The most common question that I get now that I am in my last few weeks of pregnancy is, “Are you ready?”, to which I always reply, “Is anyone ever ready to have a baby????” Of course with my first child when I was a mere 20 weeks along, the nursery looked like a page start out of Pottery Barn Kids, all of the zillion onesies that we had were gently cleaned with dreft, the infant carrier was carefully installed at the local fire station and my husband and I were the subjects of a cheesy photoshoot that included a field, my bare belly and my husband’s fingers expressing a heart around my belly. I guess that you could say that with the arrival of each child my anal retentiveness about certain things has decreased. The love I have for the kids is always the same but the whole nesting process has been dramatically revamped, especially for my last pregnancy.
Now, my version of nesting is completely different than what it was almost a decade ago. Since it is almost game time, I have begun a new and improved version of nesting. I have been scheduling lunches with all of my local girlfriends, I have booked babysitters for every.single Saturday nite up until the day I give birth so that Astor and I can go to as many movies as possible. I have scheduled appointments for manicures and pedicures and all essential hair removal. I have cleaned out my email inbox, returned phone calls, purchased all of the crafts at AC Moore that my kids can easily and quietly do on their own. I have gone to Trader Joe’s and stocked up on as many healthy, easy meals that my freezer can hold. I am doing a practical version of nesting.
I know for a fact that once the baby is here, the laundry will get done, the casseroles can be made, and the nursery can be perfected, and I also know that unless someone is very, very, very, brave, no one will be offering to babysit my breastfed, colicy baby while I get my eyebrows threaded.
Now who lives in Maryland and wants to meet me at Chiptole on Thursday of next week?
- Mompiphany #46: Never Put Jeans On A Baby (mompiphany.com)