This Week at the Brennans’

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Looking down a street

Since I’m off instagram and other social media this past week, I had the hardest time remembering what happened! #Mombrain

Here’s what happened this past week:

Lets start with the most recent thing and work backwards, shall we? Ha! We had some family photos taken and the few preview shots I got thus far are the cutest!! I love when they turn out better than I could have imagined 🙂 So happy I have this cute family!

The weather finally turned on us and it finally is feeling like Fall! Possibly even a little chillier. Actually, we haven’t pulled out our cooler weather gear yet, so that miiiight be the reason why I’m so cold. I’m just walking around in a light rain coat most days. But, I am prone to just be cold all of the time, so there’s that. Brooke and my husband are always warm. Blake also seems to be very warm blooded and Eddie doesn’t care one way or the other.

Speaking of cold, our building is so old that we have radiators and they got turned on this week! I wasn’t sure when that was going to happen because I’ve heard horror stories of apartments not turning on the heat until later in the season, even if legally they are required to when the weather falls below a certain temperature. It gets a little confusing reading the rules, but, our super in on top of things and it seems we’re more likely to roast instead of freeze. So, Gordon isn’t too thrilled about that, but I am SO EXCITED. Have I mentioned I would love to install car seat warmers in my clothes? That is my dream. I also have a box of hand warmers ready and waiting for me to slip them into my mittens. I see you snow. I’ll be ready. 

Eddie has been having a progressively harder time at preschool drop off. I’m not sure why, but he now hates preschool and screams every time I leave. It started off as a few whimpers, but has now turned into a leg hugging “NO MOM!” situation. He always stops crying 5 minutes after I leave and then has another 5 minutes of just sitting with the teacher and his blanket before being back to his normal self. I feel so bad for him, but I know he will be fine! He used to wave goodbye to me and repeat after me when I said “I’ll be back soon!” Boy oh boy, what am I to do?

I brought one of Eddie’s little friends out for a playdate on Friday morning and we were able to make caramel apples with other friends and scooter around. I feel like I’m slowly finding “my people” in this neck of the woods. I’m SO bad at actually talking to people I don’t know, which ironically is essentially what I’m doing with this blog of mine. But this isn’t face to face (and I can edit this. A lot.) Having to make small talk with people I don’t know is hard and awkward for me. New York pushes my boundaries and I think I’m getting better at it, but I still most of the time like to be a recluse.

Blake and Eddie upside down on the couch

I went to the doctor finally! Aha! It’s been a few weeks where I thought I had a doctors appointment and it was finally this week! Trying to establish new doctors who are “in network” and close by can be so tricky! But, I took the stupid time to do my research and went. So if I get sick now, I’ll have somewhere to go.

Blake continues to learn at a crazy fast pace and his letter writing and word recognition has really just taken off. Couldn’t be more thrilled for his little milestones he is reaching! He is such a happy boy who loves to be outside playing and IF HE HAS TO will sit down and show us all those skills he’s acquired but “can I go outside and play now?” He doesn’t see why he has to practice reading or writing when playing soccer outside with his friends is so much more fun.

We got all the kids’ costumes in the mail! Blake is going to be a police man, Brooke is going to be Hermoine and Ed is going to be an Astronaut. We’ve also been getting a lot of other random things in the mail that I forgot I ordered months ago that are only now showing up on our doorstep (err….lobby) because they came from China. I guess I have my faulty hippocampus and Amazon to thank for that.

Gordon continues to love his job and I continue to struggle with mine. Not with the content or the job itself, just with my time. I don’t have enough time to get it all done and it kind of eats me up inside. I know I could do so much more if I had more time, but Gordon taking this job meant I don’t have a ton of time like I once used to. He used to be a stay at home Dad. I used to be the one working 40-60 hours a week and to just have that cut down to 10 (if I’m lucky) is hard for me. I still haven’t found my groove. I’ve hired some behind the scenes helpers and they are getting a ton done, but I’m not satisfied yet because I haven’t found the happy medium for me. Man, is this harder than I ever thought! Trying to find my work/life balance amidst this struggle is a big reason why I stopped doing anything on social media. (My helpers are doing their jobs, scheduling things on Facebook and Pinterest, but I just stopped doing Instagram all together.) If any of you experts have tips of balancing it all, I’m all ears.

Lauren and Blake

Here’s what is happening this coming week:

I’m taking all three kids to the new pediatrician’s office. I thought about keeping our other pediatrician and taking the 45 minute subway ride to see her, but then I thought about how I DON’T hate myself, and decided to find one only three blocks away.

I’ll be back on Instagram this week! Slowly I’ll incorporate it back in. I miss chatting with you all!

Eddie has a playdate tomorrow with his cute friend, Charlie.

I have a work thing I’ll attend on Wednesday which I’m really excited about!

The kids keep loving school (except Eddie) and their after school sports programs.

Gordon and I didn’t get a date in last week, so maybe we’ll have better luck this week.

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6 Responses
  1. Barrie Williams

    Lauren, I am thinking of you. You have a lot on your plate. You r doing a great job and should be very proud of yourself! I know I am very proud of u!

  2. Carol Koncerak

    My daughter lives in nyc and has radiators, too. Last year they opened their bedroom window a smidge most nights because it was too warm! And she is always cold, but it was so warm that she wore shorts inside! Hope it works out for you.

  3. Shelli Bender

    You will find your beautiful balance, then summer will happen again *laughs* Sorry. I do think all mothers go through that every year.
    I pray for you to find that balance, so you can settle down.
    I do MISS you on IG, even my husband asked me the other night. I haven’t heard your little cooking lady’s IG story….
    Me: (sniffles) yes I know!! it is killing me roflmao
    Good luck hun, do what makes YOU happiest!

  4. Autumn

    Just returned to my home in Ut after spending just 2 days in NYC for the first time. It’s amazing what you tackle day in and day out living with your family in that big city. I thought of you often and even hoped maybe I would run into you somehow 😉 Anyway, life is always about balancing our time and not only did your husband take a full time position, but you are raising 3 littles in a very interesting environment (and doing an amazing job)! I know I enjoy whatever content we do see, even if it’s not as much as you would like it to be.