Nesting

I've been nesting like crazy (if you could hear Bret in the background, you'd hear a loud "uh huh!"). Baby No. 2 is due July 13, which is still two weeks away, but the early arrival of two friends' babies shifted my nesting urge into hyperdrive ... .


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I had a four-tiered to-do list categorized by "things to do," "nesting," "things to buy," and "craft projects to finish." I'm happy to say that with roughly two weeks left (in theory), I've completed 99% of those things to do.

My best friend, Sarah, who had her baby two weeks early and shortly after moving into a new house, has admonished me to enjoy what little time I have left. So I have been. I've been relishing putting together a little basket of baby diapers and clothes, switching my and Bret's closet sides, putting away winter maternity clothes, making double batches of dinners and freezing half for when helping hands leave post-baby, buying both newborn boy and girl clothes so the baby has something special to wear right away (we don't know the sex of the baby), and getting supplies and the house ready for our planned home birth.

One morning, I woke up with an uncontrollable urge to crochet baby booties. I've never crocheted anything so intricate before -- I've made blankets, hats, scarves, granny squares, and decorative edges, but never a bootie. What's more, I had to create these little shoes without the aid of a pattern. I felt that a pattern would hamper my impulsive creative dirve... I made two prototypes with increasing success. We'll see if I have time to make the final draft.

There are more photos of these crocheted creations on my craft blog, rookspaperscissors.blogspot.com.

This urge to get everything in order for the new baby has overwhelmed my usual suspicious caution. I've always had a difficult time throwing myself into preparations for something that hasn't happened yet for fear that the very thing I desire with all my heart won't happen. I know the baby will come out, but there's a tiny part of me that dreads the worst. I've decided to pray through those (normal) fears and nest to my heart's content with joy and faith, not fear.

Andrea,
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