Love for Baby Quilts

 I love maps.  I always want them hanging on my walls.  But a baby sitting on one would be pretty sweet, too.  Look at these awesome baby quilts  (passed along to me by one of our thoughtful readers in Virginia.)  Welcome to Brooklyn, Boston, and Manhattan!  See if they have your city…

I’m trying to deliberately “nest” & act as if a baby is coming….because this year we have Baby Plan A. Plan B. & Plan C. on the docket.  We hope one of them works.  🙂  🙂  🙂

For you mothers, I’m curious about what it’s like to be in “nesting” mode while you were pregnant – did that happen to you?  Did you make any baby quilts?  Or anything else?

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  1. Laurie February 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    YES!!! I definitely nested with all of my babies (7). I loved to give my self a little countdown list to keep me in line. As soon as i am pregnant it is all i think about! I love the anticipation of a new little person joining our family and our home. To make the time pass by quicker, i would usually make something for their room. I would paint, frame pictures, make new bedding, and artwork. My favorite project was with our 5th. I found material with nursery rhymes printed on it. I hand stitched around the pictures with the color I wanted the room to be and made them into bumper pads. My mom made a matching quilt and I hung a ribbon with 5 different white frames, each with a baby picture of the other kids, and a spot for the new baby. I also make myself wait until 3 week before the due date to wash and fold the baby clothes…. this is my favorite thing, and buying diapers, and baby lotion, and ….. i could go on and on. This is one of the funnest things to get ready for and we are praying hard over here that you will be in the nesting mode very soon!!!! love you

  2. Sarah Wilks February 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I think I nested a bit too early – I wanted my baby OUT of me by the 7th month (way too excited to become a first-time mom) so I decided one day to decorate the nursery all by myself, and ended up painting EVERYTHING in the room, and lugging heavy flat-pack furniture up the stairs to then put it all together. I put all of the clothes away and arranged the toys on the shelves, and well…the room was ready WAY before baby was, but I couldn't help myself! Actual "nesting" happened later, when I just cleaned the kitchen and reorganized the cupboards until not a speck of dirt could be found. Thankfully, I was too big by then to do any more painting or heavy lifting!

  3. Molly February 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I LOVE these quilts. LOVE them. I may need to remember this in the future. I tend to not nest until later (when the baby is getting close to coming), because I'm a little superstitious (or just really realistic?) about preparing before the baby is actually there. It makes me a little nervous.

  4. Mommaexpat February 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I would love to get the Paris one if we did end up with baby #2 during our tour. And nesting? We bought our new house 1 month before HJ was born. I nested my bloated butt off. And made tons of things for his nursery. That was one of my most enjoyable times in my life.

  5. Nora February 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I remember painting about thirteen (rather large) animal paintings for Sam's room two months before he was born. I painted and painted and painted, late into the night and first thing in the morning. I couldn't get enough of creating, it seemed. I loved the intense focus I had during those few weeks–it helped me prep my mind for calm and peace during the hard but beautiful contractions that came later 🙂 Best thing? Sam loves them more and more as he gets older, and I love that my hands have made something that has become a part of him. SO excited for your A, B, C baby plans. So many prayers and good wishes for you both. xoxo

  6. J&Jchambers February 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    oh i am sending love and good baby vibes your way.. i love that you have plan A,B, and C. I think you would both be the most wonderful parents and i would love to learn parenting skills from such beautiful souls. Thanks for all you are doing. I definitely need all of your words of wisdom and examples and thank you for sharing! And those quilts are amazing. I think nesting begins with just the thought of becoming a parent and for me has only gotten stronger as i have been raising my two sweet boys. I think as they enter different stages i am even more excited to make things for them.

  7. Nikki Olmstead February 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Those are such cute quilts!
    I was too lazy to really make anything.
    My husband and I were renting a house that wasn't really "clean" in my eyes. I like SHINY NEW CLEAN floors and freshly painted walls. So I think my nesting was just constant cleaning to keep away dust and crickets. I cleaned the house top to bottom at 35 weeks with twins and the next morning my water broke just getting out of bed to use the bathroom.
    Good luck with your plans to get pregnant! After reading this whole blog I really really really think you two would be wonderful parents! So deserving!

  8. Anonymous February 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Nesting was a big clean-everything festival for me. Even the yard. No weeds were allowed on the premises. The cars. Cabinets in and out. All the brand new baby clothing. It happened each time (3 in 5 years) in the final 2-3 weeks before they were born.

