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This Week at the Brennan’s

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Lauren and Eddie

Bring on the mental breakdowns.

Here’s what happened this week:

Gordon was gone the whole week on assignment for work so lucky me! I got to take care of all the regular ‘keeping the kids alive’ stuff and handle a few work deadlines (read: work into the night) without the nanny coming this week to help because she went to Paris on vacation. Doesn’t that sound so nice?

Normally, this would be easy to do and simple to handle. Heck, I did it the whole summer. But during that time, I had help and not a ton of hard deadlines. And the kids didn’t have school drop-off and pick-up. (Meaning: I could sleep in until 7 or so and get away with it.)

But this past week, I was working until about 1 am every night, Eddie was waking up at 5:30am and I was out the door with all three by 8am walking to school.

I made it to Wednesday before I had a breakdown.

Of course Gordon couldn’t do anything about it because he hadn’t been home, so I had to let a few work things drop so I could sleep. (Which is why nothing was posted on my blog between Wednesday and Friday.) If I’ve learned anything from having babies and being an exhausted mom since 2009, it’s that if I don’t get my sleep, then everything is magnified to appear 100x worse than it actually is, thus making my mental and emotional well being take a nose dive. By Friday morning though, I was feeling rested enough to walk my kids to school, walk an extra half mile to Target with Eddie (because Target makes everything better 🙂 ), pick up a few things for Ed’s birthday (this coming weekend!!), walk home and then immediately turn around to leave for speech therapy.

I was mostly back to normal by the time my husband came home Friday night.

Lauren Eddie and Blake with mini mouse ears on

Saturday, I made it to the gym. Kind of shocked that I made it once this week, but I’ll take it. I’d like to go more, but I just can’t seem to fit it into my schedule. I can’t really get up early because when the alarm goes off, I turn it off and go back to bed. I typically choose sleep over *almost* everything I do. I have to have it to stay sane and not have breakdowns. My minimum is 8 hours.

When I think about how infrequently I make it to the gym, I think about all the walking and pushing and lifting I do since we’ve moved here and never allow myself to feel that bad about it. How many calories do you think I burn walking two miles pushing two kids, bags and bags of groceries and school backpacks? I’d say enough. Haha!

Like I mentioned above briefly, Eddie started speech therapy officially! He goes every Wednesday and Friday morning and we’ll probably take him until our insurance tells us otherwise. The speech therapist is fun, but is really good at pushing him to express himself with words and boy oh boy does he get frustrated! He’s very good at expressing himself without having to talk at home, so he tries that with her and doesn’t get anywhere! I think we’ll have to start doing the same things to get some more real words out of him. Makes me sad because he gets so frustrated, but I know its for his own good. He can say yes (yes) this (dis) and push (pus) but only when he wants to. Usually when we say “Eddie, say push!” he won’t. RASCAL!

He can also make the S and M sounds, so that’s what we’re working on. Mostly just the word “me”.

Our kids have slowly becoming bolder and bolder in their jabs back and forth at one another (just Brooke and Blake since Eddie basically doesn’t talk) so when Gordon got home this weekend, we had a little sit down talk and figured out some goals for family communication. So far so good, though its only been a few days. We even changed our letterfolk board to coincide with our new goals! We’ll see how this goes…

Since Gordon came home for the weekend, a good chunk of Saturday and Sunday were spent in the kitchen testing recipes. I love getting it done, but hate cleaning up. I ran my dishwasher 6 separate times in the past 48 hours. SO ridiculous, but SO thankful for my dishwasher!! Maybe when we eventually get a place of our own, I’ll install two dishwashers. Surely, that’s a possibility, right? Anyone out there with two? (I’d like this set up, please. SO dreamy with all those windows!)

I also set up a Facebook group where you can have interact with other home cooks, ask questions or for cooking advice, share useful tips and share your favorite recipes! Join here.


Here’s what’s happening next week:

Yummy recipes coming soon!!

My nanny is back in town! Yahoo! I’ll feel like I’m accomplishing things again 🙂

Eddie turns two! I can’t believe it.

Gordon is back in the office which means home for dinner every night. Yesssssss. (It’s the little things, folks.)

Eddie in the stroller with a snack



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26 Responses
  1. Linda

    Yes, you could really use 2 dishwasher, look how long it take a load to do. 🙂 Something else to think about in your new home, might consider a bathroom for Brook and Blake & Eddie can share one. Just wishful thinking. Also like the idea double washer 🙂

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    Doing an experiment gives us the inspiration of new invention.Thanks for sharing the ideas with us. Carry on!!!

  3. Erin Meade

    I think you’re amazing at keeping everything juggled! You seem like a wonderful wife and mom! I love to read about your life…it’s so interesting! Keep up the great work momma!

  4. Donna Brennan

    Holy Moly!!! Sounds like a week to forget!! Happy Eddie is getting speech therapy, now the follow-through at home–HELP RIGHT!! Here’s to a better week with Gordon home on a regular schedule!! Love you all

    1. Gwen Schock Cowherd

      Hi! Two of my daughters are speech language pathologists. They create and sell speech/language materials.like worksheets, games, etc. Check out their Facebook & webpage. It’s for everyone, not just speech therapists. Hope it helps. By the way, I LOVE your blog and recipes. http://twinspeechlanguageandliteracy.com/

  5. Denise Fonda

    It’s tough sometimes, especially when you are home alone, but I know that I wish my kids were still little so I could still be enjoying that time. Looks to me like you are doing a great job especially walking every where in NYC.

