With the birth of my son on the very near horizon, I have found that “nesting” has kicked in – in more ways than one! I have been experiencing some strange sensations that I wouldn’t call labor, but perhaps an omen. This has made me rather paranoid about things around the house. (Who gets up to start laundry at 6:00 a.m.?) But the really awesome thing about this whole nesting thing is that I can project it onto other people.
This morning, I had Bean clean her room before she left for school in case I go into labor while she is at school. She looked at me like I was nuts, but I told her that I didn’t want her to trip over the clutter in her room if she has to get clothes together in a hurry to stay at Gram’s house. She still looked at me like I was nuts but just shrugged her shoulders and said, “ooookaaayyy.” Score one for the Mom team, her room is clean and her bed is made! Too bad I can’t play that card every morning!
It even works on my husband. And I wasn’t even trying! I just happened to mention that during his time off with me and the baby, it would be a great time to catch up on all of those “projects” that he just hasn’t had time for. (I never ever refer to it as the “honey-do list”!) So we spent some time yesterday at the local home improvement mecca. Yay for me! He is finally going to replace that leaky faucet in Bean’s bathroom that is wasting both water and money. Plus, he has wanted to keep up with the Jones’s and treat the lawn so that our yard is not the brownest one on the block. Well, I was able to talk him into buying an organic lawn food instead of that well-known chemical concoction that I don’t want to walk around barefoot on! If I must say so myself I am getting really good at the power of suggestion. You know, when your man thinks that the idea is his own?
So let the greening… and the cleaning…. continue! And while everybody else is working on that – I think I’ll take a nap!
Written By: Heather Latham Cottrell