Since my husband wasn't around to cook for me, I threw together a salad of mixed greens, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, liver, and sauerkraut topped with homemade sriracha-honey dressing

{WIAW #4} Fuel Your Nesting (or Deep-Cleaning)

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!

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  • 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…

clean all the things

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…

  1. 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).
  2. 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. photo (4)
  3. I vacuumed every corner and all the baseboards of every room I swept

    One of the rooms I tackled
    So nice to have a clean, dust-free bedroom. If only we’d have time before Baby comes to repaint and decorate it like we’d planned… oh well!

As I 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

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    Started out my morning with soaked eggy oats with butter, strawberries, and a touch of brown sugar mixed in… all accompanied by my 1/3-caf coffee
  • 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 :)

    Hodgepodge 'veggie bowl' of leftover steamed beets and green beans, salmon, sauteed onions and beet greens, bacon, and avocado
    Lunch: A hodgepodge ‘veggie bowl’ of leftover steamed beets and green beans, salmon, sauteed onions & beet greens, bacon, and avocado (plus a little homemade mayo to bring it all together)

4. Have easy-to-grab food and quick-fix meals on-hand

Blueberry-infused kombucha... legit!
Blueberry-infused kombucha… legit!

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.

Snack #2: Costco samples - pretzel/cracker/chip thingies & an unphotographed quesadilla wedge
Snack #2: Costco samples – pretzel/cracker/chip thingies & an unphotographed quesadilla wedge

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.

Since my husband wasn't around to cook for me, I threw together a salad of mixed greens, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, liver, and sauerkraut topped with homemade sriracha-honey dressing
Dinner: Since my husband wasn’t around to cook for me, I threw together a salad of mixed greens, a few goodies from our CSA (cucumber, carrots, broccoli, & tomatoes), avocado, liver, and sauerkraut topped with homemade sriracha-honey dressing.
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Toasted soaked biscuit with butter and blackberry jam


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.

Night snack: the usual
Night snack: the usual


In case you missed it –> Monday’s post features my first-ever GIVEAWAY! Hop over there to enter before it’s too late :)

If you’ve been pregnant before, which signs indicated you were nesting? 
How do you stay energized and motivated on deep-cleaning days?
Sauerkraut – yay or nay?

18 thoughts on “{WIAW #4} Fuel Your Nesting (or Deep-Cleaning)”

  1. I am smiling ear to ear as I remember you commenting on a nesting post I put up a couple months ago…you were worried it wouldn’t happen to you…well missy it has happened :) It looks like you had a lot of fun!

    I’ve been wanting to nest more :( but with moving it is a bit tricky, I can’t really, I have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned but other than that my nesting is just packing :( nothing fun really, I wish I could just have the sellers of our new house let me come in and start nesting now at our new place ha ha. Oh and I love sauerkraut!

    1. Good, I was afraid I’d get some nasty looks over putting liver and sauerkraut on my salad ;) Yeah, moving would definitely put a damper on that whole nesting thing. At least the people who move into your house will appreciate it.

    1. Haha, not a dumb question, just a hilarious side effect of pregnancy. Basically, it’s this strong and overwhelming urge to get things ready for the baby. This can come in the form of decorating the nursery, deep-cleaning every nook and cranny of the house, prepping a bunch of food, and more. Aside from watching the baby move from outside my bump, it’s probably my favorite ‘symptom’ of pregnancy :)

  2. The pregnancy exhaustion is unbelievable! I used to run around all day long. But now I have to pace myself, make sure I rest and get in the right foods .

  3. Ahhh the nesting days. I remember those. When my son was two weeks late the deep cleaning got really deep. Like hands and knees with a toothbrush scrubbing the tile grout! Let’s hope you don’t get to that point :-)

    1. Wow, I can only imagine! My tile grout could probably use it, but I’m with you, I hope it doesn’t go that far :)

  4. I’m not sure I ever nested!!!
    And, I think that when I get that mega cleaning urge I usually just run until it goes away:)

  5. I don’t know that I recall nesting. We actually moved into our house in the last 10 days of my pregnancy so I think I may have confused the typical packing and moving and organizing with nesting since it had to be accomplished anyway lol.

  6. Oh my gosh! I am so with you on the cleaning thing. I hate to clean like it’s the plague. Don’t get me wrong, I go slightly crazy if my house is messy or dirty but I don’t like actually being the one to clean everything. I kind of can’t understand people who enjoy it!

    My husband’s nightstand is an atrocious mess. I blame it on the complete lack of space we have (like I seriously tell people we can’t fit a trinket or a coaster or anything else in our apartment yet they still gift us these things anyway, hence the massive clutter). I would love to just throw everything on it out!

  7. Just a general comment to say I love your posts! They are always motivating and easy to read and laid out in such a way that it is easy to replicate your sound and wise advice. Been through HA and after a long and ongoing journey, I’m coming out the other end but still waiting to get pregnant ……your blog always gives me a pep in my step on the bad days and I know that it will happen….someday…I hope!!

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