Everyone warns you that, when pregnant, you will go through an undeniable period of “nesting.” My nesting came as insane urges to wash the walls, reorganize every drawer in the kitchen, and get the nursery ready. It started mid-way through the pregnancy and gradually went away when I got too big to comfortably scrub the floors on my hands and knees.
Then you go through ANOTHER period of restless nesting closer to your due date! This time mine came in the form of OBSESSIVE grocery shopping, cooking, baking, and storing up food for when the baby arrives. The fact that the nursery was not finished did not bother me that much, but the thought of not having food stored up and ready to eat was driving me crazy!! I feared eating fast food 24/7 or starving to death once we have a newborn to take care of.
After much research, we decided to invest in a deep freezer a few weeks ago and I quickly realized I had this grocery-shopping addiction. I quickly felt like I needed to call an intervention hotline and confess I was about to again walk into a grocery store… for like the 7th time each week! I started paying attention to what stores had amazing deals on produce and meats and frozen vegetables. We re-joined Costco. I cooked meals according to what ingredients were on sale that week. I whipped up a bunch of meals that are our favorites (that I know will freeze well) …and put together a few treats that I’ve never made before like “breakfast burritos” that seem to yield a life-supply of hot hearty breakfasts at a great price.
I pulled out my vacuum-sealer and stocked up on freezer-safe containers. Every time I made a meal in the past few weeks, I doubled the recipe and froze most of it for later. The new deep-freezer is now happily stocked and ready for the arrival of baby boy and the start of our maternity/paternity leave.
Has anyone else gone through this same ridiculous version of nesting!? I feel a little crazy-psycho about it right now, but from all the new moms I’ve talked to, it’s supposedly a very useful form of nesting that they wished they’d done in retrospect. Now I just need to teach Mikey to “defrost” and “heat up” …. just kidding, he’s actually become quite good lately about helping with some of the more complicated recipes. Thanks hon for helping me and putting up with my crazy pregnant-lady nesting!