CLEAN ALL THE THINGS
Week 27 marks the beginning of the seventh month, when your nesting instinct to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS ironically coincides with a return of fatigue you’ll remember not-so-fondly from the first trimester. It’s ba-aa-ack! You’ll really appreciate those bursts of nesting energy, but do take it easy; despite how you might feel, the baby’s clothes don’t really need to be laundered three times and folded neatly… after you’ve already scrubbed the baseboards in the nursery… and alphabetized all the board books.
Yup, the baby might not be here yet, but your maternal instincts are in full force. You’ll find yourself being more vocal when it comes to having your needs met, especially in terms of health and safety — suddenly you’re a lot less shy about asking strangers to put out their cigarette or scream-lecturing the guy who almost hit you with his car on the crosswalk. Good for you, Mama Bear, you’ll put that gumption to good use when it comes to protecting your little one!
Evidence indicates your baby can cry now, which might be linked to the fact that she can finally open her eyes and is probably (we’re guessing) wondering how she got trapped in this weird dark squishy place filled with liquid that smells vaguely like the eight slices of pizza you had for lunch. She can also tell your voice apart from your partner’s, a skill that’s pretty useless since kids spend so much time pretending they can’t hear their parents at all anyway. She’s currently the size of a small kickball, though judging from the beating your insides are taking she might think you’re the kickball. Get used to it, Mama. And rest up!