The Sofa

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Modular sofa

I may be the only blogger who’s featured her sofa more than once.

What? I spend a lot of time on it.

Recently, my husband had a brilliant idea. Since the sofa is modular, why don’t we switch things around??

And so we did.

The above is the result.

A family friendly sofa.

Not so friendly for a pregnant woman who has to scoot off or climb over the arm. Or walk across the length of the sofa to the ‘opening’ you see pictured.

BUT, now, we all lounge around during family time, the hour before the Monkey goes to bed. He lolls around in the middle (hence the Lion and the Crocodile are present at all times).

I use the coffee table that’s been pushed to the side as a ‘desk’ (i.e. where my drinks and snacks go).

And if we so choose, we can ALL nap together on it!

When the baby arrives, I’m guessing he’s gonna be somewhere on that massive sofa.

What else do you suggest we can do on that sofa? No naughty ideas though!

Linking up with parenting By Dummies for her Wordful Wednesday series.

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In other news, I’m over at Coffee Lovin’ Mom today talking about pie, among other interesting things! Come say hi, if you’re free – after all, she always has the coffee on!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • April 4, 2012 Kimberly

    That looks like the perfect sofa to nap on. But walking around it? Not so much. πŸ˜‰
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    • April 4, 2012 Alison

      Clearly, I like a challenge πŸ˜‰

  • I like the configuration … but I can remember being pregnant, and it was hard to get out of the car. With lots of things to grab onto. That must be a bit tricky to extricate yourself from!

    Comfy place to be stuck, though. πŸ™‚ A great place for lots of love and snuggles.
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    • April 4, 2012 Alison

      Oh it so is! It makes one slothful though. Especially when one is pregnant πŸ˜‰

  • April 4, 2012 Stasha

    This just screams fort to me. Start building!!
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    • April 4, 2012 Alison

      Monkey loves moving those cushions around, so fort it is!

  • April 4, 2012 Mark

    My kids would love that sofa!
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    • April 4, 2012 Alison

      Wanna come over and hang out?

  • April 4, 2012 Mirjam

    Oh wow, that looks so comfy!
    You have a perfect excuse never to come of that thing
    and be served all day.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      If only I had people to serve me πŸ˜‰ The toddler refuses to cooperate haha.

  • April 4, 2012 tracy

    I call the spot next to the lion! Also – I didn’t know you were a ‘sofa’ girl instead of a ‘couch’ girl. xo
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hey that’s my spot. But you’re welcome to squeeze in. Seeing that we’re almost-sister wives and all. Also, British English, hence sofa. πŸ˜‰

  • April 4, 2012 Jadzia

    OK, this maman WANTS THAT SOFA. It must be wonderful for movie nights! And if it’s too hard to extricate yourself during Trimester #3–well, there’s always the pryin’ bar.
    Jadzia recently wrote…Are You Beginning To Sense A Theme?My Profile

    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Right?? It’s crazy comfy. And I require lots of time to get up. Hehe.

  • April 4, 2012 Erin

    The center screams wrestling ring for my 2 boys! Which would leave me just walking away and shaking my head . . .
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Oh I just know that when my boys are old enough, there will be a lot of matches on the sofa!

  • April 4, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    It looks like a wonderful raft. I think if you put rope on a pole you could fish off it.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      That’s a great idea!

  • April 4, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    OH my goodness that couch would practically fit all 6 of the kiddos plus us 2 adults! I can totally see this being a place of comfort for you guys once the baby comes.

    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      We’re getting a lot of practice getting comfy on it πŸ˜‰

  • April 4, 2012 Ado

    You could (and quite possibly do!) LIVE on that sofa.
    You could charge someone RENT!
    You could have PICNICS on it (and you are w. the mango).
    What a great work-live space. (-:
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Yes, I eat and drink on this!

      Ooh, charging rent, that’s a thought!

  • April 4, 2012 Christine

    I think that your sofa is as big as my NYC apartment. I would never leave it. I agree with Stasha – build a fort.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hehe, it is kinda large, yes. Ok fort it is!

