Scientists have not unfurl all the mysteries that come with being pregnant. We don’t know why pregnant women have morning sickness during the initial months of pregnancy yet many suffer from this symptom. The same goes for nesting, restlessness and even insomnia. In websites such as babycenter and whattoexpect, doctors suggests that women get their nesting instincts as a preparation mechanism for the newborn baby.
What ever the reason behind it, I truly believe in nesting and it can be quite a challenge if anyone tries to stand in away of a women’s urge to organize.
Last time when I was pregnant, I started my nesting at around 5 months. I bought everything and anything I thought my newborn would need, clothe, diapers, bathtub, bottles, packing play, travelling system, you name it, way before the baby was due. I could not wait until the appropriate time to start packing the hospital bag. The days and months could not have passed any slower and I just had to prepare the bag at 32 weeks. I think I reorganized the bag a millions times just to make sure I had everything I needed for the baby’s arrival.
Last pregnancy, I had the urge to collect items but this time around I have the need to get rid of things. To declutter my life by getting rid of old and useless items. My husband has gone crazy with my craziness of selling furniture on craigslist. On Sunday morning I was able to sell my sofa and if my husband was not home I would have sold my desk, a round side table and given away an old carpet that will not be used. He even said that I would put him next to be sold on craigslist. Even though that is not a bad idea, I think I will stick to selling house items for now. Who knows, I might become good at it and open my own business. To proof this unexplained nesting instinct, I will demonstrate my absurdity need of getting rid of things with a picture.
Believe it or not, I love to see my living room this empty, it gives me a sense of peace and serenity. Although, eventually I have to fill it up with furniture, referencing to this room gives me a sense of clarity and tranquility.
What is strange is that I have not organized my hospital bag, nor do I have a stroller since I sold my daughter’s stroller in order to have room for a double instead. I have not installed the car seat nor do I even have a space for her to sleep in our room.
All of this has not been bothering me, I just hope and pray that I get one more week to prepare. I also think that the difference between my first and last pregnancy is not strange. As for first time around, I had the urge to collect all tools necessary to prepare for the unexpected. I was not sure what labor was and how it felt, even after having research it online and in books, nothing prepares you for it. This time, gone through the pain and tribulations, I have a need to unload and not carry unnecessary cargo on my shoulder.
Even though, most pregnant women go through the nesting period of their pregnancy, whether the reason is to prepare for the newborn or your body telling you that labor is approaching. The outcome of this instinct can be different from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. No matter the tasks, it goes to show how strong women are. I was at awe the other day, when even through sickness I was able to hang some shelving into the wall. I attempted to move the other couch that we have in the bedroom to the living room but that requires some un-pregnant power.
I would love you to share some of your nesting stories and fill in the dots. you know you’ve started nesting when….