Monday, August 3, 2009
This morning i found myself going nuts. I swept and mopped the entire house (a mopping Monday ritual). But there was something weird. I had to change the water out more than usual and I move ALL the furniture around to mop under it. Then, I commenced to Clorox-clean up my entire kitchen cabinets, doors, handles, the fridge, oven...and it was like i HAD to. It was compulsive...then it hit me-I'M NESTING..its getting close..last week i actually ironed Ben's shorts..for fun! I had 'done' everything i knew to do. I found this article in Parenting Weekly and found it timely, appropriate and comforting! At least I didn't go as overboard as some of these nesting women..
~The nesting urge can also be seen as a sign of the onset of labor when it occurs close to 40 weeks of pregnancy. Nesting brings about some unique and seemingly irrational behaviors in pregnant women and all of them experience it differently. Women have reported throwing away perfectly good sheets and towels because they felt the strong need to have "brand new, clean" sheets and towels in their home. They have also reported doing things like taking apart the knobs on kitchen cupboards, just so they could disinfect the screws attached to the knobs. Women have discussed taking on cleaning their entire house, armed with a toothbrush. There seems to be no end to the lengths a nesting mother will go to prepare for her upcoming arrival. This unusual burst of energy is responsible for women ironing anything in the house that couldn't out run them. Being preoccupied with ant killing, squishing them one at a time for weeks on end. Packing and unpacking the labor bag 50 times. Cleaning the kitchen cupboards and organizing everything by size to the point that you make sure the silverware patterns match when it's stacked in the cutlery drawer. Sorting the baby's clothes over and over again is a favorite theme. Taking them out of the drawers and re-folding them, putting them away and doing it over and over again. Nesting will provide interesting stories for years to come. Nesting can be one of the more humorous aspects of pregnancy. One that you and your partner are sure to laugh about in the years to come. No one can pull you out of it no matter how silly your behavior may seem. It simply becomes something that you must do!