I subscribe to a pregnancy newsletter just for fun, as my "been there, done that" attitude about childbirth has been the driving force of mustering enough energy to take on the chaos of my day.
Perky, cute as a button images of models with tiny bumps skipping about has papered the ezines and I was pleasantly surprised to see a model in my last email looking less than thrilled and perched atop a birthing ball.
A smile appeared on my face, because this model captured what I was feeling that particular day. Back pain and pressure in my nether regions you can only speak about with your mother and close girlfriends.
In bold type, the editors of the newsletter informed me of that great state of euphoric energy which was due to hit my being any day - the nesting instinct.
Excited at the thought of organizing and cleaning my home with a toothbrush put my pregnant mind at ease. So I enthusiastically waited for the day to hit.
And I am still waiting...
My obstetrician informed me at my last visit that I was progressing nicely and could very well have my baby any time. Daily contractions and dilation checked off my labor to-do list, I lay waiting for that final burst of energy before my baby arrives.
I can’t say we have gone above and beyond to prepare for our third child. Yes, the baby’s room is freshly painted in "craft paper", a nice gender neutral color. The crib is assembled. Green, yellow and white onsies washed and prepped for a little baby to squirm and sleep in. We have diapers, wipes, formula and bottles (because I will not be breastfeeding this time around).
But no explosion of preparation.
Is my third child already getting the shaft?
As I type, I am having a nice contraction and start to contemplate doing more.
All this baby needs is a place to sleep, food, diapers and love, right?
And as much as I felt energized to scrub every inch of my house with my first pregnancy and clean all of my window screens right before my second delivery, I feel like my nest is pretty much in order and ready for another baby bird.
I know fun stories abound with the topic of nesting!
How did you prepare your home for baby? If you had more than one child, did your nesting approach differ?