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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I tend to be a bit of a complainer and a pessimist at times where my husband is more of an optimist with one of his motto's being "Everything will work out."
At this stage of my pregnancy I am particularly uncomfortable in the evenings and at night. With lots of grunts, groans and sighs I was not surprised one evening recently when
my husband asked me what I liked about being pregnant. I thought about my answer for just a minute or so and I said that I enjoyed feeling the baby move around, except when she is poking or kicking my vital organs and ribcage (again I had to add a little pessimism -yuck). However, I forgot to mention another added bonus to pregnancy.

The following is a pretty good description of what I am currently experiencing:

(Excerpt is from parentingweekly.com subtitle PregnancyWeekly)

"Nesting Instinct"

"Around the fifth month of pregnancy, the "nesting" instinct can set in. This is an uncontrollable urge to clean one's house brought on by a desire to prepare a nest for the new baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects and to organize your world. Females of the animal kingdom are all equipped with this same need. It is a primal instinct. Just as you see birds making their nests, mothers-to-be do exactly the same thing. The act of nesting puts you in control and gives a sense of accomplishment toward birth."

Although I am almost into my 7th month of pregnancy, this "nesting instinct" is really great! I have actually always enjoyed cleaning (except for doing dishes and the bathroom is not my favorite either) but I am not so much into actual organizing. So for the past few weeks I have not only felt the desire to clean and I have mostly had the energy to do so, but I have begun to organize areas in my home that are in dire need of order.

I experienced this feeling when I was pregnant with Elizabeth, but not as much as I am with this baby. In fact, just about everything is "more" with this pregnancy: more nausea, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, soreness, and rashes to name a few.

I am also getting pretty excited about meeting this new baby, welcoming her into the world and into our little family. I am looking forward to the feelings of love for the baby that I know come from Heavenly Father. With Elizabeth I felt them most strongly at our 4 am feedings. I really don't care what time they come with this new baby. I will cherish them regardless of the hour!