From Anna on September 8th, 2008 in General Remodel
Nesting has long been known to be a characteristic of expectant mothers. From personal experience, I think this is partially from boredom with the long pregnancy, and partially from nervousness as to how life is going to change once the new child arrives. Nesting is kind of funny if you stop to think about it. Sure, it seems perfectly normal when you see animals in nature doing it; but it’s surprising to recognize the same tendencies in ourselves.
So when you get the urge to take on your domain, how can you be sure your ideas are not just inspired by restlessness or nesting? Just take your time, research your options and the current styles, and seek input from close friends and family. Don’t killing yourself trying to make everything perfect before the new arrival is due. Here are some tips to help you find a good balance between too much and just right:
- If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of re-doing the whole nursery, try sprucing it up a bit with fresh paint.
- Be sure the house is properly child-proofed. It may seem a ways off, but before you know it, your little one will be cruising around looking for trouble. Child-proofing windows is a good place to start, as well as installing kitchen cabinet catches and plug covers.
- If you’re feeling up to it, try and do a little extra cleaning and organizing. If you don’t have the energy, enlist the help of caring friends and family.
- Stock your freezer and cabinets with easy to prepare meals and quick snacks for both you and your family.
- Don’t create a whole play yard right off the bat; but you might take the time to make sure it is safe, secure, and void of any possible hazards.
As long as you stick to a pre-planned budget and don’t try anything so out of control that you’ll be in living in a construction site while the new baby is trying to get some sleep, you should be okay. Also remember, despite your pre-baby jitters, life will return to a new norm after a while, and nobody expects you to have a perfect home in the meantime!