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Brennan Baby #4!

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Brennan family sitting announcing pregnancy

Well, if you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably haven’t heard the good news that Gordon and I are expecting our fourth child! We are so so thrilled with this news and so happy to share a few more details of the pregnancy with you today.

This story starts waaay back in September of last year when I started taking fertility medications to try to get pregnant. I had new doctors in the city, so they were going off of my old records with the previous doctors I had in Portland when I got pregnant with my boys. I got my medication and off we went. Problem was, month after month, my body was just not responding to all the medications like they once used to. It had been nearly four years since I took my last round, so I expected there to be some differences, but the exact same dosages were feeling so different in my body. After three rounds of fertility medications, I was done with them because I just felt terrible on them. Plus, they obviously weren’t working. 

So, end of November-beginning of December time, Gordon and I decide to end these medications and plan on only having three kids. Three is a nice number! We can still fit in a small car with three kids! We are used to three kids! Three kids are cheaper! We can stay in our apartment with three kids! But there were obviously other plans in the works here.

The beginning of January, Gordon and I did our no sugar challenge but by the end of the month I was feeling funny. Not sick or nauseous, but different. And this feeling would come and go. Most of the time I just felt totally and completely fine! Like my normal self. I shrugged it off and thought it had to do with the no sugar thing.

A week later, I had this weird feeling again, so I decided I would take a pregnancy test just to confirm that I wasn’t pregnant and could rule it out. Talk about a surprise. The test turned bright pink immediately. I snapped a picture and sent it over to Gordon who was at work and we both were completely dumbfounded. Like “I obviously wasn’t taking fertility medication to get pregnant, so HOW did I get pregnant?” 

I called my regular OBGYN doctor and made an appointment to confirm the pregnancy. They took a blood test  and urine sample and she decided to just do a quick ultrasound for a quicker result. (She totally thought I wasn’t pregnant.) To her (and our) shock, I was already 8 1/2 weeks pregnant…and still feeling totally normal btw. She was like “oh look, there’s the heartbeat” and we were like “HEARTBEAT? Wait, what?” Completely shocked.

We walked out of the doctors office with the cutest little sonogram pictures and a due date of September 17th. We have continued to keep this little miracle under wraps until I was further along in the pregnancy. We, of course, told our families several weeks ago along with a few close friends who could keep a secret. Ha! 

Between 9 and 12 weeks, there were only a handful of days where I felt completely exhausted and had to nap and only once do I recall eating something that turned my stomach. Oh, and on the last night of our cruise when the sea sickness really was making me nauseous. Other then that, I’ve been totally fine. I haven’t felt like I’ve been pregnant this whole time. Obviously, my pants hardly fit now and I have a belly, but besides those obvious indicators, things have been smooth sailing. 

So currently, I am in my second trimester and am feeling relatively great. Still sometimes need to lie down in the afternoons, but haven’t thrown up or felt gross at all. Haven’t had any cravings with the exception of onion rings one time last week and V8 this week. That’s it. This baby is taking it easy on me.

I ordered some maternity clothes just to get me to summer at which point I’ll switch over to t-shirt dresses and flip flops all day every day. July and August miiiight kill me because I’m going to be so obnoxiously big, but I’m hopeful that I can keep the weight gain under 30 pounds, since I’m still seeing my trainer and working out 4ish times/week. (With Brooke I gained 50 lbs, Blake was 40, Eddie was 30, so I’m on the downward trend.)

Lauren standing in the street
Little baby belly at 14 weeks.

Our doctor recommended we do all the genetic testing and everything has come back perfectly. Baby is 100% healthy and continues to grow right on track. And because we did all that testing, we know the gender of the baby and are so so happy about it. Not sharing that little detail quite yet with you all, but soon you will know 🙂

So between the baby and the move, we are elated with the new life changes coming our way. One of you readers mentions how blessed we are and that’s exactly how we feel. So thankful to God for allowing us to get pregnant without the fertility medications and having been able to find an apartment we can afford that will give us room for another little human. We are so grateful we can see God’s hands in our lives as things fell into place for our family. Even though New York City isn’t our favorite, we know we are supposed to be here and God is helping us along in our journey. 

So, thanks for sharing our joy with us. We can’t wait until September! 

Ultrasound picture
Cutest little profile! Can you believe this was only at 13 weeks? Baby was sucking its hands and was so stinking cute!! Already obsessed.

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  1. Felicia Haro

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you guys!! You have such a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your wonderful news. I will be having my 1st grandbaby in October 17th. Congratulations again..

  2. Denise Fonda

    Lauren, I am so happy for you Gordon and the kids. I hope you continue to feel good! Try to stay cool as the city moves into the warmer weather.

  3. Sue

    Congratulations Lauren & Gordon!! I don’t know if you have time to read all the comments on your blog, but several weeks ago I made a comment about the two of you making such cute kids and I said you need #4. I’m happy for both of you and I look forward to seeing the pictures of your new little ‘Miss’ or how exciting it would be for identical twins!!!!!

