JMJ, glad you are here too! and anyone else still checking in with the DDC. I am 33 weeks today!
The nesting instinct has been fierce for me. I have had major organizing and home improvement projects on my list. I completely redid my office/craft/sewing room. It went from plain white with stuff stacked everywhere on folded tables and boxes and bins. Now it is painted a bright, happy green with a counter installed along two walls, and two big hot pink pegboards to keep my stuff organized and within reach. It is so fun.
Even things like organizing my bathroom drawers have been up there and just making me feel more ready. We just had our carpet cleaned and totally gutted the master bedroom. It felt good to get the obscene amount of lint and dust out from under the bed and all the nooks.
This is my sixth baby, so I feel the need to step up the organization a little more each time in order to keep the family life flowing relatively smooth. In the past months we also redid the mudroom, several closets, built an indoor playhouse (as a christmas present), but it helped open up space in my girls' bedroom and keep it free of all the doll clutter.
We also just traded in our 7 passenger mini van for a 9 passenger full size van. (It would be a 12 passenger if it had the regular bench seats. but we decided to go with custom captains chairs for all seats, which reduced it to 9.) But it will be so comfortable for road trips or anytime. and I feel they are safer too cause the bucket seats give so much more support than the low benches.
I still want to sew a new cover for my glider/rocker. I bought the fabric, just haven't got to it. The original fabric finally just disintegrated. I also want to get the nursery painted and I need to get a bed for my son, so he can get out of the toddler bed and my daughter can get out of the crib, to free it up for the baby. Even though she will be in my room for months, I really like to have the crib ready as a safe place to lay the baby in the day to protect her from curious toddlers when I am busy.
I sorted through all my baby clothes last week and have it organized by age/season all the way through winter 2013. It feels really good to see we are set for clothes.
Biggest things on my list that I don't have is a carseat and a baby monitor. I would love to get input from y'all on these! I have been looking at several but can't make up my mind.