  • April 4, 2012 Stacy Uncorked

    That looks like the PERFECT sofa to have some quality family cuddling time on – I need to get one! πŸ™‚
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      All families NEED one πŸ™‚

  • April 4, 2012 Kerstin

    I LOVE this! Perfect little family island! And you could probably also eat Krispy Kreme on there and never get up again! πŸ˜‰
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Um, did you peek into my life yesterday? πŸ™‚

  • April 4, 2012 Stephanie

    I would build a small tent on in and use it for a comfy indoor campout πŸ™‚
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Good idea!

  • April 4, 2012 Julia

    Such a good idea! We love sofa forts….you have the perfect set up!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      You’re the 3rd person to suggest that so yes, FORTS!

  • April 4, 2012 Justine

    I don’t blame you for featuring that sofa more than once. I’m afraid if I got on it, I may never want to leave. It looks so incredibly comfy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad to meet new bloggers through these link-ups!
    Justine recently wrote…Because now I canMy Profile

    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I hardly get off it πŸ˜‰ Thanks for coming by Justine!

  • April 4, 2012 Charlotte

    Awww, I love what you’ve done with it! What a fantastic idea (and it looks super comfy).

    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      All credit to the husband!!

  • April 5, 2012 jacqui

    That looks like it’s super comfortable for family time. And an excellent napping location!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I can confirm that naps HAVE been taken on it.

  • April 5, 2012 Natalie

    I so wanna lounge on your couch! It looks so comfy!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      You’re welcome to, we can accommodate a few more people πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Devon Riesenberg

    LOVE THIS POST! and that sofa, my gosh! It looks like the greatest couch of all time. Where did you buy that? a global chain by chance so I can copy you and buy it too???
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Heh! I actually have no idea where my husband got it from. It’s some local furniture store. But modular couches are all the rage now, pretty sure you can find it easily!

  • April 5, 2012 Jessica

    I LOVE that sofa! I actually like the set up in the picture. The baby will fit right in on all of its comfy glory! πŸ™‚
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I can just see it. Lots of photo ops on it too πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Lady Jennie

    That is flat out awesome! Looks like a cozy family place.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Flat out is the phrase – me, flat, on it. πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Krystyn

    That looks like an awesome couch..but I’m with you….the current arrangement isn’t so pregnancy friendly.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      My husband kindly moved the coffee table up, so I have another point of entry/ exit now πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Andie

    That sofa is awesome! I may need to get one. Maybe you need to add an elevator chair to the end to help you getup and down!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hahahaha! Yes, perhaps. We moved the table up so that’s the easier (and cheaper) way for me to get off and on.

  • April 5, 2012 Phase Three of Life

    This is the BEST. Couch. I. Have. Ever. Seen.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hee hee! Thank you!

  • April 5, 2012 Laura

    Oh my gosh – that looks absolutely comfy. And total torture for a pregnant woman.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Haha it is. I love/ hate it.

  • April 5, 2012 kgwaite

    Now that looks comfortable! Every morning, my son and I snuggle on the couch to read for an hour before school.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Aw, that’s nice.

  • April 5, 2012 Ann

    I love the sofa move around! It’s perfect for a family! I have a sofa in the middle of the living room that is comfy, but I have this really great 50s style “bucket chair” that I adore! That and my foot stool is my home turf!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Well, we gotta see that now!

  • April 5, 2012 Natalie

    Fun! I think you should keep moving it around. Just to keep everyone guessing, you know?
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Haha, that’s an idea!

  • April 5, 2012 Jessica

    I suggest you eat water crackers on that sofa.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I DO.

