5 Browns Saga: Missing Out On Maternity LeaveMonica Bielanko
As sick as I was of waddling to the bathroom from my desk at the news station where I work, I am feeling a little left out of the news loop this week. Monday was my first day on maternity leave and, of course, a big story breaks.
The 5 Browns are a classical piano group from Utah that features three sisters and their two brothers. They grew up just a couple miles from my hometown of Orem. The Juilliard-trained siblings have achieved critical and popular acclaim while appearing on “Oprah,” “The View” and other shows, and being profiled by “60 Minutes.” Their CDs have topped the Billboard classical music charts, and their concerts often sell out in all 50 states and around the world.
For years the children were managed by their father, Keith Brown. This crazy story began Monday when Keith Brown and Lisa Brown, 54, the mother of the group members, were hospitalized after a Valentine’s Day crash in a local canyon here in Salt Lake City. Brown’s Porsche careened down a cliff and into the icy river. After a rope rescue and a medical helicopter ride to the hospital, the couple is doing okay.
It was subsequently revealed that just four days before the crash Brown had been charged with sexually abusing his three daughters in the group 5 Browns. The patriarch faces one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child, according to court records.
Of course this crazy story begins the first day of my maternity leave and continues to unfold throughout this week. While it’s nice to be home, the journalism junkie in me is itching to be at work discovering new details and discussing the case with co-workers. I just now saw on my news station’s website that Keith Brown has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughters.
It’s tough to adjust to life at home when you’re used to a busy newsroom, you know? The key is to schedule out your days at home with the kids, constantly keeping to a routine. But right now, at 39 weeks pregnant, and after another major snowstorm here in Salt Lake City, it’s a little tough to get out and about.
I’m hoping that after KID B comes we can really dial in a routine here that includes lots of exercise and outdoor time. What about you? Any tips for making the most out of maternity leave with a toddler and a newborn?
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