Nesting- Not Just for the Birds
Birds aren’t the only ones who prepare their homes for their soon-to-be little ones. Mums do it too! Lucky for us we don’t have to worry about our babies falling out of trees! I know when I was nesting before Addison came along I re-organized the pantry at least 3 times and the linen closet had to be perfect!
There are so many things that need to get done before bub comes into this world. Whether it’s your first or not, a lot of preparation goes into making sure you will have everything you need before your new baby arrives. Now most likely a stork will not be bringing your baby to your front door, and you are probably feeling the affects of pregnancy and don’t have the brain or strength you normally do. So here are some helpful hints you can do while nesting that will make the first days and weeks of your baby’s life much smoother and easier to handle.
-Refresh the Fridge- You will want to get rid of the old and put in new and fresh items that will be easy to put together during those first weeks. If bub doesn’t come that week, restock again for freshness. You don’t want to have to go to the grocery store a million times while juggling a new little one.
-Stock the Pantry- You can never plan too far ahead in this area. Choose items that will be easy to make, from soups and canned foods, to nutritional nuts and dried fruit. Being able to cook something up real quick or have hubby easily see what’s available will help quite a bit!
-Cook while you can, and in large quantity- Since you are already nesting, you might as well cook up a storm while you can. When cooking your meals the weeks before bubs comes, do so in larger amounts. Double or even triple the recipe. Then separate out into serving size Tupperware containers (or freezer bags) and freeze. You can do this with anything from pancakes and waffles to your favorite pasta or rice dish. Make sure to label so you don’t accidentally end up with a meatloaf when you were going for your favourite carrot cake. This will cut down on mealtime preparation and allow you to sleep longer with bubs!.
-Be Prepared- Have all your deep-cleaning, projects, laundry, shopping lists for baby and items for you finished before hand so that you won’t be overwhelmed with the day-to-day things that will take away from being able to spend quality time with your new little one.
-Must importantly, have fun! Don’t let any of this stress you out. Your baby is happy when you are happy! Nest in your own way and let it be a part of pregnancy you look back at and smile about.