Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

While this is technically Walt's 3rd Easter, it's the first one that we've really fully celebrated. We always celebrate with a nice family dinner, but we've sucked pretty bad as parents at the whole Easter Bunny/egg hunt thing.  I still didn't quite make it to every activity, but I blame Walt's sudden tummy bug.

This year, Nana and Papa Bruns came and stayed with us, then Easter afternoon we went to my sister's and my parents came too. Not our first time to blend families, but I know that I'm so blessed and lucky to have two amazing families that feel like one.  Walt took to the whole Easter basket thing like a champ. He LOVED opening up each egg and seeing what was inside. Since he's not much of a candy eater (yay for now!) I filled the eggs with Annie's Bunnies, stickers, and some quarters. He thought the quarters were pretty stinking cool.  I even had a couple dollar bills in a few, but he was way more interested in the quarters. He got a kick out of putting them in his piggy bank.

Here's some of the fun we had with the families

Feeding the ducks after dinner

Engle and Bruns boys... looking for trouble

Three generations of Bruns! I'd say those are some pretty great genes!
Feeding ducks with Jaelyn, who's a total pro.

I can't wait til next year when there are two boys who get to celebrate the Easter Bunny and have so many more things to be thankful for!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I Frow Out

Let me translate. "I frow out" is what Walt said in the midst of a three-hour puking spree from about 9:30p.m. until just before 1 a.m. last night.  He means he threw up. He kept saying "throw out", which kinda made me giggle.

I'm not sure what kind of virus that boy got a hold of, but we had a wild 24 hours. Throw up is just plain gross. Adults, children, dogs... it's all disgusting.  And what a helpless feeling when your poor baby is just heaving away and all he wants to do is go to sleep.

After Walt's first incident, we striped the sheets (thank you, waterproof mattress cover) and put a fresh set on, washed him down, gave him some water and got him settled. About 30 minutes later the cycle repeated. I eventually ran out of sheets (we don't have that many for his bed. We have two sets and one extra set for the trundle). So, Walt and Chris made a palette of blankets in the gameroom and camped out together for the rest of the night.  It was such a sweet and sad site, all at the same time.

He only threw up one more time the next day, but pretty much didn't eat for 48 hours. He's all better now, but what an unexpected opening to our Easter weekend!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Walt's a Slugger

When Chris went to Ireland, we had our first bout of Spring weather. And, boy how gorgeous it was!  Walt and I played a lot in the backyard. We spent most summer outside last year where Walt perfected his golf game and learned to kick a soccer ball. We did have a baseball bat/ball for him, but the bat is pretty heavy and making contact with the ball was pretty impossible.

Well, without me even reminding him about the batting motion, he up and pulled these tricks out of his hat. While I didn't capture any full contact moments, you'll have to trust me that he was batting in the .200s. I was pretty impressed! No tee or anything!

He's practicing what Daddy taught him... Step and throw!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pregnancy Update: 25 Weeks

I knew I'd be worse at documenting this pregnancy this time around. That's no joke. The last belly pic I took was at 17 weeks... er, that was 8 weeks ago.  Whoops!  I wish I could say that it's because I'm so busy and just haven't had time. While that's not a lie, the real reason for no belly pics is this pregnancy has progressed at lightning speed. I'm growing faster, gaining weight more easily, and all in all feel like I'm about 6 weeks ahead of where I am.  I will share my belly pics, but I'm not doing comparison pics, b/c it's painful (call me vain!).  If you really want to compare, you can hunt for the pics yourself, buried in my blog in 2010.

Regarding the pregnancy as a whole, the second trimester has delivered true to it's promise. I've felt pretty good despite the massive belly.  I've been dealing with way more lower back/tailbone pain.  This happened from very early on in the pregnancy. I see a chiropractor in Frisco who specializes in pre- and post-natal care. He is pretty amazing and I would highly recommend him for any other pregnant mommies. His wife is currently pregnant with their #3, so I never feel like he doesn't know what's up.

We have a dr. visit next week, but everything has been looking great (thank you, God!).  As I enter the third trimester, I'm trying to enjoy these days that I have some energy!

25 weeks of a very well-fed baby!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

When Daddy's Away, Mommy and Walt Will Play

Chris took his annual trip to Ireland this week. It's this killer trip where he gets to go to Dublin for St. Patty's Day and broadcast live from the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Not a bad gig at all! Because of my current state of being, it wasn't a good year for me to try and tag along (5th time will be the charm).  But, it was the first year that I really felt like Walt kept me company. We had a very busy five days, but it was some seriously fun mommy-son bonding time. There's no other way to tell it than with pics:

Hanging with my guy, waiting for my parents to arrive
Friday night was dinner out and Aunt Jess even came to meet us! (The weather really couldn't have been more awesome). Patio weather, yes please!

Saturday morning, we snuggled up in bed together... with all the stuffed animals.

Walt was clearly excited for some shorts weather too!

We went and watched cousins Jaelyn and Jameson play soccer. Walt was very enthralled!

More snuggle time, but this time in mommy's bed.

Happy St. Patty's day!

We even got to go to the park with Austin (complete with a sticker from the grocery store)

Because he was SUCH a stud while dad was away, Walt was treated to some froyo with his buddy, Reese.

By the last night without daddy, I was completely wheels off. Dinner on the couch? Why not.

