Brennan Baby #3!!

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IMG_0378Happy exciting news ahead!

Gordon, Brooke, Blake and I are so so excited to announce that a new little member will be joining our little clan this January!

We always wanted a third child but since it was such a struggle to conceive Blake/convince him that he wanted to leave heaven to join our super cool family, we weren’t sure how this whole ‘get pregnant’ thing was going to play out. We actually tried a few months prior to get pregnant with some fertility meds and clearly that was a bust. Ahh, infertility. What a pain in my side you are…literally. It is not awesome.

WELL, to our surprise, delight, shock, amazement, etc., etc., I was able to get pregnant without having to do any rounds of fertility medicine. When we actually found out that I was pregnant, Gord and I just sort of looked at each other and were like “um, ok?!?!”  Like, we both had a ‘how did this happen!?‘ look on our faces.

Maybe my lady parts are finally starting to understand how they’re supposed to work after all.

Highly unlikely, but we’ll take any more babies that God will give us. Children are such a blessing; infertility definitely gives me perspective on that.

So, here are all the details of my pregnancy thus far:

How far along are you?

A few days shy of 15 weeks! Hello 2nd trimester 🙂 So, if you do your math correctly, I’m due the end of January. Wednesday the 27th to be exact. And if history repeats itself, I will also have this baby on it’s due date like my first two.

Weight gain?

10 pounds so far…I typically gain the most of my weight at the beginning of my pregnancies because the only food I can stomach involves carbs. Since I gained 60 pounds with Brooke, 50 pounds with Blake, I’m aiming for anything under 40! #babysteps

How have you been feeling?

From 5 weeks on, I’ve had the worst morning sickness ever! It’s been the worst out of all 3 pregnancies and it lasted the longest too. Talk about awful. I forgot how 24/7 nausea really puts a kink in your day. I never threw anything up but I almost wish I had so I could at least have those few moments afterward of relief. Beyond 11 weeks, the nausea tapered off and so did the exhaustion, thank heavens! I still need to lay down every afternoon for a little, but things are starting to get back to normal. Ok, semi-normal.

How have you been sleeping?

I don’t know if it’s my age or because this is my third pregnancy, but I have been the most uncomfortable that I’ve ever been in my life as I sleep. Turning from side to side is quite the ordeal because my round ligaments are giving out on me. The pain is real, folks. Also, from the beginning, I’ve needed a pillow to tuck under my teeny tiny belly. It’s just more comfortable that way. I typically will get better sleep during my naps than during the night. If it’s not round ligaments, than its having to pee every 5 minutes or being overheated. I hope as the fall weather sets in, my body adjusts. And, I feel like the further along I get the better this pregnancy will get. At least that’s the hope.

Exercise? Yay or Nay?

Yes! I’ve been trying to keep up with my exercise routine as best as I can. Obviously, I need to take things a little slower and not be as rigorous, but I’m still doing my elliptical machine, spin classes, body pump classes and the occasional brisk walk on the treadmill. I’m hoping this will keep my weight gain below that 40 pound mark. My doctor noticed a little flutter in my heart beat the last time I was in the office and he said that I should not overdo the cardio because my body has already increased it’s blood volume by a lot, hence the flutter. So, I’m doing my best to work my muscles more than my lungs.

Favorite moments during this pregnancy?

Finding out I was pregnant. That was a TRIP. Also, being able to see my baby at 12 weeks on ultrasound! I had some genetic testing done and part of the testing is measuring the baby between 11 and 12 weeks. It is so amazing to see this fully formed little person moving around! This baby likes to move and I even caught the baby opening and closing it’s mouth and sucking on its hand. The miracle of life is amazing. Just sayin’.

Boy or girl?

I don’t technically know yet, but my mother’s intuition is screaming girl. We will be thrilled with either, but I have a feeling it’s a girl. I’d be surprised if it was a boy. With my luck it WILL be a boy. This baby has been throwing us curve balls from the beginning.

