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Training for Baby: Nesting

Posted August 21, 2012

With about a month left until my due date, I am fighting what I like to call "pregnant lady crazies." One minute, I am so anxious to meet my little man. The next, I am hoping he waits until his estimated arrival time because I am not nearly ready.

And the cravings also are amplified. The other night all I wanted was chocolate cake. My loving husband rushed to a nearby restaurant where we absolutely love the chocolate cake and got us a slice to share.

After eating the cake, all my belly did was move. I imagine our baby was singing that famous line from one of Bill Cosby's stand-up routines, "Dad is great. He gives me chocolate cake."

Chocolate cake aside, I have also noticed a strong urge to prepare for the baby. My nesting phase has begun.

My husband came downstairs on Saturday morning to find me trying to build the Snap N' Go Stroller. I had the car seat box open, but it was too heavy for me to lift out of the box. He patiently walked over and asked what I was doing. He then built the stroller within minutes.

When he left to grab us some lunch a few hours later, I figured out a way of getting the car seat out of the box. I turned the box on its side and slid the seat out. Then, I realized I had no idea how to put it onto the stroller. Before I could get the instructions out for the stroller, my husband got home and quickly figured out what to do.

He soon installed the car seat in my car and helped me put away some of the baby gifts we have gotten over the past few weeks. I was beginning to think that he was enjoying this nesting thing too.

Then, we had to deal with the dreaded Pack 'N Play.

These soft cribs look easy to assemble at the store, then you get it out of the box and are confronted with tons of metal rods, clips and attachments. It took him nearly two hours to get this thing fully built and we still had two rods left. We can't figure out where they go and we have read the instructions about five times.

I can't imagine the day we need to pack it up because our poor little boy won't be playing anytime soon if we need to reassemble it!

Any funny stories from your nesting phase, moms?

Kathy is editor of's Out & About section. Learn more about Kathy on her website. Last year, here on Go Ask Mom, Kathy chronicled her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband started a family. Now, due with her first baby this fall, she's writing about her pregnancy. Find her here on Wednesdays twice a month on Go Ask Mom.


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  • Khanrahan Aug 22, 2012

    actually we used all the rods that the instructions said for the bassinet portion. I believe it was four rods. So, the mystery rods remain just that.

  • camille96 Aug 22, 2012

    When I was 7 months pregnant my husband suggested we build an additional room on the back of our house. I thought it was the best idea I had ever heard (although he had mentioned it long ago as well). We've never regretted it. It is one of the biggest nesting projects I can think of!

  • snowl Aug 22, 2012

    Nesting.... I only remember going out for dinner frequently and not going home right after my full time day at the office was through... because I knew that soon those "all about me" days would be over!

  • halfpint1552 Aug 22, 2012

    LOL LWT! That is exactly the first thing that I thought of too! The first time is always the worst but once you get used to using everything, it's a piece of cake!

  • lwt Aug 22, 2012

    I agree with creecht, the two extra rods are probably for the bassinet.

  • Lovestosave Aug 22, 2012

    I cleaned and organized all the closetes in my house. I then washed all the baby clothes and folded them. I didn;t do so much with my second one.

  • creecht Aug 22, 2012

    The two extra rods for the pack-n-play may very well be for the bassinet portion of the product!?

  • JAT Aug 22, 2012

    Bets are your son will love chocolate after he's born, too. It seemed like anything that made my baby move before she was born were her favorites once she arrived. Tell the restaurant to keep the cake on the menu. Same thing worked for music: whatever I listened to alot before birth seemed to always soothe her when she was cranky.