A few weeks ago, I came across my Big To-Do list from when I was about to give birth to my second child. It was the master list for everything that would take place over the final week or so before I had the baby.
I had to laugh. The list was huge!! It also contained things that I know for a fact never got done, and other things that really weren’t that big of a deal. But if you know me, you know that I’m great at making mountains out of molehills, so I’m sure all of it felt like a big deal at the time.
Included on the list were vacuuming, sorting mail, a trip to the libarary (?!?), gifts to buy, and vehicle registration and inspection. I’m pretty sure someone else could’ve taken care of that one for me after the baby arrived! I also had things that were, unfortunately, never completed, like my thank you cards.
When I’m in nesting mode, I act like I’m moving to China for a month. I leave lists of things that my kids like to eat, or lists of bills paid and their dates. I get a little bit on the obnoxious side. Can anyone relate?
My mom got a kick out of my list too, and suggested saving it, so I’ve put it in Andrew’s keepsake box. This time, my to-do list was far less ambitious. It’s also about finished, other than the 8 remaining thank you cards that need to be written. The main reason it’s almost finished is because my goals were much smaller this time around.
And there were things that I hoped to get done, but I never even bothered putting them on the list, such as freezer cooking. I like to do a little bit of bulk cooking before I have a baby, but with the difficulty of this pregnancy (neverending morning sickness that has finally subsided–yay!), I wasn’t too concerned about stockpiling my freezer. Freezer cooking was one of those things that would be nice to get to, but it’s not as important as my sanity or my rest time.
Fortunately, I have been able to get some freezer cooking done! Two weeks ago, I made homemade spaghetti sauce and meat balls. Yesterday, I did several turkey pot pies. I still have some turkey left, so I’ll find something else to do with that as well, or I’ll just chop up the turkey and put it in freezer bags for future meals.
I’ve also left next week pretty open. Unless the baby decides to come sooner, I’ll go in to have him on Wednesday morning. Monday and Tuesday, I have nothing–nothing–on my calendar. I’d love to go out to lunch, spend some time with a friend, or simply sleep in. All of these things would make me very happy.
So what did go on my to do list this time? Closet organizing, which we tackled a few weeks ago, with the help of my mom and sister. Organizing our desk and home office area. Thank you cards. A couple of sewing projects that needed to get done, mainly because I have no idea when I’ll get around to them again. And cleaning the bathrooms. Primarily, my goal was to get organized before the baby comes. I can only handle so much chaos in my life at one time, and while I love baby chaos, it’s tough to add that on top of life chaos. So I’ve tried to simplify and reorganize some areas of our home. My house is definitely not spotless or anywhere near it right now, but at least it’s organized, which gives me a certain level of serenity.
And then there’s the all important haircut and pedicure that I’m looking foward to getting before the baby comes. I’m sure we’ll go out to eat as a family too, one last time as a family of four.
What goes on your to do-list when you’re nesting?