Nester by nature

I have realized that I am am a nester by nature.ย  I feel better as a person, mother, and wife when I organize.ย  I have been this way since high school.ย  Color coding, organizing, label maker, bins, baskets, etc. make my heart pitter patter a bit.ย  I think this went to a new level when Nolan was diagnosed.ย  When my whole life feels out of my control and disorganized, having something to organize, a system to create, aย  new procedure for all of us/our stuff to follow gives me a sense of calm, a sense of control I often desperately seek.

With a baby on the way, I feel like I have even more impending chaos (and time loss) coming for me.ย  This has triggered the nesting to start at about 13 weeks.ย  I make a list in my designated list making notebook and keep adding and ticking away at it.ย  Some days I cross one thing off and add three more.ย  Some days I cross off three and don’t add any.ย  Sometimes I create and complete a project and I add it to the list just to cross it off–get that sense of accomplishment and seeing on paper one more thing I was in control of.

If you have anxiety over control in your life, over the baby coming, over life in general–try making a list of what you can control/do, and start ticking away at it little by little.ย  Add every little thing (like change out seasonal decorations) to big things like paint the upstairs bathroom.ย  It gives you a sense of control, a sense of accomplishment, and a better idea of who you are and what you are capable of.

Now, before you thinking I am all on top of things, please note that on the list is to do the 2017 family yearbook.ย  2017.ย  Oh, and Stella’s baby book…I was pregnant in 2015 & 2016. Oh and the scrapbooking in the basement….I have Nolan’s first Easter done….Spring 2015.ย  This baby is due in 2019.ย  It is all about balance people.ย  Balance.

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