被我们左挤右塞,能用的空间都被我们塞满了,往往没遮没盖地任由宝宝去“探索”。对她来说,把那些她够得着的东西拉出来是件轻而易举的事,而我得花费大量时间把东西放回原处。

Having a patio outside space saved my sanity more than once. We frequently went places, visiting parks and coffee shops. Every weekend we were glad not to have to keep up with a lawn.

幸亏有露天庭院这样的户外空间,不然我就不止一次处于精神崩溃的境地。我们经常去别处,逛公园和咖啡店。每个周末,我们都庆幸自己无需打理草坪。

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