Have the cravings started yet?

Sort of. Occasionally, I will crave random things but for the most part I haven’t really had any. At the beginning of my pregnancy when I had a hard time keeping food down, I would think about different restaurants and all their menu items to see if anything sounded appealing. Only twice was I lured into such locations to eat a meal out of the whole 6 weeks I was feeling crummy: once to subway for a 6″ tuna sub with a side of baked chips. The other time was to McDonalds for an egg white egg mcmuffin with an orange juice. Random, but they hit the spot.

Some other cravings I’ve had post-morning sickness include: beef jerky {I usually HATE beef jerky}, watermelon, caprese ANYTHING, anything made with heirloom tomatoes, really sweet summer peaches, sour patch kids, onion rings, cold milk, homemade bagels from the farmer’s market.

Are you looking forward to anything specific during this pregnancy?

Finding out the gender and giving birth! I cannot wait to see what this little person looks like.

How does this effect that ebook you were in the middle of writing?

Oh yeah, my second ebook! It’s still in the works and I haven’t forgotten about it, but I did have to push back some dates because of my 6 week long nausea stint. Now that I’ve gained some energy back, I can devote more time to it. Now we’re looking at a September/October release date. I promise it’s coming. But, I feel like this is a really good excuse 🙂

What does this mean for the blog?

This means a whole lot more family/baby blog posts and a little less food. Since I will soon have 3 babies to take care of {gulp} I’m going to have less time to develop recipes. Obviously, I love to cook and will post recipes as soon as I am able to, but as my life unfolds with fun surprises {like this pregnancy} I will have to make adjustments of how I spend my time and these days, I choose my family. On average, it takes me between 8-10 hours to develop & test a recipe, photograph it, edit images and write a blog post. Since I have nearly 1000 recipes on my site, that’s a whoooole lot of time. BUT, posts like this take me an hour or two. So, in the future, you can expect my posts that involve:

>travel
>restaurant recommendations
>best baby gear
>maternity clothes post {what I wear, where I got it all and prices….like my stitch fix posts, but with cheaper options…like H&M, Target, etc.}
>Family updates
>pregnancy updates
>obviously more recipes!
>and anything else you’d like to see….tell me in the comments below!!

If this doesn’t work for YOU and this is something you don’t want to read or be a part of, you are welcome to find other blogs that focus more on food. Heck, I could even refer you to a couple, depending on what you’re looking for.

BUT, if you like my writing style, my random everyday musings of my children and my husband, I’d love for you to stick around. I love being a wife and a mother and want to showcase that more on my blog because that is what will work for me. Thanks so much for your understanding, your daily support and kindness. We appreciate you all 🙂

Thanks, friends! xoxo

Lauren, Gordon, Brooke, Blake & Baby Brennan

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65 Responses
  1. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Yeah! So excited. Morning sickness sucks but at least it is over.
    Excellent choice for the blog. I would expect nothing less from you . Family first.
    I’m pretty sure I won’t have tried all the recipes on the blog before you have time to focus more on food.

  2. Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen

    Congrats!! I am so happy for you! I just had baby #3 in March and since my family is my #1 priority too some weeks I only post once a week. I am so glad that you are making your family a priority. I hope your pregnancy goes well. I’d love to see pregnancy updates.

  3. Lauren L.

    So happy for your family!!! AND I LOVE seeing posts about the kiddos/husband/family ….more will only make your blog better! 🙂 your writing style is awesome and watching your family grow is wonderful!!!

  4. Malinda @ Countryside Cravings

    Congrats and how exciting!!! I can totally relate to the morning sickness and only being able to stomach carbs. Why is that??? Well, best wishes to you and your family!!

  5. Dominique

    As a mother of two (hoping for #3) someday in the near-ish future not only do I love your blog for the food but mainly for your writing style, love for your kids, love for your husband and mostly your personality.. like.. Can you please move here and be my best friend? ?

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