Dressing room shot after work March 8th- at 29 weeks
I haven’t openly talked about this yet. By “this,” I mean the growing baby inside me. I knew it would be the biggest change my body has ever gone through, but what’s surprising me is the inner journey I am experiencing. There is so much change. (Grant it, I am going through a lot of external change in life in general!) But, I’m being forced to learn some big life lessons quickly.
For instance, acceptance. I’m having to learn to relinquish so much control. The obvious loss of control: my body changing. The less obvious: the unknown. Right now, so much of life is up in the air. And the only thing I know for sure is — for sure more change is coming.
Some days, most days, I feel good and inspired and grateful for this experience. I like the days I get to work (update HERE). The day I took this "dressing room selfie," I had just wrapped scenes with the talented Lexi Ainsworth for General Hospital. Some fun, shocking material. Lexi's character, Kristina, is going through some big life changes trying to find, or possibly redefine herself. Although my personal stage of life couldn't be more different, they are not entirely dissimilar. We are both attempting to embrace change.
And a special thanks to the wardrobe department for making me feel so comfortable in my "condition" of 7 months pregnant. I believe the words Shawn Reeves, head wardrobe designer, used were: "Embrace your bump!" I loved the jacket I wore that helped me hide....er...embrace it! And I've worn the same pair of jeans for every episode! I own them in (non-maternity, too - on sale here), so I just graduated to maternity when I needed. I love that Paige Denim designs for this stage of life.
I'm realizing how important it is staying focused and feeling productive. The days I tend to have more going on, the better I feel. But, I have to remember balance. My energy levels are completely different than normal. And they are harder to predict. I have to be ok with some downtime and not categorize downtime as “laziness.” The more I push myself, the more I pay for it later. (I literally fainted at a coffeeshop my first trimester! Eek!) Type A, anyone? If you’re reading this and pregnant, I’m probably preaching to the choir. Any advise? