Monday, May 23, 2011

Must-Discuss TV!

Is it ironic that in my last post, I said I don't watch a lot of TV, but this post is all about TV??  It's true, I don't have a lot of shows that I watch. My "normal" schedule involves a full day's work and usually school, but now I've added a baby on top of all it. Not a whole lot of time to sit on the couch and enjoy TV. BUT, I love the shows I do watch and consider them my little escapes from reality.

Being this is finale week, I just needed to a forum to comment on everything! Facebook just isn't enough. So here goes:

1. American Idol
What a fabulous season this has been! It's odd, b/c I can't say I'm truly "in love" with any of the contestants, but they are all ridiculously talented. With the exception of Jacob, I've really enjoyed the top 10 or so. I will also say that Scotty has annoyed the living crap out of me.... until two weeks ago. I'm not sure what changed,but I thought his performance of "Where Were You" a couple weeks ago was touching, and his hometown visit pulled at ALL my heart-strings.  I think Lauren is adorable, but I think she'll be best suited in a group like Lady A, Sugarland, or Gloriana.  My official vote? I keep wavering, but right now it's Scotty :)

2. The Biggest Loser
I know this show is always the same stories over and over and over again. Emotionally and physically broken people get their lives back when they find themselves and lose 100+ pounds. Despite the cookie-cutter recipe, I just love everything this show is about.  I've been especially touched by Hannah and Olivia, the sisters. I think the fact that they are SO CLOSE has touched me. My vote to win? I love Olivia :)  My at-home winner? I hope Courtney shows up looking SMOKIN'. She had lost 100 lbs on her own before joining the show where she lost another 100 lbs. She's a force!

3. The Oprah Winfrey Show
I can't say I'm an avid Oprah watcher (certainly not before I stayed home for three months with Walt). But, I've always liked Oprah's ideas, I've read some of her book recommendations, and she's always uplifting women (I'm not a feminist, but like female champions).  The end of her 25 years is the end of an era. Kinda like how I watched the last episode of Seinfield, but never religiously watched the show.  Her star-studded event should be fascinating, and I'm sure her final show on Wed. will bring me to tears.

4. Glee!!
Where are my fellow Gleeks!?  I truly believe this is one of the best shows on television...not just this season, but potentially ever.  They cover so many important and real topics with such poise and grace (i.e. the sex talk with Kurt and his dad was brilliant).  But, I also love how amid the tough topics, there is so much positivity and, duh, song and dance. It's beautiful!  The past several episodes I've teared up.  The season finale will be in NYC, which is now mixing so many of my favorite things.  I am a little on the fence on the original songs, but we'll see how it's executed.  Can't wait!

5. The Office
This season finale was last week. This is not a show I normally watch on a regular basis. In fact, most of The Office that I've seen has been in syndication. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this show. I love all the characters. We've been watching this season mostly out of curiosity as to how the whole Michael leaving thing would unfold.  Honestly, for as much as I love Will Ferrell, I was underwhelmed by his performance.  He had funny parts, but I don't think he stole the show at all. I certainly thought the finale episode where they interviewed new managers to be very comical. Check out all the candidates and even vote for your fav: My favorite candidate? Probably James Spader's character (CREEPY!) or Jim Carey (a favorite actor of mine). We'll see what happens next season.

And finally, as most shows wrap up until September (nearly four months from now!), another fantastic favorite is starting:

This show never fails to entertain and normally elicits lots of tears from me!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Surprises and "Well, Duh's"

The past two weeks are, and continue to be, really, really, super challenging as a working mommy of a four month old. The poor little Monkey has had a cold for two weeks that has progressed to bronchiolitis. As many of you have seen from Facebook, we are trying anything and everything to get him better. There have been many a sleepless nights in the Bruns' household!

Since I've been spending so much time staring at the Munks, I thought I'd share two lists with you. The first being things that have surprised me about Walt. The second are things that I pretty much expected all along. Enjoy!

Surprises
  • Light-colored hair / not a lot of it -- I was CERTAIN Walt would come out with a full head of brown hair. Chris has very very dark brown hair, and I have a true Italian's thick head of brown hair.  Instead, Walt's is thin-ish and very light... almost red??? I know his hair can fall out and change, but for now, this is bizarre to me.
  • Green eyes --  Again, I know his eyes don't necessarily stop changing color until 9-12 months, but this was another area I was certain we'd have a brown-eyed baby. I have dark brown and Chris has light brown eyes. If my 9th grade biology serves me right, I'm pretty sure these are dominant. Welp, not our baby!  Walt's eyes are this awesome shade of gray/blue/green/gold.  I actually think they are most similar to his cousin, Mitchell!  They certainly are gorgeous and I wouldn't mind them staying just like they are.
  • Loves TV  -- this is definitely random. I don't watch a whole lot of TV and I certainly don't sit down and watch it when Walt's around b/c it's too hard to pay attention to! Although, it's sometimes on in the background. And, boy, if that TV is on, Walt stops everything he's doing and starrrrrrreeeeessssss......  Chris teases that we're going to put a TV in his room (one thing I am strongly against!) so that he will be quiet when he wakes up at night.
Well Duh!
  • Long and lean -- ok, this is pretty obvious. Chris definitely has this build, and I suppose I'm tall-ish for a girl. My oldest sister is 5'10" and also long and lean. So, there was lots of potential here.
  • LOVES being on the go -- Walt is extremely social. He loves to be out-and-about and really enjoys being around people. He is never shy to flash his gummy grin at strangers (these days: doctors and nurses). He truly adores being outside in any form or fashion, and does exceptionally well in the car. This on-the-go trait is totally me. I rarely can just sit still.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Walt is Four Months!

