Friday, September 27, 2013

Oscar is Three Months!

Oscar is quickly becoming the cutest kid on the planet #totallybiased.  He is such a happy little guy and super go-with-the-flow.  We always thought Walt was a pretty laid back baby, but Oscar is even more so! He's content awake or asleep. He can easily go four hours between feedings (though I still keep it to three), but he rarely gets cranky because he's hungry.  The only times he really gets upset if he's sleepy, but as long as we put him to sleep pretty quickly, he's perfectly fine.

As I was about to write this post, I went back and read about Walt at 3 months. It's a good thing I did, or I'd sound like I copied and pasted everything.  Oscar is doing much of what Walt did at 3 months. Here are some highlights:

  • He has found his hands (like big bro!) - he loves staring at them, and really like sucking on his hand or arm
  • He likes making noises - he especially loves to have non-sensical conversations with anyone who will play along
  • Almost laughing - occasionally we get a half giggle out of him, but usually he smiles REAL big then breathes all the way out until all that's left is a funny little squeak. He's either working on his laugh, or that IS his laugh and we need to prepare him for some ridicule
  • He eats about 6 oz each feeding (though I'm gradually sending him to school with a generous 6 oz) and who knows what he's stockpiling when I nurse him in the a.m. and p.m.
  • We still swaddle him, but I think those days are numbered. Refer to bullet #1 where he like to suck on his hands.
  • Oscar no longer eats in the middle of the night. He sleeps roughly 7p-7a, but still has some early morning wake-ups that we hope fade away soon (those don't mesh well with my early alarm to get ready for work)
  • Oscar takes 3 solid naps a day (anywhere from 1-2 hours) and often takes a little 30 min. catnap after we pick him up from school.
Here are some pics of the Stinks monster..

I feel like he got real big and chunky this month :)

There are those hands!

My happy little man!

Monday, September 16, 2013

As those 12 weeks come to a close...

Wow. I can't believe my maternity leave is up.  12 weeks on paper seems like a long time. If you told me that my next vacation was in 12 weeks, I'd think it was forever away! 12 weeks from the date of this blog is just before Christmas. I can't decide if I should start panicking or breathe a sigh of relief.

In any event, my 12 weeks of pure Oscar bonding time is up. Now it's time to figure out our new (and likely more permanent) routine. But before I stress about that (omg, I have to get up at WHAT time??!), I'd like to commemorate a very important piece of my maternity leave. As I've written, my BFF Stori and I had babies just 10 days apart (that is in addition to our firstborns, which are a whopping three months apart).  During my leave, Stori and I committed to a once-a-week visit. Not only did we uphold that, but some weeks we even got a double dose.

There's not enough room in my blog to express how special those visits were.  For anyone who's been a new mom (and even soon-to-be new moms), you know the true understanding that comes from fellow mommies. I'll take it even further to say that having a mom-buddy that is experiencing the exact same things (sleepless nights, poop explosions, swaddle vs no swadde, nap frustrations, and general what-the-hell-is going-on) is completely invaluable.

So, I thought I'd share the evolution of the babies during our 12 week "party"...

one of the very firsts... sleepy babies

I mean, how sweet??

ok, so the first several visits were a lot like this. Lots of sleeping for babies and chatting for mommies

FINALLY! They are both awake... this is probably close to week 9

Impromtu visit... one of our only out-of-house ones... babies sleep, mommies get pedis

And our very last meet up we intentionally planned with mimosas.  Stori and I both left crying.
For anyone that doesn't have that mommy buddy, find one! Or better yet, text me! I love talking babies and strategizing ways to make them sleep, eat, or do whatever it is you want. I couldn't have a better buddy than Stori and I'm so thankful for the past 12 weeks!

Friday, September 6, 2013

What exactly DO you do on Maternity Leave?

I'm about to enter my last week of maternity leave and I can't help but be sad about it. Can't I just sit and watch Oscar all day until he's like 10 months old and getting into everything?  My sister, Michelle, and I were were agreeing how babies are so fun from about 3 - 10 mos. They pretty much can't do anything wrong!

