Mommy and daddy instincts are kicking in way before baby is here.  Many women go through a nesting phase during their pregnancies.  If you find yourself cleaning obsessively, searching pinterest for ways to organize your closets and kitchen cabinets, alphabetizing DVDs (which are in a closet that nobody ever watches) freaking out that you don't have anything for the baby yet or doing crafts, then your nesting instincts are in full force.  I'll tell you some of the things that were helpful during this phase and some things that really didn't help at all.

Once you reach the second trimester, your energy will come back.  For some reason, I had my normal energy level throughout my pregnancy, except for the 4 weeks of morning sickness and the last 3 weeks of pregnancy. And if you know me IRL, you know that I never stop moving.  Therefore, my nesting was BAD!  Here are examples of things that I did during the nesting phase that were helpful:

Organizing The Kitchen: I cleaned out all the cupboards, wiped them down (inside and out), labeled the pantry items, cleaned the fridge and reorganized the pots and pans cabinet. 

Organized Clothes: I went through all of my clothes and made piles to donate, throw out and to store away.  It is amazing how much more room I have in my closet.  Now if I could just get dear husband to follow my lead...

Cleaning Schedule: So, I usually have a cleaning schedule for the weekends, but for some reason I felt the need to act on that cleaning schedule as soon as I got home from

Planning Meals: On Fridays, I would go into my various cooking apps and start planning meals for the week, then on Saturday morning dear husband and I would go grocery shopping.  This continued throughout my maternity leave...then I had to go back to work.  We are slowly getting back into the swing of things when it comes to cooking and shopping.  But I highly recommend that you use your "nesting powers" to plan and cook healthy meals during and after pregnancy.  If anything, it gets you out of the house!  Here are some of my favorite cooking apps to help with the planning meals side of nesting:

  • Dinner SpinnerPro is great, because if you are a member of their website, you get access to your recipe box in this app!  You can also search recipes along with doing the fun dinner spinner thinnger. There is also a free version.  I don't know why I bought the paid version.

  • Better Homes and Garden: This app is free and is loaded with recipes.  You can buy recipe packs ranging from .99 + I bought a slow-cooker recipe pack for .99, then I was searching around the Better Homes and Garden website and found them on there; so basically I paid .99 for an iPhone app version...crap.  Stick with the free version, there are a lot of recipes to choose from.  This app has a nice feature to put the recipe in a shopping list!

  • Food Network: In my humble opinion, this is the best app for food prep and meal ideas.  You can categorize meal searches by chefs, collections and there is a seasonal section.  You can also search for recipes.  There is also a weekly meal planner for the iPad version!  Sign up for a free account on and get started.  This app also has the feature of putting a shopping list together.  The only thing I don't like about it, is that you cannot edit/add/delete folders under meals.  You have to use the desktop website to change this on a browser that has flash.  Ain't nobody got time for that!

 Cooking then Freezing: Yeah, this lasted about 3 days.  I was so tired of cooking that by the time I was done cooking for the few days after getting home from the hospital, I didn't want to cook anything for dinner.  If you have more patience than I do, I suggest cooking and freezing at least a week or two of meals for the first couple weeks, after you get home from the hospital.  People might bring you food over, but do not rely on that for all your meals.
My lame attempt at cooking and freezing.  I also made some enchilada shells and froze them.  Seriously, all of it ended up freezer burned, because the lids worked their way off the containers! Maybe I shouldn't by plastic wear from the dollar store. Next time I'm buying these!
It's a good thing the batteries in my label maker died, because I would have labeled the door with...DOOR.  I did however label the dog:


Nursery Organization: Once I had my baby showers, I was in the nursery all the time organizing clothes, socks, diapers and dresser drawers. You too, will find that you are spending a lot of time in the nursery getting things ready...and then when baby will rarely go in there!  We have a monster theme in Baby D's room and this is one of the nesting things I did with those shitty closet organizers that cost $20:     I went to the dollar store and bought bins and then created labels for each bin in Photoshop and printed them via my wireless printer (thank you Dear Husband).  I used double-sided tape and stuck 'em to the front of the bins.  They are still on there today.

Exercise: If you are one of those pregnant women that have energy all the time like I did, then exert some of that energy into prepping your body for labor and delivery.  Prenatal pilates are a good place to start.  It is low-impact and great for toning and stretching your muscles and hips.  During the second trimester I had terrible hip and back pain and the only thing that would make it feel better, was pilates, stretching and sleep.  I would never medicate those aches and pains, because it really wasn't worth medicating for something that just needed stretched out.  Check out this chick!  These are the pilates I did 3 times a week until the last month of pregnancy.  You will feel amazing!
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
(sorry, it won't embed for some reason)
Part 4

Crafts, crafts, crafts: Since I was preggers during the summer and winter, I rarely wanted to go outside.  I had to go outside everyday to walk the dog, but for the most part I just stayed indoors.  In doing so, I found many crafts to assemble via pinterest.  I shopped at the dollar store for everything I made below (except for the wood rod, had to go to a craft store for that and spend $1.10)!

Christmas Tree

Glitter Candles with Centerpiece 

Decorative Vase with Ornaments and Background Lights

 Upcycled Old Christmas Decoration

 Vase for Oil and Reeds
(double-sided sticky tape rolled in glitter)

Christmas Ornament Wreath

Christmas Ornament Wreath Red and Gold

Christmas Snowflake Wreath

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rod with Candy Cane Crunch



Candy Cane Vase

 One Happy Christmas


And so ends my nesting period.  What did you do during your nesting phase?



Back to Home Back to Top