  4. Barbara

    I’m so happy for you and your husband. I’ve been following you for sometime now and enjoy it very much. I’m praying that the rest of your pregnancy will go very smooth with no difficulties at all.

  5. Anne

    Congratulations! I am also expecting my fourth baby this August. I found out on Christmas. Here’s to a hot sweaty summer!

  6. Susanna

    What wonderful news!! Congratulations on baby #4. God is good and I am happy to hear that your path is being lit by Gods light. Your family is so sweet and this is one of my favourite posts.

  7. Candice

    How precious. I am a mother of 4, 2 of each. I am getting ready to turn 59 and I still want a new baby. My aunt and I want one every year at Christmas. She buys a new vehicle to soothe her disappointment but I just have to say: Maybe next year I will find one under the tree! God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Best wishes to all of you and may God bless you with a healthy boy or girl.

  8. Kathleen Mahlke

    Lauren ,I was having a bad day till now I’M SO HAPPY for you and your family! I love reading about all your adventures and you remind me so much of my son and his family.Thanks for all the great recipes and take care of yourself.

  9. Betsy Hanson

    Awww love this – my daughter is 19 (She still lives with me and goes to college) and my grandson is due May 15 – fun to see your ultrasound and be like yup we were there back in November. there are so many boy cousins so everyone thought this one would be a girl but nope. Funny to see the % picking girl on your Instagram post. Best of luck to you all!

  10. Amanda

    I am so excited for y’all!!! I started following you when Eddie was a tiny thing so I’m looking forward to following along with this new little one.

  11. sharon

    Congratulations. You do make beautiful babies! On a side note, I love your black wedge sandals that you are wearing with the black dress. Care to share where you got them??? Much thanks.

  12. Karen T

    Congratulations for sure and very glad you are feeling and doing so well and the baby is healthy too. Very happy for all of you!

  13. Dee

    Congratulations! May you and your family continue to be blessed with so much love and joy. Looking forward to day little Brennan arrives. Meanwhile, continue to be an awesome mom and wife!

  14. Dawn Brames

    You are looking fabulous! Praying that the rest of your pregnancy is as easy as you have had it and all goes well! Congratulations to you all!!

  15. linda

    Congrats! I bet its a girl ha! HOpe you continue to feel well in your pregnancy. I only had one but he was born in July and it was the hottest summer but he was worth it . H e will be 35 this year how time flies, I am waiting until the day when i hear the words your going to be a grandma for now I am a step grandma which is fine too. good luck.

  16. Susan

    What an absolutely wonderful story this sweet baby has already! Thank you for sharing the news of this blessing with us. Praying for an easy pregnancy and healthy baby!

  17. Kristy

    Congratulations! So happy for your family! You will be so impressed with how much your big kids will help you and Gordon with this baby!

  18. Linda D Hughes

    Lauren! Congratulations to you all!! I am a sonographer so I was trying to sneak an early peak at the gender but nothing is visible but a very cute little face! 😉 My husband and I had a little surprise person too!! Our youngest daughter was born when her sibling were 13, 7, and almost 4. It was an amazing shock and and she has been a total delight!! God does have a way of sneaking those little ones in on His time. Blessings upon you all!!! XXX OOO

  19. Jessica

    Congratulations!! I’ve been following along since you were pregnant with Blake – it’s exciting to follow with all the life evolvements. My guess is baby #4 is a girl 🙂

    I wish a smooth and healthy pregnancy.

  20. Linda D Hughes

    Lauren! Congratulations to you all!! I am a sonographer so I was trying to sneak an early peak at the gender but nothing is visible but a very cute little face! 😉 My husband and I had a little surprise person too!! Our youngest daughter was born when her sibling were 13, 7, and almost 4. It was an amazing shock and and she has been a total blessing!! God does have a way of sneaking those little ones in on His time. Blessing upon you all!!! XXX OOO

  21. Mary Lotempio

    Congratulations for your wonderful news, i’m truly happy for you.
    May God continue to bless you and your family.
    Stay well, healthy and happy!

  22. Marina

    Congratulations on baby #4. I also have 4 children, they are all grown now and I have 6 grandchildren with #7 due any day now ❤️

  23. Chrissy

    Congrats again! I am currently pregnant with #3 and am hoping to go for #4 eventually. (If I can convince my husband lol). I just love the idea of my kids having lots of siblings! ❤️

  24. Kelly

    Lauren!!! I’m soooo happy for YOU & Gordon & your family TOTALLY!! I hope You have a girl so Brooke will have a sister!!! Girls RULE
    I luv that you got a new place & it looked sooooo cool what you showed us in the Instagram stories! It’s soooo open & light(Er) looking than your last place…. hopefully it’s still in your familiar stomping ground areas?

  25. Caryn

    Congratulations Lauren! Such wonderful news for you and your family!! Your baby is due on my daughter’s birthday 🙂
    I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly, and I’m going to guess that you will be adding a little Miss to your family.

  26. Diane Brinkmeyer

    Looks like a girl to me…..or maybe a boy. But another girl would be awesome. Congratulations to all the family.