Thanks for the quick reply!
We have a few ex-pens I was going to link together for supervised outside time until he is old enough for invisible fence system (we live on almost 8 acres which are abbutted by a busy road on one side, not to mention a creek, woods, and field areas. The invisible fence cordons a lot of that off while still leaving over 1.5 acres of lawn, wwhere of course we will primarily use a leash). I was considering getting an extra ex pen to use in the side room we were thinking of keeping the puppy, as it has a double door opening and is too wide for most gates. As I think through the reality of the crate in the bedroom, it's clear I need to try it on for size -not sure the crate will even fit in the open floor space that isn't taken up by Ivy's bed, the dressers, and our bed. That said, I like the idea of him with us, and imagine he would too. My first dog Tess simply slept in bed with me. Issue solved, lol.
We don't free feed Ivy. Her bowls are in the kitchen and she eats twice a day. I know we can move her food out of the kitchen - it's not like she won't be able to find it, but it would be one more adjustment.
Re: names. The puppy is the guy in the first image above. He's a chunk!
We are considering Wilson (a street where we used to live, as Ivy is an area in which we live), Tate, Dale, Oliver, Bear, Beau, and Grey.