Here we are at another monthly update!  This is a fun one, because Walt saw the doctor at four months old, so I have all sorts of fun stats.



I realize the second pic is kinda blurry, but I had to showcase how happy Walt is in his Bumbo. He loves to be big. :)  So, at the Dr. G's this week we found out the following about Walt's growth:
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs = 50-75th percentile
  • Length: 26.3 in. = 95th percentile (!!!)
He is a very long and lean boy. Just like dad. Pretty much every feature about this little guy is like his dad. I will continue to hold on to the fact that he has my hands and feet. Very long and skinny feet and giant hands. Both things better suited for boys than girls, so I'm glad he got them.
Walt loooooves to touch things now. He can hold on to toys, but he hasn't quite grasped (pun intended) all the mechanics that go into grabbing and holding.  Definitely once he gets something, the first place it goes is straight to his mouth.  He also loves feeling things. One of his favorite things is to rub and touch on Dad's face :)


Walt still spits up and drools like a champ, but it doesn't really bother him in the slightest. We go through 5-7 burp clothes a day (at least).  He is constantly wearing a bib. Matter of fact, in the pic above, you can see remnants of some spit up on his left side.

Walt is capable of rolling, but he doesn't understand how to really execute it.  We've also recently stripped him of his swaddle (note to parents and future parents: this has been torture b/c Walt has slept through the night since 8 weeks, so to revert back to getting up every two hours has been SUPER painful!).  Luckily, I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. He had some good stretches last night.

With some assistance and/or propping, Walt can sit for a little bit. By a little bit, I mean like 2 minutes.  His round bottom either slides forward or he tips over to either side.  He also LOVES to stand assisted. 


Here is the long boy at the end of the photo shoot. :) He is such a trooper and lets me fumble and mess with him all the time.  Walt has brought so much joy and laughter to Chris and I (we didn't even think we needed more!) and we are so grateful to have such a healthy and happy boy.  Every single day, week, and month just gets better and better :) Can't wait for the future!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Our Favorite Things: Part II

Now that I'm a full-fledged working mom, I took a look at our baby inventory and realized what I loved 3 months ago has evolved.  Don't get me wrong, our first set of favorite things was absolutely essential at the very beginning.  We just have a new set of faves.  So, here goes.

1. The Bottle Rack.  It's the simplest little invention. Just a plastic frame with notches to hang things. But, boy oh boy, is this thing handy! When I get home from work, I dump all my bottles in a big silver bowl of hot soapy water, rinse, and hang here over night. This particular rack holds the pump parts quite nicely as well. Perhaps the best $19.99 I've spent so far :)


2. Bottle Labels : These little things were recommended from my friends Janna and Gina (both, ironically, from Tyler).  They are the BEST.  During Walt's first week of school, I fumbled with tape (which promptly crumbled from the bottle upon washing), and permanent marker (again, couldn't survive a good washing). These little plastic guys not only display Walt's name loud and proud, but the color is a dead giveaway.


3. The Angel Care Monitor: A while back, I totally panicked when Walt decided he had the ability to flip from his back to his belly. I know it seems silly, but everything you read says your baby will die on his belly (more or less). So, out of fear and fear alone, I bought this motion-detecting monitor. There's a sensor you put under their mattress in the crib.  I must say, I love this thing! We probably love that it shows the temperature in his room the most.   It is actually a great sound monitor too. All in all, a smart purchase.



4. The Rear-View Mirror Mirror: I definitely did not think I wanted nor needed this contraption.  It's basically a mirror that lets you see your rear-facing baby in your rear-view mirror. Overall, Walt is a total champ in the car. Not sure if it's b/c I toted him around from such a young age (he's like an accessory for me!), but he does so good in the car. BUT, there are moments. It's nice to glance back to see if he's quiet b/c he's sleeping or b/c he's not breathing. And the mirror is helpful in maneuvering the "over the shoulder, reach behind, insert passy" move.

 3.  The Bumbo Seat!:  Last week when I dropped Walt off at day care, the sweet teacher took him from my arms and plopped him in a Bumbo seat. My jaw went straight to the ground. I had no idea he had the muscle strength to sit in it! Turns out, he LOVES being big and sitting in this! For those of you unfamiliar, the Bumbo is a seat that supports babies before they can sit on their own. I realize this is a short-lived asset, seeing as once he can sit up, it's rendered useless. For now, it's super fun!

Another fun surprise, is Walt just loves to sit in this and POOP. Seriously.  Nine times out of 10, I sit him down in here and within five minutes I hear a rumble.  Perhaps this a precursor to potty training ... HAHAHAHA!

That's our list just shy of four months into this.  I'm sure six months will roll around, and we'll have a new batch of favorites. Until then, we're loving the little guy and all his antics.  I'll leave you with a silly pic :)
Walt is gaining control of his hands, and now attempts to grab the camera when I try and take pictures. He's already warding off the papparazzi!