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When Nesting and the Holidays Collide

As if the holidays aren’t busy enough, I’m in that fun third trimester nesting mode. I *might” be that crazy lady madly organizing every closet, bulk cooking in mass quantities to stock the deep freeze, and of course, yes, dusting the top of her refrigerator. I’m sure my local Goodwill drop-off employees roll their eyes when they spot my minivan pulling up to the store.

Last week my husband made a joke (which really wasn’t all that funny) that he has to keep me pregnant if he wants a clean house. Yeah, I probably should have kicked him in the crotch for that “funny.” But seriously, I nest hard.

I think many people think nesting isn’t a real thing, but at my house, during the third trimester, nesting is very real. Organizing and preparing for the baby’s arrival becomes one of my primary focuses.

This year, being due in early January, I’ve found myself nesting though the holidays, something I’ve never done before and is proving to be somewhat of a challenge.

Instead of my typical to-do list, I’m also competing with extra tasks like baking cookies, shopping for gifts, and decorating the house (which yes, I started before Thanksgiving this year).

So how am I coping?

I’ve taken a few tips and cues from Babble’s Ultimate Holiday Cleaning and Prep Guide and downloaded The “Mother of All” Cleaning Checklist (which I’ve taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets and am totally working though, every day checking a few items).

As the weeks pass by, and the holiday stresses starts to crash into my nesting activities, I wonder if I’m trying to do too much. Sure, the exterior of my house really doesn’t need to be scrubbed, but part of me just can’t stop…

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