  • Your husband is a genius. That is the best sofa configuration for a mommy and toddler ever! Three cheers for modular sofas! I’m jealous…
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      He can be rather clever at times πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Leslie

    This gives a whole new meaning to the term “sofa-bed”! I’m a few weeks behind you, and I know I’d just roll my way off that thing at the end of the day!
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I um, do roll out. Shhhhh πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Missy

    Doesn’t that look so fun! I love to see when people do fun, unique things with their living arrangements.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Heh. Hey, link up idea! πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 Julie

    I bought a recliner in the last two months of my pregnancy because it was the only thing I could get out of! I can’t imagine how you get in and out of that thing, but it sure looks comfortable in the in between.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I er, scoot off on my butt. Ahem.

  • April 5, 2012 julie gardner

    May I suggest there’s room for me right there between the alligator and the lion?

    And I won’t even try to borrow your fork.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      You’re tiny, so yes, there’s room for you. There’s always room for you. I may even let you borrow my small blue plastic fork. I mean, the toddler’s small blue plastic fork.

  • April 5, 2012 Kimberly

    Well I guess I can’t comment then.
    It does look gloriously comfy.
    I’d lay on it.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Hehe, dirty goose.

  • Define ‘naughty’…
    Toe-wrestling matches, that is what that sofa is made for.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      Haha, that sounds fun!

  • April 5, 2012 Elizabeth

    Ah, no naughty ideas! You took the fun out of it! =) Just kidding…hmmm…maybe a tickle fest with your little guy! Those are always fun.
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      We do that all the time! πŸ™‚

  • April 5, 2012 MommaKiss

    I say don’t change a thing. Looks wicked comfy to me.

    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      For now, there is no intention to change anything. Dude, I live on that thing.

  • April 5, 2012 Kir

    that looks like the PERFECT place for naps and Law& Order Marathons…I’ll be at the airport in the 12 hours, come get me πŸ˜‰

    I love it, I can imagine that it’s hard to get on/off right now, but SOON, it will be the best place ever. Like a little island in your living room, xoxoo
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    • April 5, 2012 Alison

      I’ll be waiting with cupcakes and Krispy Kreme donuts πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2012 Elvira

    that looks like such a comfy place! love it!

    I agree with the others… When I was pregnant I was too tired to put my socks on… It wasn’t that I couldn’t reach my feet… I was just sooo out of breath by that time I gave up and usually plopped
    down on the bed and let my hubby do it for me.

    Making me get off of a couch like this would be just plain mean!

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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      Which is why I hate getting off πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2012 Elvira

    can someone tell me how to change our little avatar pictures on our comments? thanks!
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      I believe you have to go to to change your avatar. πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2012 Tonya

    I love the idea of a “family sofa” How cool and I can see why you would feature it on your blog more than once, it looks super comfy. πŸ™‚
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      Oh it so is! We’re kinda obsessed with it since we spend so much time on it πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2012 Mama and the City

    Your sofa is awesome. Mine is too small. I want one like yours so my little one can be a free wrestler w/o control. He he he
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      Get a new one!

  • April 6, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    — that looks soft and oh-so-utterly comfortable.

    Can I come relax for a bit? Do you have some wine?

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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      For you, I’m breaking out the champagne. xo

  • April 6, 2012 angela

    Throw on a giant blanket and have a picnic!

    Pirate ships and magic carpet rides await you πŸ™‚
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      That quilt will work perfectly!

  • April 6, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    That is awesome!!! I want that sofa…and that lion too πŸ˜‰
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      Monkey said you can’t have the lion πŸ˜‰

  • April 6, 2012 Robin

    I love it! That looks seriously comfy. I bet it would make the foundation for a great fort, too. Or have a big picnic on it!
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      We do eat on it πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2012 Jamie

    Turn it into a covered fort! I love those things… sleeping under a tent is so fun – but only when it’s done inside!
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    • April 6, 2012 Alison

      I love that!

  • April 7, 2012 Galit Breen

    That is such a great idea and I love the idea of everyone cozying up together!
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    • April 7, 2012 Alison

      The toddler loves it!

  • April 8, 2012 Amanda

    Best. Sofa. Ever. I wish we had space for aa sofa of its magnitude and magnificence – seriously!
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    • April 8, 2012 Alison

      It is the most awesome piece of furniture in our house!

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