Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Viv's 4-month Stats

Vivy's 4-month well check was a few days after her 4-month birthday, so here goes...

Weight: 12lbs 8oz (14th percentile)
Height: 23.5" (12th percentile)
Head: 16.5" (82nd percentile)

A few observations... we got a petite little nugget here!  Oscar at four months was 5 whole pounds bigger at 17lbs 5 oz.  That's more than 25% bigger than Viv! The stat that has me scratching my head is her height. I'm 5'6" and Chris is 6'2".  That said, there's a lot of Italian in my blood and if you've ever met my sister, Kathy, or my mom then you know that tiny people do exist in my family. Also, this teeny little body of her has to hold up a pretty good sized head! I guess some things are consistent from kid to kid.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Another Christmas in the books but this time as a family of five.  Chris and I agree that this was one of the best Christmas's in our lives together. High praise! I am so lucky to work somewhere that shuts down from Christmas Eve through the New Year. That's not to say that the days leading up to Christmas still aren't insanity. But once we got to Christmas Eve, things were marching along nicely.

I took the boys with me to Christmas Eve service at my parent's church (and the church I attended growing up). We aren't church-goers normally (insert Satan emoji), but that doesn't mean we aren't spiritual and grateful people. All that said, I thought it was important to expose the boys to some pretty basic church concepts. They were really awesome!  Then we headed to Papa Ronni and Papa Chuck's for Christmas Eve dinner.

All dressed up!
Daddy's Girl
Before she went down for bed. She was obsessed with this dress (atta girl!). She kept grabbing the tulle a staring at it in awe.

The boys were so exhausted when we got home that it was maybe one of the easiest bedtimes yet. Fast forward to Christmas morning. Walt was such a stud and stayed upstairs until his brother woke up and then this happened...

Baby girl in her festive PJs

Even she got a new toy!

Walt loved every single gift he opened and did a great job passing out gifts. He only struggled with things labeled in cursive :)
After our little family Christmas, my sister's family and parents came over for round two!

What's Christmas morning without some alcohol!?
While we made it out of PJs, I don't think we left the house for almost two days. We had tons of new things to play with and just enjoyed the company of each other. We have SO much to be thankful for (so so so much) and this down time really allowed us to reflect on that!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Vivian Elise is 4 Months Old!

Little miss is four months old! This last month was really fun (as things typically are between 3-8 months...juuuuust in time to go back to work). Lucky for us (me), I've had the luxury of having Vivian home with me during my first month back at work. We had so many wonderful helpers for her including my mom; my mother in law; an incredibly generous neighbor, Kari; our very first Bruns sitter, Maddie;  and my niece, Abby. Vivian was loved on a LOT this past month!

Our big girl has settled in to a very nice routine. It sure makes it easy to plan the day, but it does not make it easy to leave the house. Viv is still eating every three hours during the day. She takes 3 solid naps around 9a, 12p, and 3p.  Most of the time her naps are an hour, but she definitely does whatever she wants. She is napping almost always in her bassinet (which is still in our closet), but has tried out her crib a few times and did perfectly. In a pinch, we let her nap while we are out an about (pretty much every weekend day), but those naps are short then make for a crabby baby later in the afternoon.

We go to the doctor on Tuesday for an official check up, but look at her little round face! I think she's packing on the pounds. She's still in 3 month clothes, but I think she's super close to transitioning to 6 month. Something else she's super close to doing is rolling over. She arches her head all the way back around. She just needs to throw an arm over and she's there.  This girl is in no hurry to break any records like the boys were. I'm totally ok with that!

Viv continues to be a champion sleeper, which has made this whole "3 kids" thing a lot easier. She feeds around 6:30/6:45 and we don't see her again until 7 or 7:30a.  

Other things Vivian is into are her hands, grabbing things and attempting a full on assault with her mouth, giggling for her brothers, talking and cooing, taking walks, sucking her thumb.  Things Viv could do without are long car rides, being left alone, reaching the end of her bottle.

I'll do another update after we see the doctor, but Vivian seems to be growing just perfectly!  One last thing: her eyes are still very blue. Will they change??

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Celebrations

This weekend we really got in the holiday spirit.  Not just because the temps dropped to arctic levels (that's enough out of you, Mr. 9 degree windchill), but we had holiday programs and Santa visits galore!

First, on Friday, both Chris and I got to visit Walt's classroom for his Winter party. The volunteer parents did an outstanding job with great activities.  Despite the insanity of our personal lives, we are both so lucky to be able to step away from work to enjoy these moments.

Are biggest guy cheesing it up

"Egg" races (ps, this cutie girl smoked Walt. He was leading the whole time, but got careless at the end and dropped it).

Making a penguin 
Mom helping Walt make an igloo

Dad helping with the penguin

The hit activity was dressing each other up as snowmen...

