As an expectant father, I admit that there are times when I don’t feel as connected to my son as my wife does. That’s understandable since she’s the one who feels every kick, jab and wiggle but there is one way I get to participate that is right up my alley. Nesting.
Nesting isn’t unique to mothers. We fathers get the nesting instinct too but it may be a little different than the need to super-clean the house before baby comes. We, we assemble. We assemble (or build) cribs, dressers, playyards and the like. We get to paint, remodel and move furniture. We get to gather up all sorts of batteries and test everything for safety and workmanship and usability. This weekend was no different.
Because we have so many people from different parts of our lives we ended up with (4) baby showers. One a week for a month. Now before you get excited, understand that we had one for my family (out-of-town) and one for Julia’s family and closest friends (local). Our remaining friends were divided into two groups to keep from getting too large. A good size baby shower should be about 15 people. Big enough to be fun but small enough to feel personal and intimate.
So far we’ve bought for ourselves a crib, a rocker/glider with ottoman, and a dresser. Gifts we’ve received include numerous clothes, a good amount of toys and few health/safety items. But for me, the best part are the things I get to put together. Some, like a safety gate simply need to be unpacked and tested, while others are made up of several parts that need to carefully be assembled, like the ExerSaucer 3-in-1 Pond.
At this point, we only have about 6 weeks to go but there are a few key things that need to be taken care of, like getting a car seat, fixing the baseboard and touch-up painting in the bathrooms. If anyone would like to help me with these projects, I’m willing to share the joy of nesting.