Nesting is no joke!
It seemed as though the first question out of everyone’s mouth when they first found out I was pregnant was “Have you started nesting yet?” Ummm… what? During the first trimester all I wanted to do was lay in bed and eat crackers. I thought nesting was only for ‘those’ moms. You know, the ones who make pregnancy look so easy. The ones who are still wearing their high heels and have time to put on make up in the morning. I thought to myself – How in the world is an exhausted, nauseous, aching, tired, hungry pregnant lady supposed to find the time and energy to nest? Nesting involves cleaning and organizing and sweating and thinking – this must be some sort of myth. But then it happened! My third trimester hit and suddenly I was a Disney princess singing and dancing and smiling (yes, smiling!) as I dusted, scrubbed, and organized every room in my house. For me, nesting was instinctual – an urge bubbling deep from within. I did some research and it turns out that there is quite a bit of science behind nesting. Studies show that for most moms nesting takes place in the form of organization. For me, it was equal parts organizing and cleaning.
Below are some of my nesting ‘musts’. Can you think of anything else to add to the list?
- Clean the House. Dust, vacuum, and scrub
- Meal Prep. Whether you enlist help from friends and family or you do it yourself, make sure to have the freezer packed with easy meals to reheat at a moments notice.
- Get the ‘Big Stuff’ Done in the Nursery. Although your baby might not be using their new room for a while, you’ll appreciate having the furniture put together and artwork hung when it comes time for baby to transition to their own room.
- Wash the baby’s clothes, blankets, and bedding. One word of caution… if you have an abundance of baby clothes, hold off on washing too much. Baby might grow out of a few items before you even have time to snap a picture of them wearing it
- Organize Baby Clothes by Size.
- Assemble Stroller, Pack n’ Play, Swings, and Car Seat.
- Create a Pregnancy Dream Journal. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having the craziest baby dreams lately! One day it will be fun to look back and read all about them.
- Get Baby’s Bathroom Ready.
- Pack Diaper and Hospital Bags.
- Put Together Instructions for Pet Care. You will be thankful to have this if you go into labor early and have to leave your pet behind.
- Clean the Car.
- Get Camera Ready. Make sure camera is charged and that you have an empty memory card to fill up.
- Get Bills in Order. My due date is at the end of the month. Bills are going to be the last thing on our mind!
- Meet with Your HR Department at Work. Schedule a quick meeting to make sure that all of your paperwork is turned in before going on leave.
- Gather Comfy Clothes for Yourself. After baby comes you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible!
- Clear Out Space in Kitchen for Baby Supplies.
- Clean Bottles/ Pacifiers/ Breast-Feeding equipment.
- Ready Your Changing Stations.
- Create a Budget. This is a big one! Make sure you have a plan in place financially while you are on leave.
- Steam Clean the Carpets/ Mop the Floors.