By Katie Nilsson
Kyle came home from work the other day, and asked what I was doing. I told him, I was just setting up the rest of the stuff in the nursery, doing the little guy’s laundry, and tidying it up. He said, “So I guess that’s what they call nesting?” My questions is, is it? Wikipedia has this definition of “nesting instinct”: In human females, the nesting instinct often occurs around the fifth month of pregnancy, but can occur as late as the eighth, or not at all. It may be strongest just before the onset of labor. It is commonly characterized by a strong urge to clean and organize one’s home and is one reason why couples who are expecting a baby often reorganize, arrange, and clean the house and surroundings.
I call it, getting everything ready, so we don’t have to try to trip over boxes of stuff when the baby finally arrives and we bring him home. I also want to make sure we have clean clothes ready for him to wear, as I’m told he’ll go through several outfits in one day. Am I overly anxious or is this normal behavior for most soon-to-be moms? Is it “nesting” or just being ready? I’m hoping Wikipedia has it right, and it’s something a woman does just before the “onset of labor”. Fingers crossed Baby “Z” will pick his birthday soon!
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This post was written by knilsson on September 14, 2011