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This Week at the Brennans’

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Porter in a swing
There are no pictures of Brooke in this post because she refuses to take pictures now. I promise she is still very much a part of our family.

Maybe I should title this one “this month at the Brennans'” because it’s been a while! But its good to be back and write out what has been going on!

Here’s what happened these past few weeks:

Well, the thing on all our minds has been the cancelation of all.the.things in our lives except for my blog and Gordon’s work schedule. Everything else has been put on hold, cancelled or moved to the digital platform. Didn’t see that coming.

We cancelled two vacations….or rather they were cancelled on us (not that we were going to go anyways.) Eddie is out of school until the end of April at least, Blake and Brooke are going to be starting school online very soon, no after school programs or playdates, no music lessons for Ed…and the list goes on. I know all the responsibilities fall to the mom usually, but I’m definitely feeling the pressure. It’s been a lot. I was really looking forward to a mental break that these two vacations would bring (a Disney cruise to the Bahamas for some warm sun to visit our nanny who’s a character on the ship and a trip to Ireland out in the country to relax and unwind) but again, not happening. I’m still bummed about it..and still have to call the airline to figure out refunds…or I guess rescheduling?

I’m so excited to share that we finally got a piano and the kids started piano lessons (yay!). We have a wonderful teacher that has the patience of 14 of me. She’s a saint. We are now facetiming the teacher for lessons until this social distancing thing blows over.

Also, Blake and Eddie started soccer! They LOVE it but that too has also been canceled for the time being.

I signed Brooke up for an orienteering program in Central Park this spring (hiking using a map and compass) with Blake doing Tennis and Chess too….which has also been postponed unless they cancel the rest of the school year on us which seems very possible at this point. I’m hopeful this will all blow over very soon but heaven help us if there is no school until the end of 2020 (which has been mentioned by the mayor a few times…say it isn’t so!)

Blake playing a piano keyboard

Unfortunately, Gordon still is working a lot. There is no work from home option for law enforcement; I wish there was! If only he didn’t love his job so much. Haha! He just switched squads this week so with this switch comes more travel. Totally sucks for me but I’ve gotten really good at ‘taking one for the team’. I dream of the day he will retire…or of any day I can work uninterrupted for 8 hours. *sigh* Feeling so unproductive, restless and very behind. Hence why its been a month since I last wrote an update.

Some big news that happened two-ish weeks ago is I got selected to run the NYC marathon this November! Some friends and I all entered and NO ONE GOT PICKED BUT ME. So I get to run it alone (doh!) and I’m so nervous about it. Like SOOOOO nervous because I’m ramping up my mileage really quickly and I’m not sure my body is quite ready or strong enough. I think I will be by November, but its freaking me out a little. Also, 26.2 miles is a long way to go. Eek! I think I need to get a running stroller so I can run with Porter while the other three are at school (…or at home?!)

A few weeks ago, I was able to go out with some girlfriends for some tasty Italian food and it was such a fun time. So delicious and such good company. I don’t remember laughing as much as I did for a long while. It was a nice change. I tried to convince them to run the marathon with me and they declined. Haha!

Pushing Porter and Eddie in a stroller
Trying to get groceries this week has been a nightmare. I waited 40 minutes in line to buy bread, milk and a few veggies. Eddie fell asleep like this.

Little Porter-bug is doing well. I took him to the pediatrician for a weight check because the doctor was worried about him and sure enough within the month he had lost a few ounces. So now I have to feed him more food to try to get him back on track and we have to take him to a gastroenterologist to make sure he is absorbing food correctly. He still refuses a bottle so we are trying to just fatten him up in other ways…avocado, yogurt, purees, adding in formula to cereal, basically anything to fatten him up. The appointment is next week.

And finally, before all the schools closed, Gordon and I went to parent teacher conferences and were so impressed with Brooke’s progress. We knew she was a good student, but man do her teachers love her. She’s really hard not to love, come to think of it. We’re hoping this continues even through this transition of online schooling. Blake has a harder time sitting still unless its for something he’s really interested in, so this next month should be…interesting. Heaven help me.