  6. Gina B

    I so admire you for admitting that at times you do break down.. Your allowed since you have two children and that can be strenuous. Especially when you do not have help. I don’t how I would handle having kids. So I give you kudos for doing what you do. Keep up sending your blog about your family and recipes. For the people that criticize you for complaining, they are not in your shoes so they have no reason to complain. We are not all alike. Keep up the good work.

  7. Mary Beth

    Don’t heed Kay. I’ve followed your blog for 3 years and I must say, I don’t think you ever complain. With all you accomplish every day, I am just amazed. I would be one big whine, so you just keep on keeping on!

  8. Kristen Doyle

    Thinking of you! Parenting Little’s when your husband is gone all the time and you have little support is so hard. I hope this next week is better! And I can’t believe Eddie’s having another birthday already!

  9. Krista S

    I have two dishwashers – a smaller one in the basement that we usually just do glassware in and a normal sized one upstairs. We host a lot of events – probably because of the large bar in the basement haha – and and so having both is a lifesaver.

    1. Lauren

      Hi Kay, I’m sorry you feel like I’m complaining all the time. I wouldn’t want to read that either. (Though, I did legitimately have a breakdown this week, sooooo…I wasn’t too happy about that.) Either way, I hope you can find some other bloggers that are more rainbows and sunshine on the internet. Good luck 🙂

      1. Alicia

        I can’t believe that person was so rude to you! . I hope you didn’t take her comment personally because you are a delighful person :):)

    2. Kristen Doyle

      A real caring person might see that a friend is struggling and see what they can do to help or give them a little grace. Kay – I’d like to recommend you read this great article then maybe next time you’ll think twice for criticizing someone who might be struggling some.

    3. Jules (Aus)

      What a rude, unfeeling person, you don’t deserve that. As a matter of interest, Lauren, do you guys have to pay for water? We do! We receive a quarterly bill, totalling around $1000-$1200 a year.

    4. jess

      First, you don’t need to tell someone you are unfollowing them, just stop reading. Second, it’s not complaining, it’s called REAL LIFE. This is a blog where she shares her life, food and struggles so stop being a rude and move on…..

  10. Anne Pik

    My daughter (with 4 children) recently moved into their new home & had 2 dishwashers designed into the kitchen area. At first I wasn’t sure what to think but they are a major life saver & a smart move! Do it!!

  11. Kimberly Jones

    I have two dishwashers when we built our dream home. I love them. It is very much needed when you bake & cook a lot and it’s just the two of us. When family or company comes, even w/2 dishwashers going, I still have a 3rd load waiting plus hand washables.
    You deserve to have that dream of 2 dishwashers. I hope some day it becomes a reality. Heck, w/a young, growing family, 2 washing machines would be cool too.😄

    1. Elaine

      Bless You for keeping it REAL! 35yrs ago I was a young mom many miles away from family with two small children and a husband who worked 24hr shifts 3-4 times a week. Your struggles and how you manage give me hope that there are some families still fighting to stay together. Keep up the great work you are doing.

  12. Martha

    As the mother of three; one grown and married daughter, two sons still at home, both have Down syndrome — the youngest (who just turned ten yesterday has never said a word!) is also on the Autism spectrum, I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by life and everything it means to be a stay-at-home mom. Sleep? I’m blessed if I get five hours a night, but I can usually take a nap when the boys are at school. Thank God for that!

    Anyway, I wanted to ask if Eddie’s speech therapist has recommended sign language? It’s WONDERFUL for little ones who struggle with speech because sign language is SO easy for them to learn. And fun for the rest of the family, too. It saves a lot of frustration when they can’t express themselves and no one else knows what they want either. I’m relatively new to your blog, so you may already be using ASL with Eddie. If not, there are a lot of good resources out there. “Signing Time” (signingtime.com) is targeted specifically for babies and young children to begin learning some basic signs for the necessities of their world (mom, dad, family, more, juice, eat, drink, milk, all done, please, thank you, etc.) You can find some of her videos on the “TreeSchool – Preschool and Kids Songs” channel on YouTube if you want to check them out first before buying any DVDs.

    You’re doing the best you can, hon. You’re only one person! Try not to sweat the small stuff that may not get done right away. It’ll still be there when you get around to it, LOL.

  13. Paige

    I’m glad you are getting some sleep. I’m the same way. Need my sleep to keep my sanity to take care of my children. Oh and I see no problem with two dishwashers. Sounds like a great idea!

  14. Danielle

    Glad to hear Eddie’s speech therapy is going well! If you ever need to consider somewhere else, I recommend Aspire on W 35th for speech therapy. Their clinicians were amazing when it came to my son’s speech therapy!

  15. Rachael

    Love your letterfolk board…great family goals!
    Of course you can have two dishwashers! I had a sister-in-law that had two…..but one was for the dog🤨. Seriously?