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I think my denial about being pregnant is coming to an end. All of a sudden yesterday I was hit by an "oh my goodness I am <b>PREGNANT</b>!!!!" moment. This after weeks of feeling the baby kick and thinking "Hmmm what did I eat that is making my stomach flip like this?" and having to be reminded that it's a baby kicking me.... and forgetting I shouldn't run across a parking lot racing dh because I end up in a lot of pain.<br><br>
It's so funny, I always thought denial was for stuff you <i>didn't</i> want, not things you want desperately.<br><br>
Today I have been purging and sorting and trying to make space for the baby's clothes. I'm so glad I am mostly anti baby stuff so I don't have to find a place for a crib, changing table, mobiles, toys, swings etc. A plethora of carriers don't take up <i>too</i> much room compared to all that stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
I'm also trying to minimize the junk in my house. Dh and I have been cleaning like crazy and are completely frustrated that there is always a mess in here. We came to the realization we just don't have a place for everything - that's why everything can't go into its place. We rent but even if we rent another place or eventually buy we'll never have a bigger place & most likely we'd rent/buy a smaller place. I really want to live more simply. I'm not sure if it's a pregnancy/nesting thing or a "I'm tired of tripping over mess and wanting to put my head through a wall" thing or a combo of both but I'm getting lots done!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">
 

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I hear ya! I get a lot of "what the he!! was that??? Oh yeah, there's a little person in there" moments lately! And I keep forgetting my favorite jeans don't fit...I've been cheating and wearing them with the button open, but I keep forgetting WHY I can't button them and I have a second of "why don't these fit???"<br><br>
I blame the baby for stealing my brain cells! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ani, I'm with you on the less mess thing. We've got lots more stuff than comfortably fits into our home--an overabundance of furniture from when our home was 1.5 times larger, plus all the clutter that comes with kids who continually make stuff at school <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. And we just never throw anything away. Lately we've started making strides, though: we called a charity thrift store and had them come pick up several pieces of furniture and some boxes of books and household goods. Hoping to keep that trend up until we're down to what we treasure.<br><br>
I've also noticed that our house seems larger when there's less in it. We got rid of one chair in our living room and wham, it feels roomier. And the best part is no one's missing the chair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.
 

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I blame the baby for stealing my brain cells! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I blame mine for turning my brain into a placenta <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ani, I'm with you on the less mess thing. We've got lots more stuff than comfortably fits into our home--an overabundance of furniture from when our home was 1.5 times larger, plus all the clutter that comes with kids who continually make stuff at school <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. And we just never throw anything away. Lately we've started making strides, though: we called a charity thrift store and had them come pick up several pieces of furniture and some boxes of books and household goods. Hoping to keep that trend up until we're down to what we treasure.<br><br>
I've also noticed that our house seems larger when there's less in it. We got rid of one chair in our living room and wham, it feels roomier. And the best part is no one's missing the chair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.</div>
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We don't have too much furniture but too much STUFF. Just piles and piles of stuff. I hate stuff! I wish the kids inherited the minimalist gene from me and not the packrat gene!<br><br>
We just took a bookshelf out of the living room (there was no way to make it safe i.e. bolt it to the wall) and it opens up the room <i>so</i> much. We really can't get rid of more furniture but I wish we could!
 

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I somehow read that comment and immediately thought, "No way I can eat my placenta now - I can't eat brain!"<br><br>
I'm losing it today.
 

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Ahh, I so understand. This is my third baby and I've been so incredibly busy with my 2 little ones that I completely forget. It has finally just sunk in the past week or so. Suddenly I'm thinking about what all I want to get done and browsing for the perfect pouch sling for the newborn days. Just a week ago I remember getting out of the shower and looking at myself and then I freaked. I thought for a second "OMG! How much have I been eating!? My stomach is HUGE!" Then I remembered that I'm pregnant and supposed to look that way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm feeling very into what I can only venture to call early nesting. I've been cooking nice big dinners every night, feeling like I *must* go to bed with a spotless kitchen, super into holiday crafts, and starting to plan for what I will need for the new baby (only a few things). I'm glad it is finally starting to feel real, because I was feeling like there was something wrong with me that I was so disconnected before! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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yes, it hit me too, recently...no denying it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't have too much furniture but too much STUFF. Just piles and piles of stuff. I hate stuff! I wish the kids inherited the minimalist gene from me and not the packrat gene!</div>
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Don't know what my kids have inherited yet ;-) but yeah, we have too much "stuff" too. And I know I'm TONS better than the rest of my family about it! My husband is more the "if I can't think of a use for it RIGHT THIS MINUTE throw it away" variety, while I can recall hundreds of times when I really wished I still had _____________ , so I'm reluctant to get rid of anything I can conceive of using. And I hate just tossing stuff out... fortunately, there's freecycle (or the lazy version, where you just put a bulky but serviceable item on the curb and it disappears within hours). We took two monitors (that actually, I was ready to throw away, since they're blurry at the edges) to Goodwill today, too. Talk about freeing up space! ;-)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My husband is more the "if I can't think of a use for it RIGHT THIS MINUTE throw it away" variety, while I can recall hundreds of times when I really wished I still had _____________ , so I'm reluctant to get rid of anything I can conceive of using.</div>
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My husband's a total packrat, and I tend in that direction, but I'd like to move to the "if I can't think of a use for it RIGHT THIS MINUTE throw it away" position. That's because over the years I've saved TONS of stuff--things we could use for crafts, children's clothes, pretty much everything I thought could have a second life in another form--and hardly ever used any of it. My second daughter wore almost none of my first's clothes. All that craft stuff is still collecting dust in the attic. And worst of all, sometimes I know I've got an X somewhere in the house, but I can't find it, so <i>I buy a new one</i>. Well, sheesh. Might as well give up the immense clutter in the first place!<br><br>
Of course, the thing that keeps me waffling is that every so often I do toss something that's been collecting dust for years, unused, only to actually have a great use for it a week or two later. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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