Your Nesting Syndrome To-Do ListAlison Wood |24, June 2013
As the day of your bambino's arrival draws near you suddenly experience a sudden burst of energy. Yep. You guess it -- nesting syndrome. Dust bunnies seem like taunting gorillas and those linens in the guest bedroom are just screaming to be changed. You seem to have only one focus -- preparing your home for a new baby. Just like birds flutter about preparing their nests for little ones, pregnant women have this instinct as well towards the end of pregnancy. The exact timing is different for every woman, and don't listen to the old wives tales that teach you can tell labor is near if you experience nesting syndrome. Unfortunately, you can experience nesting and still be an entire month away from delivery. Since your previous months of pregnancy have been plagued with chronic fatigue and exhaustion, use this time to get some needed jobs done to give you a head start when your bambino makes his grand entrance. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Laundry, laundry, laundry!
Grab all those cute new outfits, baby blankets, crib sheets and accessories and give them all a good wash. If you desire, iron them as well as ironing can help sterilize burp cloths, etc. Your baby will be going through the laundry from spitting up and messy diapers, so get ahead of the game now to prepare for busy laundry days ahead.
Dust, scrub, clean.
The first month after delivery is a major time of adjustments and fatigue. For the first time in your life, you will be sleep deprived and finding it difficult to gain back the momentum you are experiencing now. Cut down on future stress by giving your house a thorough cleaning. Dust, vacuum, mop, scrub and clean anything that needs to be cleaned. Don't forget monthly cleaning jobs as it may be a full month before you are able to stick to some sort of routine cleaning schedule.
Organize, list, arrange.
If you are blessed to have close friends and family to help out with chores the first few weeks after delivery, make sure that your home is well-organized and items are easy-to-find. Organize your pantry, dish cabinet and closets. It would probably help to have a master list of where items belong in the house for people that want to help out with the housework later on.
Cook, bake, freeze.
Between feeding, changing, rocking and recovering there will be little energy left for cooking up a seven course meal. Why not cook up some of your family's faves now and freeze them for later? As you freeze them, label them clearly with easy baking instructions that even your hubby can follow! Feeling extra adventurous? Make some delicious desserts like pies and cakes that sometimes taste better after they've been frozen. Your hubby will be sure to thank you for the delicious meals so he doesn't have to eat over-priced fast food every night!
Plates, cups, forks.
Purchase disposable cups, napkins, plates and utensils for the first few weeks of your recovery. This small tip has been a life-saver for many moms-to-be. Though you may not want to use paper products on a regular basis, feel free to stock up before your baby is born. No one will stress out about a dish full of dirty dishes while you are rocking and feeding your new bundle of joy. No one will be shouting "Where are all the clean cups?"
Pack your bags!
Labor can happen anytime, but most likely between 38-42 weeks of pregnancy. However, take the time now to have a labor bag packed and ready to go... just in case. Also, go ahead and pack your baby's bag as well. Place both packed bags in an easy-to-grab location so in case of an emergency no one has to scramble all over the house to find it.
Check your plan.
It's always best to enter the hospital with a written birth plan. Write out your desires for things like pain relief, circumcision for the baby, forceps, caesareans, immunizations, banking cord blood, baby rooming in, visitors and anything else that is important to you during labor, delivery and recovery. Be sure to double check your plans with your obstetrician as well as the nursing staff upon arrival at the hospital. Many hospitals are more than happy to make your experience as pleasant as possible.
Enjoy your burst of energy and utilize it to get important tasks done! Your life is about to change in a big and wonderful way, so prepare today!Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.
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