Tuesday, December 27, 2011

First Christmas for Walt

I'm so behind on blogging, but it's been a hectic couple of weeks, as I'm sure everyone has had!  I even back-dated this post so I could put it in the 2011 blog book. Cheater!  We finally got the whole family well JUST in time for Christmas.  Chris, Walt, and I headed to Gilmer the Friday before Christmas to spend the holiday with Chris' family.

Before we left, we decided to open a few gifts at our house under our tree. Walt wasn't really feelin' it, but mom and dad sure had fun!

Daddy and Walt ready to get into some gifts

This picture is deceiving because it makes it look like Walt actually knew what he was doing. He did enjoy tearing the paper once it was off the package.
In Gilmer, we relaxed and ate some delicious food.  We had a big Christmas Eve dinner with Chris's parents and sister's family.

Walt's cousins, Sarah Madison and Kate, with Nana

Maddie loved helping Walt out. It was super sweet
Christmas morning we woke up and just took our time hanging out in our PJs. In fact, we relished in the Christmas morning calm so much that Walt didn't open his gifts until after his first nap.  We realize that opportunity will likely never ever happen again!  Walt was blessed to get some awesome musical and singing toys, some clothes from mom, and books. He also got this rad horse from Papa and Nana.  Enjoy the video I posted of Walt attempting to ride the pony.

Me and that Munka Man!

Papa trying to help with the horsey
We hope everyone had a nice, relaxing, and blessed holiday with their loved ones. I can't believe 2011 is coming to a close! What a year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Petri Dish

It has been a long week in the Bruns household.  Walt was sent home from school around noon last Wed. with a low-grade fever.  As they should, the school sends all kids home with a fever of 100.4 or higher.  Walt's was dancing right around that mark.  He had been a bit coughy and wheezy, but these are all normal symptoms for Walt when he's not feeling well. Certainly nothing alarming.

Chris and I took turns staying at home Wed and Thursday, and by Thursday night Walt seemed on the road to recovery.  Friday morning he took a turn for the worse.  He was coughing relentlessly and snot was literally pouring out of his nose. Here's a pic of the sad Munka:

I took him to the doctor on Friday and 2 hours later we learned he has RSV. It's basically the virus that causes bronchitis or pneumonia.  With babies and elderly, you need to keep an eye on it. All I have to say is it was a loooooooong weekend. Breathing treatments, coughing, steroids, antibiotics, crying, coughing, sneezing, coughing, (not a lot of sleeping), coughing....

Walt is NEVER a snuggle bug. He's way too busy. But when he was sick, he slowed down enough to lay on his belly in my lap.

We finally saw a glimpse of normal Walt on Sunday night. Just in time for mom to start feeling like poop.  Seemed pretty routine to me: just a little congested and tired (probably b/c we had slept so crummy all weekend).  Mon. I woke up with the leaky faucet, but decided to power through it. By the time I got home last night I was wiped. I downed some Nyquil (never ever taken that before!) and put myself in bed by 9:15.  I stayed home from work today and cancelled all my meetings. I'm serious about getting better!  Chris is feeling a little sniffly, but I keep shoving Zicam down his throat so hopefully we can keep the disease at a minimum.

We are hoping to all be well by Friday when we start our Christmas vacation! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Walt is 11 Mos.

Um, wow. I can't even believe our baby is on the heels of his first birthday. I started this blog about a year and half ago to document our growing family. Somehow when I envisioned it, I didn't mentally make it to this point in Walt's life. But, what a cool and surprising time this is!

Walt's personality develops every single day. We had the opportunity last week to see him in action in class and he's a social butterfly (and sort of a ham!).  He loves his MyGym class and doesn't stop for one second (except during storytime, which he finds super interesting).  Here's what the Munks is up to now:

  • Eating -- he still takes 4 6-oz bottles a day, but we're getting better at table food. He loves grilled cheese, string cheese, graham crackers, and pizza. He's a carbie, like me :)
  • Sleeping -- this is one thing I don't think I could ever complain about with this guy.  He never protests his bed (naps or bedtime) and always sleeps a long time.  I hope he teaches our future children his tricks.
  • Crawling/Standing -- he is the speediest little crawler and loves to pull up on things. Lately he will let go of what he's pulled up on, cut his eyes to me, then laugh. He's a little show off !  He hasn't made any attempts to move (walk) while standing alone. Like my other mommy friends, I'm a-okay with this!
  • Talking -- Walt is starting to try and say things while pointing. He points at EVERYTHING. He often uses this as a means of bossing us around. He can point at me, point at a light switch, grunt a couple times and I know that means he wants the light on.  He also loves to point at his friends.  The word he probably says the most is "uh-oh" and it's usually preemptive (he'll say uh-oh THEN drop his sippy cup on the floor).
  • Making faces -- he's just started this where he makes silly faces.  He likes to squint his eyes or wrinkle his nose then lauuuuughhhh
So, I've already started planning his first birthday (shocker) and I'm having serious mixed emotions about it. I never thought I'd be so sad about him growing up. I know it just gets worse from here. He's still a baby in my eyes and I love him so very much!

