Wednesday, October 07, 2009

an excerpt from pregnancy weekly
just so i know that i'm not crazy...

Nesting Instinct

"Around the fifth month of pregnancy, the "nesting" instinct can set in. This is an uncontrollable urge to clean one's house brought on by a desire to prepare a nest for the new baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects and to organize your world.
"Females of the animal kingdom are all equipped with this same need. It is a primal instinct. Just as you see birds making their nests, mothers-to-be do exactly the same thing. The act of nesting puts you in control and gives a sense of accomplishment toward birth. You may become a homebody and want to retreat into the comfort of home and familiar company, like a brooding hen. 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."

hmmm...this all sounds very familiar...i don't really remember feeling it this strongly the first time around, but this time, yes! i think it has to do with feeling a need to make our very comfortable-for-two-adults-and-one-baby apartment habitable by the aforementioned two adults and one baby PLUS one more baby! anyway, i've been on a mean cleaning streak and had to laugh about the feeling of wanting to throw everything away! i want to take every single solitary item out of my house and start from scratch. i'd even throw the house away and start from scratch if i could. is that normal? anyway, i've got some projects underway, some include "irrational behaviors" such as scrubbing items with a toothbrush and some include more fun things like buying new furniture pieces - for organizational purposes, of course - from craigslist.

this process = new addiction.
send any suggestions you have my way!
and wish me luck!



Ambrosia said...

You are not alone! I think you and I are pretty close due date wise and this past week (at 21 wks), my nesting instinct has set in hardcore. All the mopping, dusting, baseboard cleaning, moving of plants in the front yard and fall decorating made me feel very satisfied. I am hoping it will help me pick a paint color for my front room. I am hoping this irresistible urge will stay on strong for the next several weeks. It's too bad I can't rearrange my bedroom without help or I would have done that. I think it is likely that I will take up painting this pregnancy too.

Yesterday I asked Sam to go out to the shed and get me the darkest stain we have. He asked why. I told him I was nesting and it was better if he didn't ask questions ;)

Emily Faggard said...

I agree, I had my husband make a huge Goodwill run to unclutter my house. Although, now I wish I had a few of the things I let go....