This Week at the Brennans’

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Gordon and the kids walking the streets

It’s the final countdown!

Here’s what happened this past week:

Well, I have a little over a week left in this pregnancy and my terrible attitude is starting to show! I am so ready to get my full lung capacity back and stop being in so much pain. I think this little one isn’t so little anymore and will probably be tipping the scales over 8 pounds. I’m not sure if that’s actually quite true or if that’s the pelvic girdle pain talking (it hurts so so much), but either way, he’s getting chunky up in there. He hasn’t dropped but is still looking perfect in my belly at the last appointment. Hoping he will come early, but if history repeats itself, this baby will come right on his due date, 09/17. That’s what we are planning on.

Lauren pregnant mirror slefie

Back to school was this past week! Eddie started up doing his three full days at preschool, Blake started grade 1 and Brooke started grade 5! I can’t believe she will be in middle school next year!

Eddie love his preschool and his two teachers are wonderful! I was concerned that the full day (8:30-5) would really tire him out, but he seems to be thriving with this schedule. He has school Monday, Wednesday and Friday but still asks to go to school on Tuesday and Thursday too. He comes home raving about the toys and the friends he’s played with. If we have had any problem, it’s that he doesn’t want to come home when we go to pick him up. 🙂

Blake started first grade and has been loving these past few days. The school did a really great job at jumbling all the classes to make sure they were well mixed. He only has three friends from last year in his class this year, but that didn’t stop him from people calling across the yard “hi Blake!” and him yelling right back to them. Blake is such a social, well rounded kid. So far he loves gym, recess and lunch. Haha! Also, he was able to start his two after school programs (science and park exploration in Central Park) and has really come to love them!

Brooke and Blake on the sidewalk

Brooke is in 5th grade and was probably the most nervous of the bunch. Going on the first day, my kids are only assigned a classroom without knowing who the teachers are. She ended up getting a class with two teachers (the boy teacher she wanted plus another girl teacher) and was concerned because “two teachers means there are a lot of bad kids in class” but after attending a few days, she has come to love her teachers. I’ve also heard really good things about both teachers from other parents who have been at the school longer than we have, so that was nice to hear. Brooke’s after school programs are homework help (because she loves getting her work done right away after school) and playground games.

She also volunteered to be on the Safety Patrol team at her school to help the younger grades get to their classrooms every morning. Apparently a lot of 5th graders volunteered for these positions and the principle did a lottery and Brooke was one of the lucky ones who got a spot! We thought it would be a good thing to put on her middle school application and she agreed, so we have to get her to school early every morning to be there to help. It’s so fun to see her try new things and actually like them.

I do have to say that I planned this school year out like a professional mother. Eddie, Brooke and Blake are busy at school Mondays and Wednesdays until about 5pm which will be amazing once this baby comes. Those will be my days to recover and rest or get some work done. Then on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, we’ll be out and about or just laying low at home.

Eddie standing on a sidewalk

Gordon is working evenings this entire week before he gets two weeks off for Paternity Leave, so if I happen to go into labor one evening, he can meet me at the hospital since its about half way between his office and our apartment. Should work out nicely…if only this baby would come when I’d like. Haha! We’re not counting on me going into labor, but we are mostly ready! Bags are packed, apartment is mostly clean, stroller is switched over to the bassinet. Stay tuned.

On Saturday, I got together with some dear friends for brunch and a baby shower (or ‘sprinkle’ because it was super low key) for me, without the gifts…just what I wanted. So thankful for the friends I’ve made that are so kind and generous. I am so impressed with all of them and all they accomplish.

Here’s what is coming up this next week:

Hopefully a baby! Ha! Please cross your fingers for me.

Another doctor’s appointment for baby (hopefully the very last one this pregnancy), plus a facial and pedicure for me.

I am also stocking up my freezer with some pre-made meals (basically just from costco…ha!) and trying to keep up on the laundry.

Have a great week, friends!

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Lauren and Eddie in preschool

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19 Responses
  1. Emma

    My sister recently had her baby and it’s such an exciting time. It’s the first time we have had a nephew as a baby around us. Wish you the best of luck!

  2. Betty Fudge

    😃Loved ❤️ your post, looking good, know you are ready, love the pics of the kids, the are adorable, know this was made before 4th, now hope you are feeling better only a little sleep deprived, but he was a good size and will settle in soon.
    Hugs and best of luck, loved the recipes, you always make them look so easy, you are so accomplished, hugs 🤗 and

    1. Donna

      I just read this blog tonight, September 25th, so by now you and your family are probably enjoying your new bundle of joy. I can’t wait to see pictures of him, but most importantly I hope that mom and baby are doing well!

  3. Kari Jo

    So enjoy reading your blog along with the great recipes. Both of my daughter in laws are expecting! One lives in town and is due in January and the other one lives about an hour away and is due 9/26. I was going to try and make up some meals for the ones out of town and put in their freezer. So many recipes for soup or such say not to add the noodles and freeze. They also have a 2 1/2 year old who is not very picky about food (love). Do you have any suggestions that I could make up and freeze? My best to you and your beautiful family!

  4. Courtney

    I am crossing my fingers for you. Everyone says the last 2 weeks of pregnancy are the longest. I am glad to hear that Eddie is thriving in preschool and gabbing all about it. I can remember when you were concerned over the fact that he wasn’t talking at all when you 1st moved to NYC. It does sounds like you planned this school year like a boss. Brooke is looking so grown up. Can’t wait to meet the newest Brennan!!

  5. Denise

    Wishing you all the best with your upcoming delivery, my daughter had her second on August 17th so I’ve been following along with you.

  6. Karen M. Garcia

    Oh I really hope this little bundle of joy comes on the 17th since that is also my birthday🎉 take time and enjoy these last few days of your pregnancy.