It's not that I didn't think about it. In fact, the sad part is that I had almost everything I wanted to put on the walls by the time Claire was born, but by then I was too exhausted from teaching all day to be bothered to hang anything. And once I was on maternity leave, I was huge (I swear I provided Claire with a 3-bedroom condo of her own in there), and didn't have it in me to hang things on the wall. Besides, have any of you tried to hang things straight with a baby bump sticking out in front of you? Not so easy.
I told myself I would do it once the baby was here. After all, I'd be able to stand straight and move much more easily (ha! First-time mom naivete showing!). But the reality is that once Claire was here, the nursery was the last thing on my mind. Or what mind I had left at that point. I tell ya, between my sieve-like trap of a memory, sleep deprivation, and pregnancy/nursing hormones, I was pleased to remember how to take care of Claire most days. I had no mental capacity left to care about what was on the walls in her nursery.
Then life kept happening, and I stopped worrying about her nursery. Afterall, she only slept and got dressed in there. She certainly didn't care and I had bigger fish to fry. Right around her first birthday, though, it began to bug me. I realized that what was once an excusable delay was now just plain embarrassing. So I started working on it. In fits and starts at first, because let's be honest, a toddler keeps you just as busy as a newborn, but I puttered away at it bit by bit. And about a month ago, we got it done. Well 95% done, anyway. Here are some shots of what we did:
|That's Claire's look of pure delight. This kid is such a character! :)|
The rest of the room waited a LONG time to finish. The pieces we collected were stacked against the wall for months. When Claire started picking them up and spreading them around the house, I knew I needed to do something about it...
In the meantime, Claire is greatly enjoying her magnet board and chair, and I'm happy to have a functioning, decorated nursery for her.