Note on Nesting

I made lots of lists when I was pregnant with Squish: lists of possible names, lists of what was going on that week, lists of things I wanted to do (or have Micah do) before the baby was born. And we worked on that list. The month before I was due, my mother-in-law came and helped us with some of the final projects. It was crazy. I was nesting like a real-live pregnant woman.

This time, not so much. Earlier in the pregnancy, I did have a list of things I wanted to do: get a new pad for the rocking chair, make a quilt for the baby (and maybe one for each of the boys, too), get bunkbeds for the boys, figure out how to store clothes for another little person. But nothing has happened on any of those projects. The boys are still in their toddler beds. The rocking chair has been taken over by stuffed animals (who will be homeless once the baby comes). The clothes we have are all folded nicely and stacked into boxes and suitcases.

But the baby will come anyway. She’ll sleep in our little moses basket. I’ll rock her in the chair. We’ll dig through the boxes to find her clothes. And maybe, sometime in the next six months, we’ll get around to a more permanent solution.

Have you nested? What projects were important to you? One of mine was getting a bookcase we found on the side of the road sanded and refinished. We did it and we love it.

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5 Comments

  1. Just a note on bunk beds for little kids: A close friend of mine has a cousin whose 1 1/2 year old was recently strangled to death on one. He wasn’t sleeping in the bed, but climbed onto the top bunk during the day, slipped between the slats of the guard rail, and was caught by the neck. This same friend’s sister almost had the same thing happen to her two-year-old, but luckily she found him there before any serious damage was done. I apologize for being negative, and I realize that people have bunk beds in the house with little kids all of the time and nothing terrible usually happens, but after these two incidents, which happened very close together, I just can’t think of bunk beds and toddlers without worrying.

    On a more positive note, I am always pleasantly surprised by the fact that it is okay not to get absolutely everything done before a baby is born because it always turns out that after a while I am somehow miraculously able to accomplish things afterward.

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    lizzie Reply:

    How tragic. That will definitely be in our minds when we eventually do get bunk beds. With the space limitations we have, there is very little else we could consider besides bunks. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I have never nested like I am now. I’ve been going absolutely nuts this past month of things that just “had” to get done before the baby. The things on my completed list includes (but is not limited to): repainting our bay window, fresh coat of paint up the stairs (along the wall), Deep cleaning the fridge and freezer, emptying out all of my kitchen cabinets then wiping and getting rid of things I don’t need, moving all Claire’s clothes and things into the boys’ room to make way for the new boy, having Adrian build/paint/and set up bunk beads for the boys, rotating clothes for the kids and putting too small clothes in the attic, going through all our toys and getting rid of the junk, etc. Still on the list that won’t get done by next week are cleaning all the house windows (in and out), scrubbing all the cabinets, cleaning out the garage to be able to park back in it, and getting new carpet. 🙂 Those just aren’t going to happen. I do feel, though, that I’ve made good progress, now I’m giving myself the go-ahead to just veg on the couch until it’s go-time. HA!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Awesome. It sounds like you’ve earned some time to rest and let your body get ready to have that baby! I really wish I had a list of things to do, and the means to do them. I think we just have so many other things that we are trying to do (getting the business set up, figuring out school for the fall) that I’ve realized that it just isn’t a good time to worry about other projects. 🙁

    Oh, and rotation clothes – that is the task I can never stay on top of. Seasons and sizes and how many of what . . . I’d love to hear how you handle that.

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  3. Cagesjamtoo (aka Sam)

    June 30th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    One thing that every mother-to-be needs to do to prepare for the baby is pack the bag for the hospital. For at least the last three kids it was done after the due date. How crazy is that?!? And then with the last one, I can’t even remember how it happened, but I didn’t have clothes to bring the baby home in. I just put off that nesting task. Probably because I go so late that a packed bag is a reminder that there still isn’t a baby.

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    lizzie Reply:

    That’s good advice. I’ve heard of people who somehow packed enough clothes for themselves for a week-long stay, but forgot a toothbrush in their hurry to get out the door and to the hospital since they hadn’t done it before they went into labor.

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  4. I found that with each baby, I nested more. With my most recent – the third – I felt like I realized how fast those first few weeks and months fly by and my goal was to get everything done that could possibly get in my way of thoroughly enjoying and soaking up those moments without distraction. I bought clothes for each kid to grow into for the upcoming year so I don’t have to waste my time shopping or figuring it out, I touched up paint and did a few fresh coats and basically got our home picture perfect since we will be putting it up for sale in the near future, I super-organized the kid closet to fit all three kids clothes and everything they’ve outgrown or will grow into…that type of stuff. I also like to take a little time for myself. One of my favorite ways to connect with baby is a nice and calm bath, feeling her wiggle and seeing her in my belly, definitely my Dave part of pregnancy. I didn’t have a baby shower for the second and third, but instead tried to get in a couple of date nights with my husband since we usually don’t leave our babies for a few months, and then a girls night out is a fun way to celebrate the pregnancy and new little one with some good friends. Of course if you do nothing to prepare, all will be fine 😉 I’m the type who’d rather stress and sweat a bit beforehand rather than after – and it helps me pass the time. Only this last time I must admit, I didn’t practice my hypnobirthing except maybe twice. Luckily, it all came back to me (and labor was only about an hour! She was born ten minutes after we arrived at the birth center! And to think I was doubtful they’d admit us?!) Sorry for the novel but it’s all so fresh for me! One last thing: time with the kids you already have. Life will change for everyone and you’ll be busy nursing a new baby, so if some days you just drop everything to focus on some special time with your kids, I say go for it! Enjoy your last few weeks! It all only gets better! So far, the more the merrier! Three is awesome!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks for the reminder to spend some time with the kids before the baby is born. This week has been hot and I have been cranky at times, but we’ve also tried to get out and go play as much as we can since I’ll be out of commission and then out of town for a few weeks soon after the baby is born . . . and Manchild will start school right after I come home. So this really is going to be a big transition, especially for him.

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  5. PS-I’ve also heard a lot of concern about kids/bunk beds if they’re under about 5-6 years old. Have you considered a trundle bed? We have some friends that went that route and it’s worked great 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    We’ll definitely look into it. We’ll have to see how things work with our space. The boys bedroom is so small that there may not even be room for a trundle bed to pull out. Hahaha. Gotta love Brooklyn.

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