I’ve heard pregnant women talk about nesting, and while it was a concept I understood (this uncontrollable desire to get stuff cleaned up, set up and done before the baby comes) it was never anything I went through with the boys. Sure, I had the urge to do stuff but I knew I shouldn’t move from my spot on the couch.
A couple of weeks ago I had the urge to make lists. Lots of lists. Lists of things I wanted to clean and organize. What had come over me?! At 5am this morning, when I couldn’t sleep, I started making more lists in my head. Finally at just before 6am I gave up on going back to sleep, fired up the laptop and made two lists… Things I need to buy still for the baby (and the list is surprisingly long!) and things I need to do before the baby comes.
We only have a little over 5 weeks until delivery day (5 weeks from Thursday!), so it’s time to get a move on. Task #1 was taking down the Christmas Tree. I always hate taking it down, because it adds so much cheer to our living room! Usually we leave it up at least a week past Christmas, but I need the living room space so that we can start moving the boys’ toys out of the playroom and into the living room. Down the tree came on Sunday.
Step 2 was cleaning the carpets yesterday. I always used to wonder who on earth would ever need to buy their own carpet cleaner, and now I know. People who have lots of kids and too much carpeting need those things! This is the 4th or 5th time in less than a year that we’ve cleaned our carpets. At least now (assuming the stomach bug doesn’t come through the house again between now and February 3rd) I know I’m putting my baby girl on a vomit smell-free carpet.
Next up is buying some sort of shelves/bookcase to store our bins of toys on. We had one in our cart yesterday until I realized our bins (that I bought 2 years ago) were too big to fit in those neat little cubes! Darn! My mission today is to find something, either in a store or online and get it here ASAP so that we can move those toys and tackle the baby’s room.
Ahh nesting. While the lists are long and somewhat overwhelming to look at, I feel so accomplished when I cross each item off!