Eddie scooting around a basketball court in NYC

Here’s what is coming up this next week:

Online school for the kids and us staying home! I will not go crazy. I will not go crazy.

I have a few recipes to test but am unsure who I’m going to pawn the finished products off to because I don’t want to accidentally share germs.

More running. And stretching. And running. Trying hard to get my body into super running shape! I can do it. I can do it.

I am finishing my invisalign treatment this week! YAYAYAYAY!! My teeth aren’t perfect, but all things considered, I’m loving it.

Never Miss a Week!

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13 Responses
  1. Gina B

    Hey Lauren, Sorry to hear that you had to cancel vacation trips. Hopefully, this virus will get contained soon. It is great that you are preparing for a marathon. Good exercise. I know it can be hard to entertain the kids but I know you can do it with out going crazy.. Happy to hear that Brooke is doing so well in school. Hope Porter will do better with your extra feeding., Hang in there. Your are a wonderful mom and do your best to keep things going.

    Love your blogs and hearing about the family. Sending good thoughts.

  2. Shelli Bender

    I do worry about you and the family being in New York. But I know you’ll keep everyone amused and healthy. My niece has a wedding in September. I am praying this is over by then as I have to fly clear to the other side of the country. I have to be there! Ugh. Damn germs. I pray your sanity remains intake through this, I pray we all do *laughs*.
    Stay well!!

  3. Guyla

    I am so impressed that you are running a marathon with your kids and Gordon’s unconventional schedule. I only have one kid and a relatively normal schedule, but I have not even thought about signing up for another marathon (my last was in 2014 pre-kid). Please keep us updated on your training. Hoping it will motivate me to run one more!

  4. Danielle

    My now 22 year old was a preemie and needed fattening up as a 17 pound one year old. The dr had us put butter in all her baby food.

  5. Joyce Mrzlock

    Hi Lauren, I know it is crazy now I live in Las Vegas and we are shut down no malls, no eating out ,no gambling no nothing for 30 days I guess. My daughter booked her flight for New York in the summer with my granddaughter for she won all expense to train on broadway she will be heartbroken if it is cancelled but if it is maybe they will just change the date she is in dance . I sure hope this virus goes away So many sick people this is so sad I was wondering how you and your family was so glad I got your post today. Joyce


    1. Debra

      Lauren, it’s glad to hear you and your family are doing well and making the most of the current situation. I find it very encouraging and enjoy the sense of community it brings. We are all in this together. Lots of love_ Debra in Colorado

  6. Gail Sands

    Hey Lauren. So sorry your trips got cancelled…. we put off booking anything because my Mum had hospital appointments coming up that I needed to be with her for. Turned out was a blessing in disguise.
    I didnt know you were planning to come to Ireland…. hope you get to come over later on in the year. Airlines here are being very good about changing dates etc.
    Try not to go crazy in the meantime😉 and have fun with the kids. xx

  7. Terry

    God Bless you and your family you are doing a great job please with the virus everyone keep safe sending hugs ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Maryanne Walsh

    Hi Lauren, such crazy times! I am a mom of two little kids from Massachusetts. I’ve been following you for a few years now. That stinks about your vacations! I am a travel agent and I don’t charge any extra fees. If you ever want help booking a trip in the future, I would gladly help. This is the time that travel agents really show their worth…..they are making all the cancellation/refund calls for their clients. Just something to think about. IG: @destinationsbymaryanne

  9. Denise Clark

    My daughter just sent me this

    Good luck to all of us and stay healthy.

  10. Susan Crawford

    It’s pretty crazy everywhere with the covid 19… not something any of us could have ever imagined. We had a summer trip planned across the USA in our travel trailer…including a VRBO by Columbus circle. All which may not happen. I keep wondering what I need to learn, and I’m seeing or finding a lot of answers everyday. Today my work had to close up the Dental practice for two weeks and that may only be the start. Very scary times.
    I sure hope that Porter does well this next week eating .all .the .things for you. Were your others so tiny? Keep those kids busy and happy they are all so cute. And Momma needs some chocolate to make it thru the next month or so.