    I love your blog about love. Everyday, look at yourself in the mirror, hold your arms as if you have your baby in them and rock him. Visualize what is coming, so you will be a pro at it when he gets here!

  9. Andrea February 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I felt like I nested for a long time before the baby actually came. I had some issues that made the doctor predict I was going to deliver pretty early so that probably contributed to my sense of urgency in getting everything ready. I felt like a ticking time bomb. By the time my due date approached (to everyone's amazement I was still pregnant!) all I remember doing was reading books about childbirth. I tried to keep up on the grocery shopping, laundry, getting last-minute things ready, etc. I wish I had kept a better journal towards the end to see if I actually nested at some point. It's like I got all the nesting out the way in advance and then had nothing much left to do but wait! What was hard was my mom and husband were constantly getting mad at me for doing anything, afraid I was "doing too much." My issues turned out to not be a big deal and obviously whatever nesting I did didn't cause me to go into labor early!

    Good luck on your baby plans. I hope this is your year!

  10. Danielle March 1, 2012 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Oh yes much nesting, cleaning, organizing, painting, shopping. Much nesting and preparing. It's fun. I love the blankies and maps!! We have a big world map hanging on our kitchen wall. We love talking about the continents and cities around the world with our Elly. I wish you the best in your parenting plans!!

  11. lizzie March 1, 2012 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I've been thinking about quilts lately — just decided I want to make one for each of the kids for Christmas, and this is a great way for me to start getting inspiration.

    I nested hardcore with my second. I had a huge list of projects I wanted to get done before he came. Thankfully my mother-in-law came to town a few weeks before my due date and helped me get through a bunch of them since I had no idea what I was doing.

  12. Anonymous March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Would you share more about your infertility/what you are doing to fight it on your blog? Honestly, infertility is my greatest pain/issue/struggle, and I am always grateful for other's stories, experiences and especially advice. Maybe there is is special tea I haven't tried? A treatment I haven't heard of? Coping techniques I haven't used? Something you are doing might be something we haven't tried – and I am betting people in NY are more progressive in their treatments than people out west, like me. I just can't beg in my prayers and cry anymore…it's too sad. But then, again, I can't stop trying and hoping either – a vicious cycle! 🙂 P.S. Love your blog and thoughts – so helpful!!!!

  13. Joanna March 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    During the final months before delivery I was working 50 hour weeks (to acrue enough hours for PTO because I didn't have maternity leave) and I was finishing up my dissertation that had to be presented right after baby was born. My "nesting" was to wander the aisles of a scrapbooking store and purchase all the supplies needed to DIY my very own birth announcements to 100 of my closest and dearest. I had a strong desire to produce something unique but of course reality hit and the supplies are still in their packaging stuffed in a closet, 2 years later… Looking back I think I bought a lot of strnge things during my pregnancy, thinking I just "had" to have them. I blame it on nesting.

  14. Tamra March 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I'm not a big project-er, but I did nest. For all 3 pregnancies, about 2 weeks before they were born I started cleaning everything in sight. EVERYTHING, even if it wasn't dirty. Some of the things I cleaned, I'd never bothered with before or since. My husband just looked at me like I was crazy (which all pregnant women are, of course), but he didn't try to tell me to stop. He wouldn't have dared stand in-between me and my nesting instincts!

    Also, those blankets are awesome.

  15. Cam E. O. March 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Hmm nesting… I don't think I really nested with my first (I'm half-way through with my second now) but I did clean. For me it wasn't this insane must-clean-everything-attitude it was more, "if I don't do it now, it won't get done afterwards!" Plus with all the family and friends that come over after….
    If we did any REAL nesting it was the night before while I was in early labor bc we were pretty sure that this was the night and I knew my mom was coming into town 2 days later, so she'd get to our house before we did and I didn't want it to look like we'd rushed out in a hurry with the stove still on! So I made the bed (yes, during contractions!) and my husband took out the trash, etc. I also refused to pack my bag until there was no other choice because once that was done (they tell you to have it ready like a month before) there was nothing left to do! So I waited because that meant there was still something left on my list and not that my entire job was waiting and getting bigger. We also didn't put the car seat in until the day before for the same reason. Once your list is complete what do you do?!?! Hmm..maybe that's why I didn't nest….

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