He's napping next to me right this second, so I have a few minutes to jot down some thoughts. How is my baby already 4 months? How. Did. That. Happen?? I stare at him. I want to memorize his face and expressions and hands and feet. I'm a tad emotional right now because my mom was here last week helping me while I worked and she just left for the airport. I will forever be jealous of people that have their parents in town. I'm grateful, though, Hayden has been able to meet and spend time with all his grandparents even though they aren't in LA. And we have our village here: I've been blessed with friends that are going through the same journey and some friends that are great "aunts and uncles."
Hayden changes and grows faster than I could have ever imagined. Example: when I was pregnant, I read about the stages of growth for babies. I remembered that he would be able to reach and grab things around 16-17 weeks. That sounded so far away to me back then. But, I saw him evolving and perfecting his hand eye coordination. And, it all came together this morning. I was holding him and chewing a piece of gum. I absentmindedly blew a bubble and he reached up, grabbed it, popped it and laughed. He's this little human being now with his own mind and sense of humor. My favorite is when he laughs so hard, he squeals and startles himself, then laughs again.
Ready or not, my little one is growing! He's in sizes up to 6 months now. While my mom was here, we went through his clothes. We sorted out all the little outfits that don't fit him anymore (cue the sighs) and brought out the bigger sizes I had stored. As hard as it is to realize he is no longer a "newborn," I keep reminding myself of all the fun phases yet to come: he played piano with his Dad for the first time! And some not-so-fun: we've just entered teething!! Poor thing.
shop the post below! (as well as a few of our new favorite things and I couldn't resist adding in a few girl items...go ahead and scroll through!) ps- the elephant in the picture above is a very similar one to the one I linked below.
Surrounded by overachievers today! Never a dull moment with @Erinoprea & @Dr_oz. Ever!❤️...Packed boxes of food for underprivileged youth across the country with these two, @timbradleyjr and #DrWentz (after starting the day w a warm up workout by @erinoprea at 6:30, then doing an appearance on stage w/ @dr_oz in front of 10,000!) #bigday Thx for #givingback @usanainc! @usanatruehealthfoundation #usana17
It's FriYay! Grab a friend and celebrate. #bestbuddies ❤️
First day of kindergarten for Huck... We're proud of this kiddo and cheering for him! Especially Hayden!! What a great big brother! 😘⭐️ Good luck to all the families out there starting school this week. #imabigkidnow #brothers #huckandhayden #firstdayofkindergarten 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
We moved in this house a little bit ago and life has been hectic. Something pretty special happened when our @HelloFresh box arrived…we finally did what we have been wanting to do since we first moved in…use our kitchen to cook as a family (or in Hayden’s case, play with the box) and sit down to eat together. @HelloFresh makes us feel like gourmet cooks! (Have you checked out instastory?) Follow the very easy recipes and you can be, too….Plus, I love knowing every single ingredient going into my meal and the food I feed our children. This is easy, fun and informative (Huck loves it) #thatsBIG! Can’t wait for the next box. Check them out at hellofresh.com and use my code "AshleyJones" for $30 off your first week #hellofreshpics #hfpartner #ad #getcooking
He's my Monday and everyday motivation. ❤️❤️#haydenjh
Last week at this time, we were meeting people at the @generalhospitalabc fan event. You guys are awesome⭐️🌟Thanks for watching us! #gh #ParkersBack #watchMonday #HappySaturday
Oscar is totally saying...Um... I didn't sign up for this! These three! #mykiddos thank you, @day.artist for @ographr for capturing moments like this. We're pretty obsessed w this app! Stay tuned for many more fun pics! #theygrowupsofast #letthembelittle ps- after all this time, I'm a real #soccermom 😳oh my.... #haydenjh
Great peeps! Thx @tiffanithiessen for fun event for the kiddos.
Ps- #funfact : Years ago, I was in a movie of the week starring Tiff. Loved her then and lovely running into her now.
Quick snap leaving the studio after work. #generalhospital Good start to the week... #mondayvibes can be good! Btw, it's #ghfcw #ghfc ❤️who's going?
Hayden was very distracted by the live emojis running around. Thanks @themillennialmamas for a fun screening of #TheEmojiMovie last week. Huck is sleeping with his stuffed poop emoji😂 #fiveyearoldboy Who ventured out to see the film?
He smiled! Kind of... bottom one:) #photoboothfun with Huck😉 Happy Friday!
Come check out more on the site. Several new posts up about life and work. Always like reading your comments. ⭐️🌟❤️ #linkinbio
Parker is back in Port Charles... thought some of you might be interested;) @generalhospitalabc @_lexiainsworth #behindthescenes #generalhospital #ParkersBack more about this on the blog later today...
Happy Tuesday. 🌟⭐️ Spending all day working with my sidekick. Hope everyone is having a good week so far?
What a lovely evening with friends benefiting cancer research and learning more about @thevfoundation. Thank you @wfordinteriors! You inspire me to get more involved. #DontEverGiveUp #VictoryOverCancer
Ps- I'm behind in posting. This was last week;)
Summertime! 🌟⭐️ #pooltime #californiasun #haydenjh 🌴
We are starting swim lessons, which means swim suits. For both of us😳 More about this and swimsuit shopping on the blog.
http://liketk.it/2s2rd#liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKfamily #LTKswim #LTKunder50 @liketoknow.it.family
Taking a much needed breather with @beautyandthebeasties :) #momlife
And I would be remiss if I didn't share outfit details with you. I have been wearing these cropped pants way too often; they are now on sale for $20!! Screenshot this picture with your @liketoknow.it app or click the link in bio (new post up⭐️) for further info. Happy Thursday! #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert http://liketk.it/2s0Oo
His little hand on hers melts my heart. 💕 My son and goddaughter! Come back soon @mccool517 😘#haydenjh
Long before I was a mom or a stepmom (Huck is there in the middle), I was an Auntie! @mccool517 @abrownlow
Ps- miss you @amyqaragholi #lovetheseguys
Finally! If only you lived next door... @mccool517 #bestfriendgoals 🌟💕
Girlfriends🌟⚡️⭐️ Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸Hope y'all have a safe holiday with friends and family celebrating our freedom and independence! God bless!