It is definitely exhausting to watch after this guy with out a second set of hands, but we had the BEST time.  Walt was truly my little buddy and made every second worth it. It was nice to get the one-on-one bonding time before Oscar arrives!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Big Boy Bed!

I feel like we've been talking about doing this for months, but we finally pulled the trigger. We have begun transitioning Walt to a big boy bed.  This was a tough decision because Walt would probably sleep in his crib until high school if we let him. He's not an escapee (although I'm fully prepared for Oscar to be).  Walt is an incredible sleeper -- he happily entertains himself before bed and when he wakes up. All things I wasn't excited to give up. While there were definitely some struggles (it took one night for him to realize he could get out of the big boy bed), the process has been pretty smooth!

Why are we moving Walt when he's so content? I really, really didn't want to buy a second crib. The crib does transition to a toddler bed, but that's it, so it's shelf life is relatively short. 

We started with the tactic of having both the crib and the bed in Walt's room. I'd say this was successful. There were definitely nights he chose the crib, but he ALWAYS wanted to start in his big boy bed. We also realized that once Walt got down from the bed, he couldn't get back in (it has a trundle). So, we had to put a little foot stool by it. We also had to do some training about what we do when we wake up (the idea is to read books). Fingers crossed, he's been doing a great job of this the past week.  I have to say, I think daylight savings actually helped us in this matter! Walt doesn't have a problem going to bed when it's light out, and it being darker in the a.m. has kept him in bed longer. I'll take it.

Did I mention we got a video monitor? I realize most people get this for their infants, but we never had one (and frankly never missed it), but I was panicked about what Walt was capable of with some freedom. I thought he'd go into the bathroom and immediately turn on the tub and drown himself. Morbid mommy!

There it is!! Big boy bed and new bedding. You can see the crib still in there on the left.
Daddy reading books before bed. Walt loves this.

This is what it looks like when Walt gets out of bed. Straight to the door. Notice the child locks on his door handle since he's smart enough open the door.

All sorts of turned around, but he's quietly reading, so I can't complain (this was nap time)

This was one morning this past weekend. Walt grabbed a book and was reading. Victory!  (Don't judge us for the paci... one transition at a time, people).

And here's a little preview of his new room. Blue-gray walls with a  rad orange stripe.  We have the rest of the bedroom furniture and some other projects to complete this. Stay tuned :)

We are SO proud of how good Walt has done. No more crib for this big boy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Perot Museum

I've been thinking lately that things may seem hectic with a toddler (and don't get me wrong, it's a mile a minute in the Bruns' house!), but things are about to get ridiculously hectic in the middle of the summer.  Having complained every single weekend I was in school that I felt like I was missing out on so many fun things (which I really didn't, I just had to become a master of my time!), I have decided that we need some fun things to plan.

Admittedly, this is challenging. Not because we don't want to, but Chris works Sat and Sun mornings, so oftentimes I like to spend at least one of those afternoons taking care of "me" stuff (errands, an occasional mani/pedi, etc).  Well, if I could master my time while working, going to school, being a mom and wife, surely I could do it now. I just needed to move around some priorities.

Today we explored the much-talked-about Perot Museum downtown. I have to say, it lived up to the hype. Walt was so overstimulated, he didn't know which way to look or run. True story: it's a complete madhouse on the weekends, but not unmanageable. And Walt did a great job holding our hand and being a trooper.  Here's our visit in pictures:

Checking out the produce truck in the children's museum

The purpose of the phone was to learn about growing vegetables. Walt thought he was talking to someone important.

Enjoying playing on replica of Downtown Dallas

Dad and Walt waiting for the elevator
Exploring the ocean floor!

Walt and Daddy practicing their best weatherman skills.  This was after Walt got to touch a tornado!

Highlight: Dinosaurs!!!

Walt was seriously fascinated with the dinos!
 Like I said, it was a great experience. And Walt did awesome on the car ride there and back. This is something we'd definitely do again. Maybe during the week next time :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Baby #2 has a Name

I know I said this when we were trying to pick Walt's name, but this baby-naming business is tough work!  In a casual poll among other new mommies, we agree that boys names are tougher than girls. I thought I exhausted through "great" names for boys with Walt, but when I looked back at my list for Walt, I hated all the options (except Walt).

So, Chris and I hit the drawing board to start the naming process again. Without further ado, here's the name, then I'll talk about how we got to it.
Oscar Angelo Bruns
Oscar was a name that ended up on our list pretty quickly. We were looking for old school names like Walter. The problem is, with the exception of very few, old school names can sound REALLY old. (Like Walt doesn't sound old, you say? I know... but Walt had such a cool ring to it, and now Walt is so totally Walt).  I just couldn't put my head around "Harold" and "Enoch". The other old school names are the really common ones (great names, don't get me wrong, but not what we were going for).  So, the list slowly got whittled away to about four names and we just started calling him Oscar. Then we did the Walt Test... we tried each name with Walt. Oscar rolled off his tongue like butter!
Angelo is a family name. It's my grandfather's (my mom's dad) middle name (he was Michael Angelo... Italian enough for you?). Since Walt's middle name (Hill) is a family name on Chris's side, we liked idea of some family significance in the middle name.
There it is! Little Oscar is one active guy. I thought Walt moved around a lot, but Oscar is a true acrobat and has been since very early on. I better get ready!