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November 26th, 2007, 10:12 PM
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Well, it's become a hazard to me, at least. For the last month, I've been a bit obsessive about the house being "just so". I don't think I can even call it "nesting", just a fear that I'll go into labor with dishes in the sink or a pile of junk on the living room coffee table! I KNOW that the midwives aren't going to care if there's trash in the bathroom cans when they come rolling in to attend a birth...but I can't for anything get past this and just relax. Just tonight, in fact, we went over the living room and kitchen yet again to be sure they're ready to go when baby is...

Please, someone tell me I'm not alone in my neurosis here! I feel more than a little silly, but hey, it's my due date and my bathroom is clean...
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November 27th, 2007, 04:10 AM
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Right there with you! Everynight before I can go to bed, I have to do a quick scan of the house and make sure it's "in order" just in case. It's not even for the midwives sake but rather bc two of the people I've invited to the birth are total neat freaks, bordering OCD.
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November 27th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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You are not alone! I was the same way for all my homebirths. I can't relax in a messy house anyway, but much worse when I thought I could go into labor at any moment. And yet despite all my efforts for the house to be just right, it still wasnt' good enough for me when the time came and I spent the very early part of my labor cleaning some more!
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November 27th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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I did the same thing! It was a full time job trying to keep the house organized and enough food in the fridge at all times. When I hit 42 weeks I stopped caring though
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November 27th, 2007, 11:36 AM
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I have a feeling I'm going to be just like you. I'm anal about a clean house as it is, I don't even want to imagine what I'll be like when the prospect of company coming over during labor happens...
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November 27th, 2007, 06:16 PM
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I was the same way! And yes, I also cleaned while I was like 5 cm. It was actually helpful to get my mind off of things! Squat for a contraction, pick up a toy, squat for a contraction, put away the chips... you get the idea.

I am pretty OCD about being clean and so is my mom. She was here a week before the birth and kept cleaning with me. She would say things like, my grandson can't be born in this bathroom until the floor is mopped again! We were quite a pair.
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November 27th, 2007, 10:36 PM
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Okay, I hate that you've all been there too...but I'm glad to know I'm not alone and not losing my mind!!

Let's see, the kitchen, living room and bedroom are ready now...I just need to mop the bathrooms (again) and wipe down the counters in Rachael's bathroom. I think I could handle that in early labor, don't you?!
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November 28th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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I was like that until the very end, when I was like "You know what, oh well". lol.

But then when I went into labor, I labored on the bed, while my DH cleaned the house lol.

Lala...
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November 28th, 2007, 09:38 PM
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I'm thinking I'll be the same way...I'll still be able to give instructions for a while, and it'll take at least an hour for the midwives to get here. PLENTY of time for me to tell him what to pick up and put away...!
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November 30th, 2007, 06:52 AM
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Hey.... at least your house is clean right? LOL! Just consider it HUGE MOTIVATION LOL!
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