Monday, September 20, 2010

My Version of Nesting

So I keep reading on various websites how I'm supposed to get this huge surge of energy and a desire to clean my house from top to bottom, including scrubbing the baseboards--even those behind the couches.  Um...that's not exactly happening. 

Sure, I want the house to be clean before our Baby Girl arrives...but I admit that I don't exactly want to do it myself (and I especially don't want to move the couches or scrub the baseboards).  For the most part, I'd like to think that we keep our home relatively "tidy", but have our baseboards accumulated some dirt, dust, and debris?  Well of course they have (we live in the desert--it's bound to happen).  But like I said--I don't exactly want to do is myself.  For starters, I don't want to be on my hands and knees at 39 weeks pregnant; nor do I want to be inhaling all of the various cleaning chemicals.  

So what did I do?  I convinced my husband to hire a cleaning crew to give our house one last final deep clean before our Baby Girl arrives.  When I came home, the house looked fabulous!  All of those little chores that I didn't want to do were all complete--the stainless steel appliances were polished, the ceiling fans were dusted, the calcium deposits in the showers were gone, and yes--the baseboards were clean (though I doubt they checked the baseboards behind the couch).  I'm so appreciative of my husband for being so generous and understanding, and I'm totally impressed that he even suggested getting the house cleaned once a year (though I can't help but wonder if his willingness to do so may perhaps be reflective of my housekeeping abilities).

Now that our house is thoroughly clean, I feel like we can bring our Baby Girl home.  I'm 39 weeks today, and while I am cherishing every moment with her inside of me, I do hope that she makes her appearance this month.  I can only keep our house clean for so long!

Today's blessing was a really thoughtful gift from the students on the leadership board with which I work.  They figured that our Baby Girl is getting plenty of gifts, and they wanted to get something for me.  So they got me a really sweet scrapbook and all of the fixings that I'll need to get started in capturing memories of our Baby Girl.  I know I'll be busy adjusting to being a mom, but it will also be nice to have a project on which to work...if I ever get any free time.  These students are amazing, and I know that they'll do a good job of leading our first-year students while I'm out.


  1. We are doing the same thing, but Jason is going to try setting it up so that they come while we are in the hospital! That way the dogs will already be with my sister and we won't have to lock them up for the day. I am also hoping that it will make coming home THAT much sweeter!

  2. LOL well either way your house is clean!! I went nutty, climbing on counter tops to get dust out of the corners @ 38 weeks. Hubby was at work or else I never would've gotten away with something so dumb! :)

  3. Awesome! What a great gift and now you can relax for baby girl!! There is no better feeling than a clean house.

  4. that is such a great idea! hmmmm I'll have to look into how much that would cost here! LOL so close Laura - I'm so excited to read the post about the L&D!! :))

  5. I cleaned like crazy at 39 weeks. And then again at 40 weeks. And then again right before W came at 41 weeks. I kept thinking, "this is the last time I'll be able to clean in a while" and then I'd have to do it all again. I am in NO way wishing that on you!
    I am so jealous that you got your house cleaned and I wish I had thought of it!!!!
    Congrats on 39 weeks - I'm so exctied for you!!

  6. Hooray for a clean house! I have only had my house professionally cleaned once (thanks to a small $ gift from my wonderful mother), but it nearly brought me to tears - and I wasn't even pregnant at the time. I'm glad you got to save yourself some elbow grease. As I read this I had a visual of you crouching behind your couch at 39 weeks, wiping off your baseboards. Not so easy to do at this stage in the game, is it? :) Keep resting up!


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