Watch out world – my nesting phase is here. I’ve heard it described by many: the time in your pregnancy when you want to clean and organize everything possible in your home. I didn’t know if I would go through this phase. While I’ve always liked to keep things neat, I really hate cleaning.
But now, my whole outlook has changed. Where I once saw a neat and (mostly) clean house, I now only see dust and animal hair. When I walk into a room, my first thoughts are on what needs cleaned and organized. I’ve started to notice places and items I want to clean that I didn’t even know could get dirty.
One of my first nesting accomplishments was cleaning out and organizing our closets. I also cleaned out my office at work. I have a huge “to-do before baby” list that includes everything from “clean carpets” to “print pictures and put in photo albums.” Nothing is off limits.
I’ve been the most focused on getting the nursery and other baby items ready. Even though I still have up to two months to go, I get panicky when I think of things we don’t have ready. It’s taking strong willpower not to go ahead and install the car seat – you know, just in case. I’ve washed all the baby clothes, blankets and towels, opened and put all my shower presents away, cleaned out a shelf in the kitchen for baby items and more. These have been the most rewarding nesting tasks but also the most surreal. I’ll be putting away baby shampoo and like a brick, it hits me that another living person will be moving in with us soon.
My husband and I are making room in our lives for someone new. It’s going to be a wonderful but overwhelming experience. Even though our new person will be small, she will demand that we change everything from our daily schedules to what movies we watch to what vacations we take. My nesting phase is helping me prepare our home, and my mind, for our new, tiny roommate. Or maybe the phase is just meant to keep me from going crazy in the home stretch of pregnancy. It’s helping with both.
This weekend, my plan is to deep clean our entire house, from top to bottom. My pre-pregnancy self would have dreaded this task, but I’m so excited I might even start tonight.
Pregnancy does some crazy things to your mind and body…nesting is definitely one of them.