Nesting at it's finest!!

1. The Nesting Instinct

Many pregnant women experience the nesting instinct, a powerful urge to prepare their home for the baby by cleaning and decorating. Or perhaps you'll want to tackle projects you haven't had time to do, like organizing your garage or closets.

As your due date draws closer, you may find yourself cleaning cupboards or washing walls — things you never would have imagined doing in your ninth month of pregnancy! This desire to prepare your home can be useful because it will give you more time to recover and nurture your baby after the birth. But be careful not to overdo it.

When it hits, it hits hard! Yesterday I was driving home from work and my messy car set me off!!! I couldn't handle it anymore...the water bottles in the floor (I grab one everytime I drive somewhere - my uncontrollable fear of choking and not having something to drink), the piles of "softball ready" gear in my back seat, cds in both of my doors that I don't listen to, the grass and leaves in the floor, the dirty windshield/windows, etc and so forth. So what's a pregnant lady to do? Find the nearest car wash and get busy!! I opted for the "Automatic" wash because I knew that the vacuuming would probably be more than I could even handle. So, I selected my $6 "The Works" car wash and pulled forward. Grabbed my phone, sat back in my seat and caught up on Facebook while the car wash did it's magic!! When that was over I pulled forward to the vacuums. First I threw away anything and everything I could, moved my blanket/sweaters/softball ready stuff to the trunk and then vacuumed my floors and seats. I am sure it was a sight to everyone else at the car wash - an 8 month pregnant woman maneuvering the vacuum!! But hey, I got it done without too much gasping and pain! :) Is it just me, or does a clean car always drive better? And wouldn't you know that it ended up raining later? Thank God I park in the garage, I might...just might have had a melt-down!! LOL!

The nesting continued once I got home. As soon as I walked in the door I put my stuff down, walked straight to the laundry room and  started laundry. Then I changed into my pj's, of course, and got busy! I knew Nate would want to eat a little something before Lodge, so I got out all the good for that and had them ready to go. I cleaned up the kitchen and made a fresh batch of kool-aid. We go through a lot of Kool-aid at our house these days!! Nate got home and I helped him get ready for lodge, made his snack and visited with him a few before he was off. Then I made my own dinner and sat down on the couch. It was so bad that my sitting on the couch eating dinner felt like a waste of time, so I started organizing our DVR playlist! I went through it and deleted out the shows that I could live without watching because 48% room left on the DVR just isn't acceptable! :) Then I watched a couple of shows all the while thinking about the things I needed to get done! I watched the last 30 minutes of Tori & Dean, an episode of Life Unexpected, started 90210...and then got up to "tackle" more!! I did more laundry, cleaned our closet and our dresser, stripped our nightstand covers to be washed, put those and some towels in the wash, took out Mason's stroller box and some other things we didn't need in our bedroom, went through all the baby samples I've received and organized them in a storage drawer, cleaned out our file cabinet, started packing mine and Mason's hospital bag, organized his room a little more, hung up some of his new clothes, made a stack of the things I still need to wash, took out 3 bags of trash I collected while "nesting", let Diesel play outside for a few, folded and put away clothes, layed out my clothes to wear to work the next day, and I am sure there was more. That's all I can think of right now...and I'm exhausted just writing it all out!! My back was in a little pain when I laid down for bed, can you imagine?? At this rate, my house will have a complete makeover before Mason is here!!!

Tonight we have softball games, so I am sure I won't get much done afterwards. We usually don't get home until bedtime after softball games. However, Thursday I plan to jump back in full swing: Here are just some of the things I need to do before Mason's arrival!

- Wash some of Mason's new clothes
- Finish packing hospital bags
- Decide which outfits to take to the hospital
(which I am sure will be more than a week's worth)
- Decide which blankets to pack for the hospital
- Organize my craft/scrapbooking/photography section in our office
- Organize all of my sono pictures and get them in order, make sure they're
all scanned and ready for when I order my "book" of them!
- Move our bed over to the left to make room for the bassinet on my side
- Find our census forms and get those turned in - OOPS!!
- Pack up all my sweaters and winter clothes
- Get all of Mason's wall stuff hung up
- Go to Babies R Us to return a few things and get bottles/nipples and a few other things we need
- Get the carseat bases installed in our cars
- Wash/sterlize all bottles
- Find corner shelves for Mason's room
- Figure out which swing we are going to use and get the material to make new paddings
(well, for Leslie to make us new paddings!!)
- Rearrange/organize kitchen cabinets to make room for bottles, etc

And whatever else my little nesting heart desires!!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord -- plans to prosper you and not to harm you -- plans to give you hope and a future.

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