The closer I get to Taylor Miriam’s due date, the more I feel the need to buy new sheets and stock up on toothpaste, soap and other household items. For some reason, I feel I need new bedding, new towels and new rugs for my home. I heard about this instinct to prepare for the birth of one’s young less than a month ago. Nesting is a primal instinct that not only human mothers have, but our furry, scaly, and feathered friends do as well.
To give you an update on my pregnancy: I am currently in my 37th week. At my last doctor’s appointment, I was close to two centimeters dilated, and my cervix was 50 percent thinned out. Taylor is definitely dropping and in a head-down position. Hearing this status really lit a roasting fire under this mother hen’s tail; my nesting instincts heightened. Sunday morning I woke up around 6 and began cleaning my bedding, bathroom and kitchen. I pecked away at clutter and grime and laid clean linens. I headed out to the store to stock up on pantry items and household goods. You would have thought I was preparing for Armageddon and not the arrival of a baby.
Being three weeks away from Taylor’s due date, I continue to feel that we are not ready. This morning that feeling was plucking away at me, so I went to the store to purchase décor for our guest room. I filled Taylor’s diaper stacker with newborn diapers and finally hung the ultrasound pictures that had been lying around in their frames. I added more clothing to our hospital bag and made a trip to the local university that I had been putting off. I had a very exhausting day, but it was all necessary to feel closer to an unattainable feeling of readiness.
At the end of this journey, I do not think any parent is 100 percent prepared for everything that parenthood entails. The best we can do is build our nests to the best of our abilities and accept the fact that we can in no way control what happens during labor and delivery, or beyond.
Has anyone else experienced this nesting instinct? What exactly did you do to prepare for your little one’s arrival? Do you still feel as though you are not ready? Please share your experiences.