Pregnancy Week 37: Nesting

Pregnancy Week 37: NestingIn the past few hours, I have vacuumed my couches, wiped down my refrigerator, straightened the living room, and washed the curtains. I think it’s safe to say that I am nesting. Nesting is simply a woman’s urge to get up, organize, and clean every part of her house because you want to get your house ready for your upcoming arrival. Little things may start to bug you. For me, it’s the cat hair on my couches.

What causes nesting?

Most women just really want their home to be picture perfect for baby to come home to. I keep telling myself that I am more laid back this time around, but the truth is, I am probably just as bad at nesting. With just a few weeks left before I meet my son, I am ready to get this house in order.

Here are some reasons why many believe women have this instinct:

  • Boredom. Maybe we just get tired of being pregnant? I know I am not bored!
  • Desire to be prepared. We all want to be prepared. Newborns are needy, and it’s good to be ready for them.
  • Anticipation and excitement. Maybe we are just really, really excited about welcoming a new baby and want things to be perfect.

Nesting is a universal instinct for moms-to-be. Mother hamsters, birds, cats, and even dogs have this instinct before their young arrives.

Making nesting worth it:

While I am specifically on a cleaning rampage lately, there are some things you can do to make this nesting energy work for you.

  • Cook freezer meals. Prepare meals in advance and stock your freezer. Tired new moms don’t feel like cooking. Pizza and take-out will get pricey and old quick.
  • Get Ahead on Laundry. If you feel like you need to wash big items like rugs, curtains, etc., do it now. Babies can be messy, and your new bundle may back up your laundry for a little while.
  • Start on your birth announcements. If you plan to order some announcements, go ahead and design them except for the crucial details. That way, you can just add the rest after baby arrives.
  • Stock up. Go ahead and get some extra household supplies, personal items, and groceries to eliminate late-night toilet paper runs. Be careful with expiration dates on food, however.

As women, we want to create a loving, nurturing environment for our children. Most of us want it deep cleaned and thoroughly organized. That’s okay. Just remember not to overdo it. Take the time to rest, delegate tasks to your spouse or other children, and take a nap when you need it. I think I will do just that.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of one and one on the way.  She loves a clean house and vacuumed couches, but she knows that stuff is not truly that important, too.

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