I quietly laughed to myself this week as I had to submit 5 vacation days for my maternity leave (common practice). Maternity leave is so far from a vacation, it's not even funny.  Unless you like vacationing and not sleeping.  But, given this was my second go at this "leave" from work, I knew I needed to take advantage of some added flexibility.  Here are the FUN things that come with maternity leave:

1. Impromptu pedicures - what to do when your BFF calls at 1:00 in the afternoon and says she's on the way to the nail salon with her newborn? Uh, drop everything and join her, of course!

2. TV catch up - I'm a DVR hoarder. I admit it. I have great intentions to watch all these TV shows that everyone talks about, but usually what happens is I record them, never find time to watch them, then get overwhelmed when I see 10 episodes of one show (not to mention several shows) piling up on the DVR.  Well, thank you, breast feeding!  30-minute breaks six times a day/night makes for a great way to get through that pesky DVR. I'm all caught up on so many shows... to the point that Chris went to Poker Night in the neighborhood a couple weeks ago and I wondered what I was going to watch b/c I had nothing left on the DVR!

3. Lunch with friends (and wine) - Ok, of course I can go have lunch while I'm working. But, for some reason it's so leisurely when I'm not working. And of course there is the occasional glass of wine, which is always a treat.

4. No make-up and workout attire - I raved about this during my first maternity leave.  I have zero shame when it comes to wearing no make up. I do not even care one bit.  It's to the point that Chris notices when I have some on :)  And let's not mistake wearing workout clothes for actually working out.  Yup, I'm that mom.

While I'm going to miss these little perks tremendously, I'm truly going to miss all the QT I've been able to spend with Oscar. I know he's going to thrive at his school but I hate "missing" stuff. I think I question every single day that I'm doing the right thing, whether that's how many times Oscar has slept that day to these bigger decisions like me working full time. I have to remind myself that there is no perfect formula and a happy mommy = happy baby. Walt seems to have turned out ok so far :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Bruns' Boys in Moving Picture Form

I realized it's been a while since I've posted some vids of the boys. Come to think of it, Oscar has yet to make his moving picture debut on the blog.  So, I am sharing two of the boys' favorite things.  Walt is quite the little golfer. So much so, that he is distracted from his own golf game in this video by golf on TV.

And these next two are what Oscar does best: SMILE. One is Chris getting him to smile and the next is me. They were both taken around 8 weeks.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Oscar's Room

Nothing like posting pics of Oscar's nursery 2.5 months after he's born :)  In truth, his room was actually 95% complete before he was born (miraculous, I know). Chris and I were literally hanging pictures just days before I went into labor.  Probably the reason the nursery got back burnered for the blog was that Oscar has slept in our room (okay, okay - he sleeps in our closet. Don't judge.)  I've started having him nap in his room for the past week or so, which is what reminded me to post the pics!  We'll be moving him to his room overnight starting next week.

Most of the artwork is the masterpiece of my neighbor, Heather, who runs a calligraphy and graphic design business called Design Roots.  She's uber talented. Check out her site :)

The only thing that's missing from his room right now is the glider (which currently resides downstairs) and a lamp. I also need a home for all the adorable stuffed animals. Don't need a baby suffocating on all that plush! Here's a little tour of Mr. Stinks' room...
View of the room as you walk in. The walls are a mushroom color with a navy stripe

Shot #1 of crib. It's Walt's crib, but the bedding is new. Navy and lime green.  The bumper has little white stars on it.

Another view of the crib (chock full of stuffed animals). The middle bumper ties are secured with button thanks to a suggestion by Heather, and executed by my other neighbor, Jenny.  #outsourcing

Sorry for the blurry pic. I was holding a squirmy Stinks boy.  Frames on the wall. Upper left needs a pic, from Stori and the print on the right is handwritten by Heather "Look t the stars, look how they shine for you"

More Design Roots artwork! Lyrics to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Last piece of art from, you guessed it, Design Roots! Precious birth stat print. I've gifted lots of these. Great new-baby gift.