Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Not Nesting

My baseboards?  Still dirty.  Freezer meals?  Still just an idea on pinterest.  Learning to bake the perfect cherry pie?  Don't feel the need.  I'm pretty sure I'm not technically "nesting".  But what I have been doing is getting crap done, which I've always loved to do!
ASIDE: I have a problem with people telling me I'm nesting.  I don't know why.  I feel somehow that attributing my awesome success in the "getting crap done" department to "nesting" somehow diminishes what I was able to accomplish.  Like, "Oh, you climbed everest. But only because you're nesting."  No!  I did it because I'm a flippin' great mountain climber!  Do you know what I mean?  Does that even make any sense?  Either way.  
ASIDE: I think it also has something to do with people telling me that I was nesting ever since about week 22.  NO.  You're not nesting then.  You don't "nest" until right before the baby comes.  You're getting things done.  You're prepping for the baby.  You're being responsible and not leaving stuff until the last minute.  But you're not nesting.  It's just not true.
Okay.  WHEW.  Sorry.  Apparently I have a lot to say on the topic of "Why I'm Not Nesting".  Anyhow, I am getting things done, and that makes me ever so happy.  Mostly, I'm trying to get Baby M's room finished.  I know, the baby doesn't actually need a nursery, and that he/she doesn't care what it looks like.  I think we can all agree that a nursery is for the parents, and in our case, specifically the mom.  Handsome, well, I think the nursery is making it a little more "real" for him, but he would be fine without it.  Or a couch - he doesn't need that either.  Or a table.  Chairs.  Shelves of any kind... he's sort of a minimalist that way.

Let me start off by saying that the gifts that people have given this baby, the love already poured out, is overwhelming.  While I was up in PA, I got not one, but two beautiful hand-made blankets!  One from a very good friend (which I'll show you later...), and the other from a cousin who I like very well but rarely get to see.  She apparently doesn't hold it against me that we're hardly ever in the same state, let alone the same zip, as she spent hours of her life crocheting this lovely blanket!

I'm pretty sure no two are the same, although I'd have to keep careful count and catalog them to find out for sure.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE bright colors!
And, said lovely cousin was kind enough to use cotton yarn so that it won't irritate Baby M's skin.
I can't wait to bundle him/her up in this piece of art!

Even though Handsome could do without shelves, I can't.  I love shelves.  Specifically the floating kind.  I have a set in my kitchen, and when I was staring at the big blank wall in Baby's room, I knew I wanted some in there, as well!  So we ended up with these (from lowes, I believe) and I love them!  Perfect place to set a glass of water on while I'm rocking baby, or just to hold the cutesy little trinkets that are allowed only in this room!


Now, truth be told, that wall still seems a little bare to me.  And I don't want it to feel bare.  I want it to feel warm and planned and full of happiness & love!  Apparently nothing says "happiness & love" to me like picture frames.  So I picked up a half dozen or so, spray painted them white, was unsatisfied with the results, then latexed them and added a shimmery glaze.  And voila!


It's now the simple matter of arranging these on the wall.  I don't want them all to be empty, Lord knows I've got enough empty frames hanging in my house to choke a horse.  But I'm not entirely sure of what to put in them.  And then the obvious answer hits me, pictures! Duh!  But we'll have to wait and see for sure.  One thing I do know is that I'm going to use handy-dandy command strips to put them up, so that I don't have a mess of holes in our freshly-painted walls!

I've got even more projects in mind for today.  Which I realize makes me sound ambitious and nester-ish.  But I'm not.  Swear.  I think it's more of a result of me passing my Dissertation Proposal Defense (woot woot!) and the much-diminished stress level that accompanies that ;)  What about you?  Any projects lately?

<3 M.

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous1/09/2013

    MiMi, I don't know what a dissertation proposal defense is but so happy for you that you passed it. I know is has something to do with your Doctorate degree and that you are a little closer. Congratulations. Love you and know that when this baby arrives you will be ready for her/him. Can't wait.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, it does mean I'm one step closer to my degree :) Although this baby is making it hard to concentrate on school things, so mostly it means I get to slow down for a bit!

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  2. Yup - working on my first t-shirt quilt. You would be proud. I'll post pictures soon!

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    1. OH! So so excited! Oh, Kristi, you're going to love it! The weight of them is just so perfectly cozy! Do show pictures! Or you could bring it when you come visit me... ;)

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  3. I had someone tell me that the reason our nursery was already almost done was bc I'm nesting. I'm like, "No. I'm only 22 weeks, and unless you know something I don't, this baby will not be here for another 4 months. I am not nesting, I'm being productive." I'm right there with ya on the nesting thing. Idk why but it bothers me. And that blanket is so cute! Where did you get those frames, if you don't mind my asking? I actually had the same plan to buy some an spray paint them white! Great minds think alike, I guess!

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    1. Great minds indeed! I bought them at the Habitat Resale store near me. Cheapo-Mc-Cheaperson. I don't know if I didn't sand them enough, or what, but the spray paint didn't cover well. I ended up using a sponge brush and some white latex. You could probably grab a sample amount at Lowe's or something, and it would be enough paint, and only about $2.50. Will we get to see pictures of your nursery? I can't believe these babies will be here in no time! Cheers to just being productive!

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  4. This made me laugh.

    Congrats on your accomplishments. I never had a problem with people telling me that I was nesting, because I really did save everything for THE LAST MINUTE! While I was in the hospital, my husband painted the baby's room. Yes, we are terrible.

    I adore those baby blankets. What a sweet and beautiful gift. My son had a baby blanket that someone made him. I just got rid of it a few months ago and he's nearly 13. The only reason we let it go was because it was literally in shreds. He kept a little square of it. My heart melted. I hope your baby enjoys his blankets just as much. I am sure he will.

    And, if you're not nesting, just wait until you do. Oh, the projects you will complete. ;-)

    ~FringeGirl

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    1. I'm kind of afraid of what nesting-me will do. Categorize spices? Patch the roof? Just so long as it doesn't involve a bathroom and a toothbrush in anything other than the conventional way, I'll be alright :) That's so sweet about your son's blanket!

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  5. I totally feel you on the angst against the "nesting" comments. Because really, accomplishing ANYTHING in your third trimester is a worthy feat, and your willpower deserves the acclaim, not your hormones. So good on you. :)

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    1. THANK YOU! Exactly. I've accomplished stuff because I did it, not because I'm a host body for a parasite. BOOM.

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  6. I haven't said a super huge and obnoxious CONGRATULATIONS yet! But I'm so excited for the two of you to have your little one, despite all the scary and sleepy that probably will come with it.

    You're not nesting. You're a superhero.

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    1. Thank you, Abby! I'm getting so excited to meet this little one, and finally have a reason to look through all the totally cute little outfits!! :)

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  7. Congrats on passing, even though I have no idea what that thing is! I have a feeling I'm going to be one of those super-nesting moms someday, but who knows! But I'm glad you're "anti-nesting" and not waiting until that last minute to get stuff done. The nursery looks great so far!

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    1. Thanks Julie! It's such a relief to have the weight of that nasty presentation off of my back! And I still haven't packed the bag I need to take to the hospital, so I'm not getting EVERYTHING done :)

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