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Nesting Is Real!

by Annie Por | 1 year ago

I never really understood what nesting meant until I started to maniacally organize my house during this whole pregnancy business. To be honest, I didn’t know much about pregnancy until now. I used to think that I knew what my friends went through during their pregnancies, but turns out, I knew nothing (like Jon Snow lol). My ability to really empathize with my mommy friends changed throughout the course of these past nine months. It’s been such an eye-opening experience and I have so much more respect for women. I think we are all amazing creatures.

Going back to nesting. Nesting is REAL. It is A THING! According to the first Google Search definition I found for nesting, it is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby by cleaning and organizing during pregnancy! And BOY, was I overcome with that DESIRE!

My first foray into nesting started off in my living room and kitchen. I had all these cabinets and drawers just filled with JUNK. I started going through each one and separating them into “keep” and “toss” piles. Then I bought a ton of photo boxes from Michael’s and organized them by categories—photos, tools, ribbons, arts and crafts, adhesives (tapes, glues of all kinds, string), so on and so forth. I then organized all the stuff in my “keep” pile into the photo boxes and put them back in the cabinet. It felt AMAZING to know where every single thing was and know that if I ever needed anything, I could just open my cabinet and find the right label and voila!

The next thing that I needed to do was make room for all the incoming baby stuff I was receiving from friends and family. And boy, is there a lot of STUFF! First was the kitchen! I didn’t want Parker’s stuff (my baby boy) to be mixed in with all the adult junk so I cleared out specific sections in the kitchen just to accommodate the bottles, spoons, sippy cups, pacifiers, etc. so if I ever needed anything, it would be easy to find. Just washing all the bottle parts from all the different bottle brands made me dizzy with fear that I would have to be solving some type of bottle jigsaw puzzle since each bottle came with SO MANY DIFFERENT PARTS. Word of advice, organize the washed bottles by brands so you don’t have to worry about this!

After I was done with organizing our shared downstairs space, I went to work on creating the ultimate oasis for my baby Parker—his nursery. I’m no interior decorator or don’t have an eye for this sort of thing, but luckily I had my amazing and talented friend Tiffany guide me through the process (she’s an expert!). I was also able to pull a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram (thank goodness for these two platforms).

After working with Tiffany on various versions of an inspiration board for the room, I started combing the internet for online deals for all the things I needed to fill the room with (I hate paying full price, total Maxxinista over here!). Slowly but surely, I started filling the room—first all the bigger (and necessary) items like the crib, changing table, and glider chair (all from Babyletto!). Then came all the fun decorative (and unnecessary, totally extra) items I found on Etsy, HomeGoods, Amazon, and various children’s websites like a laser engraved wooden name sign, wall decorations, art prints, stuffed animals, play tent, the most amazing tree bookshelf from Nursery Works, and more.

Honestly, the room came together so beautifully that it made me even more excited to be able to share it with my little guy. I wanted to create a space where he would be excited to play in and spend time reading, learning, and growing. I even made a little reading nook for him and asked all of our friends to gift us books in lieu of a baby shower card so he could have his own little library.

The last details and finishing touches for the room included me washing all his new clothes from his amazing uncles and aunties (our most generous friends and family), organizing all the diapers, wipes, cleaners, sprays, ointments, lotions, and everyday things so they would be easy to find when needed. I think my nesting is complete (for now) since I’m in no condition to lift or do any more manual labor, but my hope is that even after Parker comes, I’ll still have the energy to continue to stay organized amongst the organized chaos that my husband and I are about to experience when this little guy decides to greet us. I’m 37 weeks and 2 days today, so it should be soon!

Since I’m going to be a new mom, I would love to hear any tips or tricks you can share with me! Also happy to answer any questions regarding all the ways I organized Parker’s things or how I decorated his room! Please be sure to leave any questions and comments below! Would love to hear your thoughts!

On another note, in case you haven’t started nesting or figured out what to include in your baby registry just yet, check out this Facebook Live video I did with Jessica Alba recently! She was kind enough to walk me through Babies R Us a few weeks back to help me figure out what I needed for the arrival of our sweet boy. She also gifted me an incredibly amazing gift basket of Honest Company diapers, wipes, creams, lotions and more that I’m so excited to try out! Happy nesting and shopping!!