What are some 'nesting' type things you did when pregnant?

@astromama (1226)
United States
April 2, 2007 5:02pm CST
I don't know if I'm unusual or not, but I'm nearly 38 weeks and haven't really felt very 'nesty'. I don't have much energy to clean, and my to-do list is a mile long! Maybe my instincts will kick in in the next week or so.. meanwhile, I thought maybe hearing some other mother's tales of nesting might motivate me! What did you do to prepare your nest when you were expecting?
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• United States
3 Apr 07
I have three children, and with my first one I got really concerned that I wasn't exhibiting any nesting behavior. Of course, it was one of those paranoid first-time-mom things to worry about; I started thinking that I wasn't going to have any maternal instincts at all, that I would fail, etc. Then at about 39 weeks or so, I got the overpowering urge to rearrange the nursery. At 2am. There I was, bigger than a water buffalo, and I was hauling around a big heavy crib/dresser/toddler bed combo and all the other crap I had in that room. I got it all done - it was like I was driven by some weird force to do it and couldn't stop until I finished it. The joke was on me, though, because we didn't even PUT the baby in that room until she was about six months old and she outgrew her bassinette!
@astromama (1226)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Funny! well, at least you didn't have to try to rearrange it with a tiny baby in the house, I guess. That's the kind of thing I'm talking about... that 'spurt of energy'... and everyone keeps asking if I'm 'nesting', and I'm not sure I know what to say, because more than anything I just feel heavy, bloated, and ready to have a baby! Clean the fridge? Yeeaaah... right! Fun..
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
2 Apr 07
HaHa!! I remember being so dog-tired at the end of the day that I didn't feel very 'nesty' either! I worked at the hospital during all my pregnancies. However, I do remember that strangely, right before each birth, I did get this spurt of energy! The most vivid was with the birth of my third child. I was going to clean that linen closet out or die!!! Took everything out, refolded and rearranged all the items. Washed down the shelves. Strange.....
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Yes, I've heard about this elusive 'spurt of energy'... wonder where mine is hiding?
• United States
9 Apr 07
I really never nested. I kept waiting for that burst of energy before you go into labor but it never happened. I was 3 weeks late and I really enjoyed laying in bed watching television. I had verry little energy by the end. So don't worry if you never nest, I sure didn't.
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@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
I haven't got the chance to design a nursery or even a crib for our son before I gave birth. All I did was pack up our bags for the hospital around my 35th week and make a list for my husband to do during our hospital stay.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
5 Apr 07
I wasn't any different to you, i didn't nest! My Mum was expecting me to come in to the nesting stage but it never happened so she ended up being the one that came to do my hosuework - not because i wouldn't but because she's a clean freak & there's a big difference between my clean & her clean!!! I never had the energy either so i never did what most pregnant women do but it's normal, some women just dont get nesty! Good luck with the pregnancy!
• Canada
3 Apr 07
I washed dishes and did laundry a lot. I even washed baby clothes just so I could fold them and put them away, heh. I also did a lot of baking.
@astromama (1226)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Maybe I'm expecting to feel something different and instinctual... I did wash all the baby clothes and put them away yesterday, and I set up the baby swing and cleaned the kitchen... I hear women talk of this primal urge to scrub their baseboards and re-arrange cabinets, and I just don't know if I'll feel that way!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I didn't nest until the day before my son was born. I didn't do laundry pretty much the entire time I was pregnant (my doctor advised it against it because of my back). The day that I went to the hospital, I did four loads of laundry! I even put them all away, too. My husband got up (he was working nights) and was so surprised. Once he got up, I started bossing him around, too. I made him help me rearrange our bedroom and I cleaned the bathroom. Then we went and ate and I knew I was having the baby soon! LOL We ate around 5 and then went home and my husband took a nap while I timed contractions. We ended up at the hospital at around 10 that night.