What’s the saying? ‘Sometimes the best-laid plans fail’? Well, friends, that’s what happened to me concerning my entire yesterday, in general, and, specifically, this post. I’d planned to kick-off my newest series–> Busting Pregnancy Exercise Myths <– today, but …my hormones had a different idea.
That hallmark of late-pregnancy, NESTING, kicked in and violently shoved blogging to the back of my mind (and agenda).
It all started innocently enough with a text Monday night from a friend. A mother of four girls, she informed me that all of her baby clothing from the (always-fashionable) youngest would be up for grabs this weekend at their garage sale. Would I be interested in getting first dibs by coming over Tuesday morning to take a look? Heck yes! I’m so happy I did, because I bought all of this for $20!
- 7 Outfits
- 2 Sleeping Gowns
- 3 Pairs of Pants
- 4 Handmade Bibs
- 2 Knit Hats
- 6 Onesies
- 1 Winter Carseat Cover/Blanket
- The most adorable Bumble-Bee Halloween Costume
After bringing Baby Girl’s ‘new’ swag home and laying every item out to snap a pic for Nathan, an unexplainable urge struck me like lightning. I felt exactly like this woman…
A strange sensation for me, considering cleaning’s not exactly my favorite past-time. Sure, I clean our house fairly regularly (thanks, in large part, to our hosting a small group each week), and it looks tidy when company visits, but that, by no stretch of the imagination, means I look forward to it or follow one of the million cleaning schedules I’ve pinned. Who’s with me? ;)
So it was pretty obvious to me that, with just 6 weeks to go before Baby Girl arrives, this was true ‘nesting’ and not simply a strong desire for a tidy house. Plus, the following tipped me off…
- I started at the back of the house, in the room closest to the nursery (‘they’ say nesting’s all about creating a welcoming space for baby). My typical cleaning-spree starts in the rooms closest to the front door, where we do the bulk of our living (kitchen, family room, bathroom).
- I conquered my husband’s ridiculously-cluttered nightstand. Receipts, pens, work papers, business cards, and more lay strewn on his table for months. Occasionally, I’d remove them to dust but, not knowing what he needed, I didn’t dare attempt to organize it. For now, those things are awaiting his return home, just tucked away so I don’t have to see the clutter.
- I vacuumed every corner and all the baseboards of every room I swept
meandered moved energetically from room to room dusting, sweeping, throwing things away, vacuuming, and more, I realized a few factors, particularly in the nutrition department, enabled me to stay motivated and keep going, despite my third-trimester tendency toward fatigue. And you don’t have to be nesting to capitalize on these. Same goes for the days you deep-clean, spring-clean, or just find yourself bit with the cleaning bug. Lucky you!
Oh yeah, and I’m linking up with Jenn for WIAW, sharing exactly how I fueled my first nesting day.
5 Tactics to Fuel Your Nesting
1. Start the day rested. Monday night, I racked up a full 8 hours of, for being 34-weeks pregnant, pretty restful sleep. I consider sleep one of the nourishing ‘primary foods‘ I learned about in my studies to become a health coach. Thinking out-load for a moment: I really should write a separate post on primary food.
2. Do at least one thing to energize yourself that morning.
- Work out or take a brisk walk outside
- Eat a hearty breakfast
- Sip on a little caffeine
- Pray for focus, motivation, and endurance to conquer the cleaning tasks ahead
3. Jam as many nutrients into your meals as possible to provide staying power & energy
- With my hearty, nutrient-packed breakfast, I didn’t have to stop mid-morning to refuel.
- Having a balanced meal with fats, carbohydrate, and protein enables us to stay full longer than any of those eaten in isolation. Think eating an apple vs. eating an apple with peanut butter… besides, nut butter makes everything better
4. Have easy-to-grab food and quick-fix meals on-hand
5. If you have one, arrange for you significant other to be out-of-town or busy that night. I say this cheekily (and because Nathan happened to be gone yesterday), but honestly, keep anything that will stop your cleaning flow, like making dinner (or an impromptu run to Costco, oops!), to a minimum.
If you’re anything like me, getting started a second time’s much more challenging. Husbands, however, come in quite handy for making said dinner, especially (I’d imagine) if you have kids. So if he’s home, put your guy on meal duty next time you find yourself in a cleaning rhythm.
So there you have it… I’m officially NESTING. Literally, I’ve been waiting for this day since pregnancy started, so pray for me that the motivation and enthusiasm stick around.
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