Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Watch out, Breakfast. Here comes Oscar!

We are celebrating a victory in our house tonight!  Oscar not only survived an egg challenge, but passed with flying colors.  If you're wondering what an egg challenge is, read on! If you're not wondering, you should read anyways :)

Several years ago, when Walt (yes, Walt) was merely 18 months old, we discovered he has a peanut allergy.  Turns out, after confirmation from the allergist (like we needed that. I mean, look at those pics!), it was a pretty severe allergy.  Fast forward to Oscar and we were avoiding peanuts just because we were anyways.  I was always nervous about the typical allergens, but this one surprised me. He had been eating foods like waffles and even baked goods, but one day right after he was one, I gave Oscar some scrambled eggs. While not nearly as severe as Walt's peanut reaction, he definitely got rashy.  It was also at this time that Oscar was putting up a pretty hefty fight with "reactive airway disease" #asthma.  He was in and out of urgent care and even made a few trips to the hospital. Since there were lots of factors going on, we decided total egg avoidance was the way to go (if you're curious, we did a full panel blood test on Oscar. His high-risk allergens were peanuts and eggs).  The following year we did the skin test for both and they both showed high reactions.  

Over the last year, Oscar's asthma has been very well maintained. With the help of an amazing pulmonologist/allergist, we were able to find the right balance of preventative meds. Now that we had that under control, I was ready to take a second look at eggs.

And so was Oscar. We had to do a lot of coaching to undo years of programming that eggs are bad. Oscar is SO well aware of his allergies (like brother) that he'll ask if a piece of gum has eggs or peanuts.  


We must have done something right. This is his eager (anxious?) face right before his first bite
In a nutshell, here's the challenge. At the doctor's office, in a very controlled environment, Oscar would eat tiny amounts of eggs, wait some time, then try a bigger dose. We started with something like 1/16 teaspoon.  Vital signs are taken before the eggs then 30 minutes later (before the next dose). The eggs were simply scrambled eggs that we made and brought. Nothing to it.

Vital signs 
Eeeek! Eating eggs!

And waiting as patiently as possible
I don't really know what I expected. I think I figured he's at least get some hives or get a little red around his mouth. Nothing.  Not to mention he LOVED the eggs. This poor guy didn't get to eat breakfast and was teased with tiny tastes of eggs every half hour. He was a champ through it all and requested tacos for lunch, so that's what we had!
The final dose in a medicine cup
We were at the doctor's office from 8:30a until about 1p. The last dose we had to wait a full hour. He passed with flying colors. Dr. Moore suggested that we probably not serve breakfast tacos for dinner, but that he was free and clear to eat eggs. He said that the clinical reaction is 95% accurate, so I feel pretty good about this. I think what we are MOST looking forward to is enjoying cake and cupcakes at birthday parties!


And here is the little Stinks man on the way home. He was so tuckered out from his big morning!





Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vivian Elise is 7 Months Old


Another month has flown by. It was an especially insane month between moving, every sickness known to man, and just general adjustments. But, we can't skip over Vivian's 7-month milestones!


Viv continues to be a pretty rockstar baby.  As it goes, her personality is shining every day. While she's pretty laid back, she definitely enjoys the company of others.  She is most happy watching her brothers goof off (or laughing while Oscar is crying) and she enjoys sweet puppy kisses from Bentley.  



Vivian's two biggest milestones this month were sitting up (which she did right after her 6-month birthday) and sprouting two teeth (which happened right at the 7-month mark).  She also has progressed into eating most stage 2 baby foods. She LOVES eating her fruits and veggies. She absolutely loves green beans and peas (are we sure she is a Bruns?), and she is getting the hang of puffs.  She also has been messing around with a sippy cup. We have some work to do there.  Vivian has stretched her bottle feedings during the day to every four hours. She only drinks 6 oz at a time (if that). This petite little appetite is so very foreign to me!


She still sleeps like a champ (bed around 6:30 or 7p and awake around 7a, but happy to hang out in her crib). She still kind of naps when she wants, but we noticed at home she can rock two good naps (90min+). Those naps are usually around 9/9:30 and 1:30/2.  At school she is more of a cat napper.


There are very little things that make this girl unhappy. She fusses if she's tired or hungry, but is easily soothed by addressing those needs or just snuggling her.  She is comfortable with new people and loves touching people's faces to get to know them and show her affection. 


How could I forget that she's babbling!?  She very distinctly says "dadadada" and does this funny little suck-in squeal when she's happy.  Here she is telling us a good story in her language:


We love our tiny, petite little girl so very much!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Home, Sweet Prosper Home!

We made it!! We managed to move our family of 5 into our beautiful new house. We are SO happy and blessed to finally be here, but God bless it -- this was not an easy week.


Luckily we had started the packing process when we staged.  This also means that we've been half packed up since October, so everything has felt a little chaotic (ok, a lot. #newborn).  Despite my major purging efforts, these tiny humans just accumulate stuff! (there are other 4-letter words for it). Once we TRULY started packing a few weeks ago, it really felt like it would never end. Little did I know that packing would be the least of my issues.

We moved during Spring Break week, which was perfect because we could send Walt to Camp Gilmer and the littles still had daycare. That meant we should have 8-9 hours each day of solid work time. There's a saying about the best laid plans...

We closed on Mon and the night before Oscar started to say he didn't feel well. We thought there was a bit of jealousy over Walt going to Gilmer so we brushed it off, like good, loving parents do.  He kept at it on Monday morning, so I took him to the doctor 2 hours before we were supposed to sign on the dotted line.  Turns out, he had strep. Ok, no big deal. Strep = antibiotics, which means he can be back to school on Tuesday when we actually move.  As we were doing a few things at our new house on Monday afternoon, we get a call from daycare. Vivy has a fever. She's been acting like she's teething for weeks, so I assumed that's what it was. For whatever reason, I decided to take her to the doc on Monday afternoon (last appointment of the day).  After powering through a strep and a flu test, we got a positive result for the flu. UGH.  No school for 2-3 days. TWO TO THREE DAYS.

So, when the movers arrived on Tues, I had an adorable infant attached to my hip and basically became a drill sergeant (those go there, these go here, take this, move that...!) The movers were amazing and had us fully in our new house by 3 p.m.  We still have many boxes to unpack, but we are here! I managed to snap some pics on Monday before the place became cluttered with cardboard.


A view from the living room, into dining, into kitchen. The front door is just to the right of this pic.
A closer view of the kitchen. Cabinets are lacking door pulls, which should come this week!

The island that will serve as our eating table most of the time!

The opposite kitchen, dining, living room (I LOVE THE BEAMS)

We had some gorgeous curtains installed by La Belle Designs. This experience was off the charts. She picked up on my style within 10 minutes and had some incredible recommendations

Pardon the box. Admire the drapes :)

The spiral staircase I never knew I wanted!

Maybe our favorite spot in the house? A front courtyard with wood-burning fireplace. We have since put all our patio furniture out here (sorry, backyard) and properly experienced the courtyard with a lovely glass of wine (or 10).
 
More drapery work! This is the master bedroom. I really wanted to preserve the natural light from this big bay window.  These curtains do the trick!
Master bath (my vanity is in the foreground and we're looking at Chris's)

Another Master Bath shot with the tub and walk-in shower to the left.

Finally making it our home. Dinner is on the table -- including Ms Viv who makes it all complete! 
 
And here's a pic of the house (not quite done), but with a gorgeous blue sky behind it.

Chris and I as proud new homeowners! Read my lips : we are never moving again. We spent a lot of time and energy making this home our own. I'm sure it will be a labor of love for many years to come, but THIS is the home the Bruns kids will grow up in :)