I'm antsy. And have been for a few days now. My nesting instinct kicked in full force the other day, and even though I'm tired most of the time and could and do fall asleep at the drop of a hat, I've been washing and folding and putting away all of baby's clothes, blankets, diapers and diaper covers and generally getting the house ready for our new arrival.
Making room for the new family member, required a lot of clever space finagling. Since our apartment is only two bedrooms and S's room is too tiny for much more than his bed and toys (his dresser lives in his closet if that tells you anything), T and I have made a baby "area" in our room, which consists of a mini-crib--since the normal size wouldn't comfortably fit in our room--with a mobile and some wall hangings for baby to look at.
In order to fit the mini-crib into our room, we had to move T's dresser into our closet, which meant cleaning out said closet and reorganizing all of our clothes and shoes. There was no room for baby's dresser in our room, so we had to move it into the living room. This move also entailed a furniture shift, requiring us to relocate S's craft shelves that were next to the couch into his room, which meant moving his bed to the other side of his room. But, I'm happy to say, it's all done now...thanks to my wonderful husband, who did it all in two days and managed to refinish a beautiful old dresser we found on the street side waiting for the garbage truck. This became my dresser because I gave up my cherished cherry wood dresser for the baby. It's a child's dresser after all.
The baby's dresser is a special piece of furniture, handmade by my great-grandfather and given to my mother when she was a girl. You can even still see my mom's little girl handwriting in the bottom of the top drawer where she wrote her name in green crayon.
This was my dresser for many years, most of my childhood and all of my adulthood, and I'm so happy to give it to this baby who will hopefully keep it in the family for a few more generations.
There's still quite a few things to do before the baby arrives: sew a mini-crib skirt; finish up some last-minute embroidery to go on the wall above baby's bed; sew a nursing pillow cover or make a nursing pillow from scratch; whip up a few batches of diaper rash ointment; buy a nursing gown for the hospital; pack the hospital bag; purchase a breast pump (my old one has disappeared from the face of the earth); purchase a Christmas tree; purchase another vehicle and finally obtain a New Jersey driver's license; make a couple of test drives to the hospital where I'll be delivering...and I'm sure a few other things I'm not thinking of at the moment.
In the meantime, I'm tackling as much as I can on my days off and enjoying all the daydreaming that goes along with this sweet nesting phase.