I think Walt makes a pretty good frosty guy
On Saturday, we got to see our little performer, Oscar, sing in his school's holiday program. Last year he was a bit intimidated by the crowd (he was 2.5 years old), but this year he waved emphatically at us and sung his little heart out.
The guy in the green hat with maroon pants near the end is pretty cute :)

Doing all the hand motions like a boss

Posing with our friends afterwards. Notice Oscar.

Two very sweet friends (Makayla) from a school we love so much!

Look at this handsome guy!
And finally, we made our annual trip to see The Big Guy this weekend. We told the boys that Dub (the Elf) won't come until we go see Santa (hey, we needed to buy some time during all those showings). So, Oscar told Santa he poops in the potty and wants trains, while Walt asked for a video game and for Santa to send his elf.  Vivy didn't cry, so she was great. And just like that, we have three little people sitting on Santa's lap...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Monday, December 12, 2016

House Update #3 - SOLD!

It's been a while since I've done a house update, but truthfully, there hasn't been much to report. Since September, we've pretty much just watched the exterior come together. But, in the last several weeks we've listed our current house for sale, SOLD our current house, and seen lots of progress on the new house.

Let's start with the current house. We listed it for sale the week I went back to work. No, that wasn't hectic at all.  I had spent free moments of my maternity leave purging stuff in our house, but there was a bunch that we couldn't (didn't want) to do until the last minute. So the Great Purge 2016 happened. To show off our hard work, here are some pics...
Exterior shot (which we took back in October before things got really brown)
It doesn't look like 3 kids live here, huh!?

The kitchen I will be sad to leave behind

Master freshly vacuumed.
 The short story is we sold the house in 7 days. We were SO thankful because keeping the house this spic and span with the kiddos (and dog) was not easy. Also not easy was getting everyone out of the house for showings.  The best part of the sale is we are leasing back our house until March and shouldn't have to move twice (fingers crossed).

Now, on to the new house! I'll let the pictures do the talking:
There have been lots of overcast days, so this is one of the last pics we have with a blue sky. Being prepped for stucco.

Stucco done and shutters up! (Shutters will be painted gray)

A different angle on the exterior.
The kitchen in work....
Cabinets being painted

As of 12/22 (I cheated this post date), we have all cabinets in, hardwood floors in (not stained), countertops, and stone work on the outside is probably halfway done. Biggest things left (I think) are floor/wall tile, carpet, electrical (like lights).  Our target time frame is early March!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vivian Elise is 3 Months

Our little princess is 3 months old already! I know things won't slow down (in fact, they will probably speed up)! This also marks the end of my maternity leave. I go back to work on Monday after Thanksgiving. So, this is also the end of a very well-defined piece of my life. More on the end of this chapter later.

Let's talk about Vivian!  Her little personality continues to come through each day.  I stand beside my statement that she's a very easy baby. That being said, she's still a baby and she definitely has opinions about things. Don't let her get too sleepy or she will definitely let you know.  She's settled into a pretty predictable schedule.  She wakes up around 7:30a, eats every 3 hours and takes 3 solid naps with a fourth cat nap while we eat dinner.  Her naps are usually only about an hour long, but a couple days ago I woke her from one that surpasses two hours!

The most impressive thing about her schedule is she continues to dominate at night. She started sleeping through the night (from 10p) at 4 weeks. I kept the 10p dream feed until this week. Dr, G advised we continue it because Viv is still a tiny nugget.  Last week she could barely stay awake for 10 minutes during the dream feed so I made an executive decision to drop it.  Not only did she power through and never look back, she is sleeping even later in the mornings! A+,  Baby Viv!

Vivian's newest trick is she's capable of giggling.  I got her to give me a few giggles doing random things, but she truly belly laughed at Oscar last week.  We haven't completely unlocked her giggle triggers, but I absolutely love hearing her tiny chuckles.

Our other latest development is we think we have a thumbsucker! Since the day she was born, Viv has always been obsessed with her hands. She's my only baby that refused a swaddle and was totally content with it.  She's always had her hands by her face.  I've caught her with her thumb on occasion, but recently she's made the connection with her thumb and her mouth and is so happy about it!

Viv is also really watching things. She loves sitting in her play seats or on the floor and following her toys. She coos and goos at them, kicks her legs, and has begun to try and hit them.

One last thing I have to make sure gets documented.  We get so many compliments on Vivian's beautiful blue eyes (and they ARE beautiful!) Both the boys were born with blue eyes.  Walt's turned brown pretty quickly, but Oscar's took 9 months to change. There was a period of time when his eyes were green and I hoped they would stay!  It is nearly impossible to tell from pics of the boys when they were infants that their eyes were that light.  I am realizing you can't really see Viv's either. If someday they turn brown, I want to remember that she had pretty blue eyes at one time in her life.

