Nesting Goals Before Baby Boy Arrives

I am 5 weeks away from having our baby boy! Woo hoo! Unfortunately though, that doesn’t leave me with a ton of time to finish up my final nesting goals. So I have some work to do!

Several weeks ago I was in full blown nesting mode and I wrote a blog about it. Wow, was that a great feeling at the time! By if I’m being honest, I’m starting to lose steam. I’m getting a lot more tired and bigger all around, both of which make it harder to tackle my nesting goals.

tiny feet
I can’t wait to have another set of super tiny feet in our home again.

It also hasn’t helped that my toddler recently shared her cold with me and I have been fighting it over the last week-and-a-half. We have been working on her sharing skills lately, but this was not what I had in mind!

Nonetheless, I am officially on the clock now. I have at most 5 weeks to go until baby #2 makes his arrival. Our little girl made her surprising arrival 7 weeks early (due to a placental abruption) which reminds me that our son really could show up at any time.

 

In light of all this, I have created a “nesting goals plan of attack” for the next couple of weeks:

#1. The kitchen

I will not be taken over by baby dishware, breast pump parts, and tiny silverware in my kitchen! Therefore, I will be organizing the following:

  • Assign a space in the kitchen for baby items and breast pump cleaning supplies
  • Dedicate 1 cabinet to baby kitchen supplies
    • That way they don’t end up floating all over the kitchen and eventually end up lost.
  • Same for baby food
    • Assign a cupboard to store baby food and formula.
  • Baby dish rack/cleaning area
    • After cleaning I want to let babies bottles air dry in their own special place.
  • Purge old kitchen and pantry stuff
    • Get rid of old food and expired spices, ect..
    • Organize the adult food it the pantry.
  • Purge any old dishware or appliances that we haven’t used in years and are just taking up space.

#2. The baby’s closet and room

I will have a toddler and a newborn sharing a closet so I have divided their space right down the middle: newborn boy on left and toddler girl on right.

  • Organize the baby’s clothes into size and season
    • After baby comes home I know I will be way too tired to sift through onsies to find the right sizes.
  • Hang as much clothing as possible
    • I have found that it is so much easier and more organized to keep my kid’s stuff hanging up in the closet.
  • Things tend to get lost in the bottom of bins and backs of drawers. Hanging clothes on hangers makes them easier to see and keeps them from getting wrinkled.
  • Sort accessories
    • Assign drawers or use tools to organize socks, headbands, hats, mittens, and other tiny accessories in place.

#3. Purge stuff and deep clean

De-clutering is great. It is so much easier to keep an organized house when you dont have a bunch of extra stuff you don’t need or use all over the house. My philosophy is that if it’s not serving a purpose or bringing me joy in some way then it’s got to go. Physical clutter just makes things more stressful because it makes the house messier and harder to keep picked up.

  • Stuff to organize and purge
    • Go through bathrooms, kitchen, toy stations, bedrooms and even garage.
    • Donate old toys that are no longer being used.
    • Donate our daughters clothes that she has grown out of to other friends having little girls.
    • Anything that doesn’t have a purpose and we haven’t used in two years needs to be donated to someone who will use it.
  • Deep clean the kitchen
    • Get rid of old food and expired spices.
    • Organize the pantry.
  • Hire a house cleaner
    • I really want to have the bathrooms cleaned really well, specifically the bathtubs.

#4. Other random stuff

  • Make and freeze foods
    • Prepare and freeze frozen lasagnas and crock pot cooker ingredients.
      • Note: Cooking is not my thing. We will see how successful I really am at this task. My idea of cooking has always been to throw a bunch of things in a bowl and mix it together. That is why I make a lot of salads and smoothies in my nutri bullet. However, I don’t want to have to keep running off to the store with two tiny humans in tow. I’ll give it my best.
  • Big items I still need for the new baby
    • a double stroller

      My most important final nesting goal is to spend as much one-on -one time with this adorable unicorn as possible.
    • a second sound machine
    • a second video camera for viewing baby in crib.

That’s it! Phew, I’m getting tired just looking at all these nesting goals. We will see how much of this I can actually get done in the next five weeks. I need to keep in mind that I still have a two-year-old to care for and I am scheduled to work until 6 days before I give birth. So, it is probably a good idea for me to keep my expectations within a reasonable range.

There is a saying: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll end up among the stars.” (I work better with positive motivation if you can’t tell already by my other posts). In other words, I can just do the best I can and surely I will get a large chuck of this done in time.

Thanks for reading!

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

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Sarah

Sarah Jividen is a registered nurse, blogger, writer, wife, and mother with an aspiration to empower nurses and moms to take better care of themselves. Sarah lives with her husband in a beach suburb outside of Los Angeles where they are raising their two-year-old daughter, newborn son and two rescue kitties. In a rare moment of free time you may find Sarah practicing yoga, socializing with friends, sampling dark beers or attending a local concert venue with her husband.

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