What seemed like a particularly soft, and suspiciously consumerist concept for those of us privileged with possessions, is now a very real behavior. I am "nesting" hard.
While watching myself almost hunt and gather pillows, comforters, duvet covers, and furniture, I watched out for organized clutter. However, my own minimalist, fiscally and environmentally responsible husband mentioned that he is also nesting where he is living now. Are both of us responding to this first pregnancy in the same way?
Our bedroom went from a single mattress on the floor with linen bedsheets, two wooden boxes as nightstands, and a wooden dresser to a pillow fort.
Nesting, however, can be gentle on our environment and our economies. I plan to room-share with baby for various reasons. All items were either lucky sigdewalk-finds, snagged on craigslist, or from our favorite thrift and discount shops. Most textiles were gifted or from yard sales before they were washed, sanitized, and tucked with lavender soaps in our linen closet. Admitedly, most of these favorites were tucked away for fear of stains and no laundry in our building. Boldly (for me, anyways) my favorites made their way to our bed: linen duvet, flannel cotton sheets, and embroidered and crocheted pillowcases.
There is also a practical reason for this response. In my case, my growing baby bump will make it harder for me to carry and arrange heavy objects such as the queen sized bed and mattress, dresser, and 7'x9' rug. Even the large comforter and other heavy bedding was a challenge for me in the first trimester, let alone the third. Also, being increasingly busier with graduate school, my full time career, and time for family, friends, and community. So here we are, my little bump and I, with the objects that we will need to support my body, make a changing table, and muffle the acoustics of a new tiny human coming soon enough.