Our Paris Home

May 8, 2017

Finding our household no matter where we land starts with a foundation of having a solid place to rest our heads, to make meals and to feel at home in a new place. Of course by nature of the three of us being together this comes naturally, but we wanted to choose a place to stay we were excited about and that would complement this chapter of our lives. If you’ve been following our journey for awhile you know that the absence of an actual room in Brooklyn provided us with a number of challenges, so that was something that was really important to us when we started searching for our home for the month of May. We wanted Owen to be able to sleep in a bed with an actual door that closes so that Zack and I could have time together after he was down for the night or time to work without interrupting him during his naps. Mission accomplished! You don’t see the bedroom in these photos – because Owen was napping while I tidied up the place and took these photos, but it has been SO nice to have a little separation (hence me getting work done while he sleeps without having to tiptoe). I forgot how much I appreciate a good layout after living in such an open one for so long! The photos speak for themselves, but the owner of this place clearly has an eye for design. The place feels like home in so many ways already even with the slight adjustments we’ve had to make through the process. Since we wanted to travel as light as possible I thought I’d share with you a few changes we’ve made in Owen’s routine.

1. Co-sleeping. We did not bring a porta-crib or anything similar for Owen. The truth is that he’s wanted to co-sleep his entire life and once we made the decision to travel we just kind of let the separate beds thing go. We figured that having him in our bed could provide some consistency and comfort for him as we hop from one place to another, and guys – it has been so amazing! With the exception of a few rough nights settling in here with jet lag Owen is sleeping through the night. Finally. Definitely a battle I wish I stopped fighting a long time ago, but you live and you learn.

2. Bye, bye highchair. Another piece of baby gear we’re adjusting to not having is a highchair. This has forced us to actually sit down with Owen for his meals and snacks and engage with him while he eats which Zack and I have both really enjoyed (it was always our intention with baby led weaning, but life gets busy and sometimes Owen’s meal times are the only time to take a shower or reply to an email, you know?). We clearly want to avoid making a mess all over someone else’s place so this is essential but hasn’t been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Total win!

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3. Transitioning to showers. Just like our place in Brooklyn, our home in Paris doesn’t have a tub, but unlike our place in Brooklyn, there isn’t a large enough sink to bathe Owen in. He had almost outgrown the plastic tub we would put in our sink in New York anyways so we had mentally prepared ourselves to make the transition to showers sooner than later. To be totally honest, this one has been the most difficult. We’ve had a mix of smooth showers and not so smooth ones, but I’m confident we will get there over time!

4. No TV. Towards the end of living in Brooklyn, I admit we really leaned heavily on our tv with Owen as we were packing and getting things situated for the big move. It’s been a breath of fresh air not to have a television for both Owen and ourselves. Of course, we have our computers so we still let Owen watch an occasional episode of Sesame Street, but I can honestly say that in the last week of living here both Zack and I haven’t watched anything and it feels really great.

5. Thinking about someone else’s belongings. Our apartment in Brooklyn was filled with baby gates, and heavy books and breakables were always out of Owen’s reach, in other words we had essentially baby proofed our apartment. Since we will be staying in a new place each month there is no guarantee that the places we are staying in are family homes and that they’ve made special arrangements for our toddler. This has required us to get a little crafty when it comes to hiding certain valuables in this place, and additionally we’ve had to be really being patient about expressing what items are okay to touch and what items aren’t. Harder for us than him.

What do you find the toughest about traveling with your little ones? Are there any adjustments that we’re easier than you expected?

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  • Lorena

    Hi from Spain! I really don ‘t know how i would do if we must move
    I have the house plenty of things and i couldn’ choose. Or maybe yes , if I have to (as you did)
    Sorry about my english
    Enjoy París … Is so special so pretty ….
    XX

  • I just want to start by saying you guys are so brave for embarking on this journey with a toddler, it seems so crazy but, you guys are doing it so congrats! I’ve been following you for a while on Instagram and I sometimes read your blog on the subway, you are such an inspiration, as a woman and mother. I can’t wait to read more, I’m obsessed! ~♥️

    • Hailey

      Awh, Cristal! Thanks so much for your comment. It means the world (tough day over here)! I so appreciate you following along and taking the time to write here. 🙂 Thank you so much! xx, H

  • I love that your blog features lovely (and useful) text like this to go with your beautiful photographs. So glad to have discovered your project via Instagram.

    Good luck at the start of this wonderful adventure!

    • Hailey

      Hey there Ally! Thank you so much for such a kind comment. I really try to make sure there’s a purpose to each post rather than throwing images up so thank you for noticing. 🙂 I appreciate it!

  • I’ve done four trips with my 15-month-old and the older she gets, the more gear she seems to need. My first trip, at 4 months, she needed almost nothing — I went with a ring sling and some diapers. I’m moving across the country with her next Wednesday (!) and our furniture is going to be about two weeks behind us… just trying to figure out how I’m going to deal with no crib, no high chair, no baby gate, etc. so thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hailey

      Hey Kendal! Oh, how I miss those newborn traveling days. They’re so easy to just throw into a carrier, feed when they’re upset on the airplane, and snuggle up with in bed without taking up hardly any room (not to mention sleeping through meals out on your chest like it’s nothing! haha). It definitely gets trickier the older they get, but you’ve got this! If it’s super rocky just remember that it’s only temporary and all your gear is right behind you. Sometimes just knowing it’s temporary is relief enough, you know? There will be some growing pains, but I’m curious to see if you end up keeping all the gear once it arrives. Keep me updated! 🙂

  • Man, you guys are brave! It’s awesome that you didn’t let the baby gear tie you down and figured out a way to do without. You are going to have such great adventures this way! Looking forward to following along.

    • Hailey

      Hey there Kristen! Thank you so much. Fingers crossed that less is more in this situation, but so far so good! Thanks for following along. 🙂

  • Bonjour ,
    I love your story and the Journey you’ve embarked on with your family. My husband, Robert, baby girl and I have been living in Paris for the past 3years. I’m a fellow blogger(beginner) and am a seamstress and have been following your adventure for the past year. I’m a French citizen by birth but grew up in California and married to an Alabama man and mother to a beautiful baby girl named Ivy who was born this past September. This being France I have almost nothing but time on my hands thanks to maternity leave so we would all love to meet you three and maybe enjoy a coffee on a terrace somewhere. If you have time while you’re here.
    À bientôt,
    Cleia

    • Hailey

      Cleia,

      Thank you so much for writing! You are too sweet!! We would absolutely LOVE that! We’re dying to make some local friends and I’d love to learn more about your blog too. 🙂 Mind shooting me an email? hailey@householdmag.com. Can’t wait to meet!

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