Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nesting Gone Crazy

OK, so I am a nester by nature. Pregnant or not I am always nesting. I remember being a little girl and on sick days I would build nests by the heating vents. So, you can imagine that I am taking it to the next level at this point in my pregnancy. This week it's been extra crazy and I thought I would give you a little taste of it...

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  1. Yesterday I found this post asking pregnant women to share some of their crazy nesting moments. I was excited about it because I thought it might give me new ideas...it did.
  2. I wrote out three weeks of menus and corresponding grocery lists. When my Mom stopped by and saw the first list. She noted how cleanly it was written and asked me if I had written the list and then re-written it to make it look nice...and I had.
  3. I have spent many hours washing baby clothes, folding them, refolding them and organizing them by size.
  4. I wrote out directions for my family who will be watching Bumblebee when we are off busy with the business of birthing.
  5. I have been cleaning everything from windowsills to Bumblebee's ears.
  6. Cleaning out the entire car and making a seat cover for the back seat.
  7. Making a cover for a second hand baby swing we received. The seat had a very boyish theme and I decided to recover it with a fun bold print.
I could really go on and on, but I am feeling a little bit nutty as I read through the list I already have.

I will have you know that Eric has his own version of man nesting going on. He is really into assembling baby related items. Last night we spent a good hour and a half looking for a special battery for a bouncer we were given. Admittedly we were both in on this particular obsession.

So, for those of you who have gone through this before do you ave any tips?

17 comments:

On my way Home... said...

I don't have any tips, but I can totally relate right now. :)

Stacy said...

Oh, show us the seat covers! YAY for nesting. I've been doing a lot lately too and I'm not pregnant. ;-)

eLiZaBeTh said...

This is my advice to you. Take a nap, sleep in a little later than ususal. Take a bath. Read. Do any of these quiet things in between nesting frenzies. Because you will not sleep past 8 for a long, long time. Not that you will want to, but right now, you CAN. Rest up, it is good for you. When I nested, I was completely OBSESSED with vacuuming.

Annie said...

Number five was funny. :-) But it all sounds normal to me. I never thought I would be such a mother type before the babies were born. But I've always enjoyed being at home too whereas my husband needs to get out much more often.

Tip: Make sure you know how to use the safety seat before the baby is born... We almost couldn't get out of the hospital. :-)

Amanda said...

No tips but am worried you might be doing too much....are you getting any rest?????

Maria Rose said...

Elizabeth, I wish I could sleep in. She has been waking me up. So I have been trying with naps!

Amanda, my cleaning frenzies are always carefully matched with periods of rest. Usually I work for a bit and then rest for some time.

Linda said...

This didn`t sound too crazy. I was manic about canning!! I was crazy about picking berries and canning them, maybe an instinct told me it was necessary to have supplies stored up for the winter baby? (Anyway didn`t eat half of it, all that jam will last me a while) And not to mention my knitting mania!

If you plan to breastfeed it can be really handy to have a book on it, I often used it in the beginning when I went through all the start-up hiccups of breastfeeding. Nice to know what to do when you are oh so sore! Also a breast pump can be a life saver! If you plan to breastfeed, it is SO worth the start up troubles most people experience! It´s so relaxing and it`s such a powerful way of bonding. Not too mention the extra 600 calories you burn a day.)

And make sure you do plenty of YOU things before the baby is born. It might be a little while till you can do that again. Pamper yourself and prioritise doing things that might be difficult to do after the baby is born.

Emily said...

I am a list-maker deluxe, so I had lists upon lists of things to do before all my babies were born. But the biggest piece of advice I have is to realize that if everything doesn't get done that you want to before the baby comes: it is okay. You'll be too busy looking at your beautiful girl to care about anything else. =)

Robin said...

Sounds like you got it all under control!

..... Carmen said...

My only tip is to enjoy the nesting, and to ignore the looks or comments of those that might deem what you are doing as ridiculous. I can't even tell you how many times I washed, folded, and re-organized Grace's clothes as I was waiting for her. There was also pantry cleaning, wiping of shelves, reading of many baby related instruction manuals for things like strollers, swings etc. This is a fun last stage of PG - soak it all in!

Christina Lowry said...

Oh yes, I do remember being very very nesting inclined when I was pregnant. I ended up pulling all the contents out of the fridge each week and cleaning the fridge and putting it all back in again, cleaning all the doors in the house, the tops of them and all (even though it is probably best not to climb up on chairs...), sorting through drawers, complusively cleaning the floor and kitchen... the only things I couldn't do were clean the bathrooms and the oven, so I made my husband do it for me! I spent a lot of time in the nursery too, arranging things, folding clothes or just sitting in the rocking chair. I think the end of the pregnancy was the best part for me, even though I got uncomfortable, I had a lot of energy and was so excited! I hope you are enjoying this chance to be extra nesty! :)

pepper said...

I just found you lovely blog :) and I just posted about nesting yesterday! I find it soothing, and I have been known to rewrite lists neater too!
x Pepper

Our Green Nest said...

Sounds like you're really good but I would suggest doing some pampering things just for YOU because you won't be able to do those things for quite some time. And rest...and read...mentally prepare for birth...and drink lots of red raspberry leaf tea...and do remember that it's ok if it doesn't all get done.

Leah said...

Sounds like some good nesting there. :-D I am in the adoption process, so I most likely have longer than 9 months to go, and I've started the nesting process also. I've already gotten so much done, I can only imagine what things will look like in 9-12 months from now. :-D

Beth said...

I loved nesting! I knew my baby would be coming soon when I re-cleaned the house several times a day. I never rested as much as I should, I just wanted to keep busy because I was so excited of our little arrival. I did things like you such as organize baby clothes and fold them. I think the thing I miss most about being pregnant is that I swam everyday at the YMCA with the little old ladies. They didn't have all those cool pregnancy swim classes or yoga at that time, but it worked and I loved it! I can't believe my babies are 12 and 10 now. It really goes fast..really fast..sign
When I did my doula work and the mother was not going into labor when she wanted to..key word she wanted to..lol..we would vigorously clean her house and sure enough little baby would be on its way. Its like they expect maid service from birth and onwards..lol

Nikki Cardigan said...

Just one suggestion.... enjoy each other. Acknowledge that these are the last days you and Eric will just be 2... only having to look after each other, only having to care for each other and only having to consider each other.

Becoming a mother is THE BEST THING we have done. My husband and I love our babies more than we coul dhave possibily imagined and there is nothing we would change... even the surprise of seeing two little babies in my belly when we only ordered one!!! But there are some times when we miss just 2.... not that we would EVERE want to go there... but just as being 4 is beautiful, so was being 2.

xxxx

sophie said...

oh man, nesting is something else. I went mental folding and refolding baby clothes, changing the order, moving from shelf to shelf. I also cleaned and cleaned, everything had to be 'done' before the baby came. I wish I could get back into that zone!!

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