Our sweet, smiley sister
 We just love this little girl so much!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Walt Soccer - Fall 2016

We wrapped up another great season of fall soccer with Walt's team: Team Chaos.  These boys have been together since they were 3 and now they are all turning 6.  It seems crazy to say, but they have truly come SO far.  All us moms were commenting at the last game how much fun they are to watch. We are all sideline parents, yelling at our kids, and cheering them to victory. We truly have lucked out with one amazing group of little boys. Here is a quick video of our favorite #8

Walt continues to tell us that soccer is his favorite sport (but truthfully it changes daily).  I will say that he improved noticeably this year. He's gained some speed (for being a stocky guy, that's a big accomplishment) and he's super skilled at defense. He can boot the ball halfway down the field!

Chris and I continue to learn a lot about the sport and we know why it's so popular. Lots of energy and athleticism! We look forward to watching more futbol games in our future!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Oscar Soccer - Fall 2016

Oscar first organized sport is in the books... thank goodness. Phew - that did not go as we expected. Granted, when we started Walt in soccer, he was six months older, but this experience should have been marketed as 3-Year-Old Cat Herding.  Talk about wheels off! If someone wasn't crying, screaming, yelling or dancing, then someone was pushing, pouting or generally NOT kicking a soccer ball.  Kudos to our coach for powering through this.

All that said, the boys really did have a good time and I do think something was learned. Oscar loved running up and down the field, so there was that. #burnenergy

Here's the group of rugrats. Note: Oscar was the youngest player on the team, He's also the biggest.

Despite the shenanagans, this little buddy sure is cute in a soccer uniform.  We're going to try again in the spring and see what happens.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Bruns Family Halloween

Phew! Halloween kind of snuck up on us! All of our attention has been on a clock and a calendar (Ok, it's Tuesday so Oscar has soccer; Ok, it's Friday so Walt has to dress like a piece of cotton candy; When does Vivian feed again?) but apparently the 31 on this month was meaningless until we remembered it was Halloween!

Luckily, I ordered the boys' costumes before Vivian came. Before you scoff at my preparedness, this strategy was wrought with failure. If you know anything about 3 and 5 year olds (especially the former), they change their minds a lot.  I was banking that the boys wouldn't change their minds for 2 whole months. That's a toddler death trap!

But, all ended well and we had a great time.  Have I mentioned we love our neighborhood? This is going to be a tough place to leave next spring. We had a huge group of kids and a great group of adults.
We all played along! (Even Bentley, the Underdog)

My big boys!
This one was so in love with being a police officer. He walked around asking everyone how he could help them. 

The littlest Bruns is a tiny little Halloween baby :)

Walt is a fierce ninja!

Having fun being adults!

One more of this guy because a) he's cute and b) this might be our last "cute" Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vivian Elise is 2 Months!

Here we are again! Another month. Time is on a freight train right now. I barely remember month one.  Now sweet Viv is two months old and I know it's just going to come faster and faster.

I hate to say Vivian is the best baby because someday the boys will read these blogs and be jealous.  But, Vivian is the best baby :) (Sorry, boys!).  That's not the say the boys weren't.  In fact, I've been pretty lucky in the baby department.  I know this means that Vivian is probably cooking up a grand ol' time for us when she's 14 years old, so we'll just enjoy this while we got it.

This month Vivian learned the art of smiling. While she flashed her first grin at me around 4 weeks, she's been using her cheeky little smile to let me know she's happy more and more. Things that make her smile are the fan, her car seat toys, mommy and daddy.  Here are some of her best cheeses:

Viv is awake more and happy when she is awake. She's on a pretty predictable schedule. She eats pretty much every three hours starting at 7a all the way through 10p.  The 10p feed is a dream feed, then we don't hear a peep until 7a (rinse and repeat). After she eats, we play for a bit, then she typically takes a nap. Sometimes it's a solid nap of 60-90 minutes. Sometimes it's a series of cat naps.  When you sleep 8 hours at night, you don't complain about what happens during the day ;)

At Viv's 1 month appointment, she only weighed 8lbs 3oz. Just 4 oz bigger than her two week appointment.  Given her demeanor (A+) we weren't overly worried, but I started feeding her longer (not more often), taking Fenugreek to support my milk supply, and drinking Mothers Milk tea.  2 weeks later, she gained a full pound! Yay! It has been so strange having a small baby. Just this week I transitioned Viv from newborn sized clothes to 0-3 months. Eight weeks in!  Walt wore NB sized clothes for 2 weeks and Oscar skipped them all together!


  • Hands - We still love sucking on our hands. It's only a matter of time before this becomes a thumb thing
  • Outside - Viv loves walking outside, sitting outside, anything outside! This has been great as the weather is cooling down
  • Bath - If you're paying attention, you know that Viv hated her bath last month. She's grown to enjoy it, but hates it when you remove her. 
  • Cuddling - Vivian is a great little cuddle bug.  While she's pretty awesome at chilling out in a play seat, she always prefers being held and walked around. 
  • Having her picture taken - Our 1-month photo shoot hit a snafu on her actual 2-month birthday. She hated it.  Proof:

We have had such a blast getting to know our sweet Vivian over the last two months. She's getting cuter and cuter and that personality is growing each day. We are excited to continue watching her grow!