Nesting: [ˈnɛstɪŋ] n Definition: Nesting instinct refers to an instinct or urge in pregnant animals to prepare a home for the upcoming newborn(s). It is found in a variety of animals (both mammals and birds) including humans. Mamatoga Definition: The crazy urge you get when hugely pregnant to clean every surface, article of clothing and object in your house. Can be combined with OCD like organizing.
It's that fun time of being pregnant for me readers, the nesting instinct has kicked in! Suddenly I look around my house and see windows that need to be washed, tiles that need to be thoroughly scrubbed, stuffed animals that should be tossed in the washing machine, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Desk drawers are cleaned out and organized, the insides of shelves are sanitized, picture frames dusted and cleaned, the list is really endless. In addition to making room for all of the new baby items, things that seemed innocuous up until now are becoming cleaning emergencies. Like my antique whale letter opener. I've never actually cleaned this thing but now I think I should. No, I MUST clean it. IT MUST BE CLEANED! AND NOW!
Nesting quickly takes on a sort of maniacal urgency with me. Closets need to be emptied and reorganized, drawers full of clothes are rearranged, there is nothing that is safe from my urge to clean. My mail organizer has never looked more perfect, and I must resist the urge to photograph it just to prove to myself later on that it once looked this way. But it won't stop now, this newfound energy to clean will most likely carry on after I have the baby. After Finn was born I practically followed our black lab Lucy around while he was napping (okay I didn't practically follow her around, I DID follow her around) with a Swiffer vacuum in an effort to keep dog hair off of the floors. In my sleep deprived brain I thought it was a genius idea to try and catch the dog hair as it fell off of her apparently. Needless to say she wasn't pleased with this, and I needed to have a stern talking to before
having it pried from my hands I would release the Swiffer and relax.
There are of course benefits to this nesting instinct. My home has never been more organized and is sparkling clean. I've instituted new routines for the kids to make the mornings run more smoothly and have given them both new responsibilities in cleaning and getting ready that they have jumped into with enthusiasm. But, I am becoming aware that a line does need to be drawn on the perfectly cleaned and polished floor when it comes to nesting. It CAN get to be too much, for yourself and for the people (and dogs) around you. For example, standing next to someone at the table while they finish their dinner waiting to take the plate so you can clean it? Apparently not appreciated. Nor is tapping your foot while waiting, FYI. And cleaning out the inside of the fireplace while hugely pregnant does make you look just a tad on the nutball side. Just so you know. And lightbulbs? I guess they don't need to be washed. Not really. Another good example? If your laundry room looks like the one below I applaud you, but I'm also a little scared of you...
I guess what I'm saying is that nesting is necessary to get some of those last minute cleaning and organizing projects done, and it does soothe some of the nervousness that comes along right before the baby does. It can help calm you down and make you feel like you're ready for that new arrival. BUT, don't let it get the best of you readers! Take it from me, you'll do yourself a favor if you stay out of any home improvement stores the week before you give birth. Maybe don't go down the closet organization aisle in Target. Color coordinating your closet doesn't NEED to be done at 11:30 at night when you realize, hey, my closet ISN'T color coordinated?! And I'm going to follow my own advice readers, I'm going to put down the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for the time being and instead try to just relax and take it easy before baby number three gets here and remember, in everyone's life a little dog hair must fall, and there is nothing wrong with that.