Saturday, February 03, 2007

Nesting

It is a wonderful thing, the urge that women get in those last few weeks to prepare for the baby. Just when I was sure it was not going to come this time, that I was too tired and big to do anything, I was suddenly struck with the urgent need to get things clean and ready and RIGHT THIS SECOND!

So, this post serves as my official (and only) break from a flurry of preparation activity. So far just this morning, the girls' furniture got rearranged, clothing drawers were re appropriated, newborn baby clothes were located and stowed, and tiny diapers and wipes were put in their place. Next, the infant car carrier will be taken down and cleaned, and the hospital bag will be packed. I don't have this much energy when I'm NOT pregnant, so I know this is the real deal.

The family is taking all of this well, though I think the kids are a little wary of this determined person who is unexpectedly up, running and barking orders. Jay, by experience, knows it is pointless to get in the way of this unstoppable train and has graciously made himself available for lifting and carrying, and, even as I write, is at the hardware store getting a few things for projects that simply could not wait another minute in my opinion. Example: the girls have been without an overhead light in their room for nearly a year now and for some inexplicable reason I cannot allow tomorrow to dawn without one being in place. Enough of unfinished projects! Enough of unfiled clutter! Enough, I say!

This preparation is not just limited to the physical, but also the financial. I simply must have Jay's outstanding expense reports completed, all bills paid in advance, and as much of our taxes done as possible. Why? I don't know, I just do. I need to have everything in order, and yesterday. How about the kids' valentines? Birthday gifts for next month's birthdays? Look out, because they are getting done now!

If I could bottle this hormone, whatever it is, and save it for non-pregnant times, I would be on top of the world. An eighth of this energy and determination would keep my house humming all year long.

Why isn't someone researching this?

8 comments:

Micki said...

Just came across your blog and wanted to tell you that I just love your name. Can't wait to read more.

Suzanne Di Silvestri said...

Thank you!

Michelle said...

Yeah, if you ever get that nesting instinct in a bottle, let me know. Just think how clean and organized my house would be if I took a "nesting energy" pill once a month!

Jen Savard said...

How about you come nest at my house!

nutmeg said...

It's funny, b/c this is the longest I've gone without being pregnant since we got married, and I was just thinking how much I really need some "nesting instinct" right now!!

Annie Bizzi said...

You know something funny...I don't remember ever getting the nesting instinct (although Vito says I had it). Maybe that's the secret-your body erases the memory of extraordinary energy and saves it for pregnancy when you REALLY need it. Hmmm...

Tina said...

I could use a bottle of that right now. I've been sick for almost 3 weeks now. My house is a disaster and it is driving me nuts. Can you believe I actally sat in bed ALL day on Saturday and did nothing but read that wonderful trashy novel that you left behind. Needless to say, the kitchen was a sight to behold on Sunday. You know I had to be sick to sit in bed all day long. So a fedex of a bottle of the stuff would be much appreciated. And it is time to figure out when our next visit to your house will be so that I have something to help me get through tax season. Lots of love.

Qtpies7 said...

Oh, I love the nesting stages! I got mine somewhat early, and that was good, because at the end I was a lump of no-good-whiney goo. Someone really ought to research and bottle the nesting instinct! I bet since its maninly men in that field, and they are scared of the nesting instinct, that is why its not being done......