From Pregnancy Weekly:
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.
I’ve been nesting for a few months but lately it’s in high gear! Here are some things I’ve done as my way of feeling somewhat prepared for bringing a new baby home.
- Emptied old spices, filled containers with new spices and washed down all the spice jars.
- Cleaned out the attic and finished with a big trip to the Salvation Army.
- Made my hubby vaccum under our beds. It turned into him rearranging our bedroom which is really fun for the change!
- Cleaned all celing fans and bathroom light fixtures (so much dust and cobwebs, gross!)
- Scrubbed out the oven and ended by running the self cleaner.
- Emptied every drawer in our kitchen, wiped out the drawer and organized the belongings.
- Cleaned out the fridge and freezer.
- All bathroom cabinets, emptied, wiped and organized
- Stocked up on all paper products.
- Purchased and wrapped all Christmas Gifts before November 1st.
- Tossed any expired medicine.
- Vaccumed and wiped out my car.