Ya know how everyone says that you won't take as many pictures of your second child, or fill out the baby book completely and you won't be as particular about some things as you were with your first? I swore up and down that those things would not be true.
But I knew from the second we found out I was pregnant that things would be different. I didn't rush to get his room ready, or fill his dresser, or even put his crib together. Maybe it was because I was now experienced and a lot busier, but it didn't take away the guilt.
One of the areas that most obviously didn't get as much attention is his bedroom. My daughter's room was pain stakingly painted, wall papered and decorated just so. My son's room got a slathering of blue paint and a white shelf hung on the wall above his crib to hold the monitor base. Ugh. Such a sad, bare little shelf.
The other day I decided that the shelf, and my sons room in general needed some love. A few stuffed animals from his baby shower were plopped on the shelf, but it otherwise sat empty. I've been loving the giant letters and symbols that I've seen hung on walls in magazines and all over blog land, so I decided I would join in.
A giant paper mache letter "K" was just what the doctor ordered. I grabbed a paper mache letter from Joanns for $7.99, spray painted it dark brown with paint I already had and perched it proudly in its new home. I probably should have measured before I purchased, because I hadn't realized it would nearly reach the ceiling. I kind of like it though. I think it makes a nice bold statement.
For the other walls I'm thinking vinyl wall decals (and maybe a nice quote under the shelf) and fabric covered frames to bring in some color and absorb some sounds from the rest of the house. Then, maybe a soft shag rug and I might be satisfied. It only took me 7 months, but I'm hoping this room will start looking a little more cozy for my sweet guy very soon.