My happy crawler

Big boy! That gym is not at all intended to support his weight, but he loves it still
He was giggling like crazy with me trying to get him to sit still!!

The one single pic of him sitting still on the couch

This is there favorite thing to do. If Chris is lying anywhere (couch, floor in kitchen, carpet), Walt crawls up and attacks!

The super duper happy guy :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

3, 2, 1.... SURPRISE!

What a week last week was, and it was nothing but good! As many of you saw on Facebook, we pulled off a surprise party for my mom for her 70th birthday. By way of background, my mom's birthday is on Christmas Day. Pretty special, right?  We think so, but it certainly makes celebrating her birthday challenging (let alone a milestone).  We are often opening Christmas presents and b-day presents at the same time. We wanted this birthday to be ALL about mom :)

My sisters and dad and I started talking about this last Christmas. See, I'm not the only planner in this family!   We had a place and the list complete by late summer.Two kinks happened along the way. At one point my mom nonchalantly mentioned to my dad that he better not plan a party for her...she'd rather take a trip. Oops. We just ignored that. Kink #2 was we had the party, list, decor, DJ, etc all booked up but hadn't given much thought to how we'd actually get mom to the locale!  Luckily some of her friends stepped in and the plan was flawless.

The party was HUGE. About 80 of mom's closest friends came, including her brother-in-law from Nebraska (my mom sadly lost her sister to cancer earlier this year -- this out of town guest was very special!).  Of course, we had a DJ and danced, danced, danced, for nearly four hours. Two-step, twist and shout, Boot Scootin', Cupid Shuffle, Low (FloRida...you read that right. not a typo. my parents love this song??), and even some N Sync.  We all had a blast! My sisters and I had so much fun decorating and planning this.

For your viewing pleasure, here's video of the big moment. You can see mom gets immediately mad at my dad. I also have weird, squealy voice in this. It was the adrenaline seeping out!

A few final words about Ronni Mitchell :) -- if you don't know my mom, she's the greatest.  Many of my friends call me "superwoman" trying to balance family, work, school, etc, but my mom is the original superwoman! She is constantly juggling 700 things at once and loving every single thing she's doing.  She has an amazing, fun-loving spirit; she has a level of faith that many of us will never know; and she's a true fighter.  She might look tiny and petite, but this woman packs a punch. In her mid-40s she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, and has been cancer-free ever since.  She's been a runner for the better part of her adult life (another inspiration for me!) and continues to do physical activities that people 10 years her junior couldn't do.  She has a fantastic sense of humor and is this first to laugh at anything (even herself). My mom has and continues to teach me things about being a mom and a woman and I'm so lucky we could celebrate HER for one night. I love you, Mom!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I have a question for mommies (and daddies) out there. As many of you know (or don't), I'm a bookworm. I will research the crap out of anything. Before buying big things (appliances, cars, etc), it's not out of the realm of possibility to create a spreadsheet comparison. That being said, you can imagine what happened when I had a baby...

Now, I'm not SO rigid on my readings that I consider them the Bible. I read to become informed and apply to my experience. In all honesty, my best advice and lessons come from friends/family who I ask what they'd do. Which brings me to naps :)...

Walt is about a week shy of 11 months. According to my favorite, trusted books, he's still easily in 2-nap zone. Walt naps usually around 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 or 2 p.m. (these fluctuate depending on the day, time he wakes up, how long the previous nap is, etc).   I should also mention that Walt never ever (ever ever ever) fights his naps. He always lies right down with no fuss (maybe an occasional conversation with himself).

Walt's school is transitioning him to the next older class. While they are committing to work with me to TRANSITION Walt, they've also made it clear that this new class naps once a day.... at 12:30 p.m.  Let me restate, Walt's school is being very cooperative. I am just curious about a few things:

1. When did your kid(s) drop the morning nap? (age)
2. When do/did your kid(s) take their ONE nap? (what time)
3. How long do your kiddos sleep?

My gut is telling me that Walt is a ways from dropping his morning nap, but maybe he'll just wake up one day and not want it. I also think the one-nap time seems early? Would love your feedback!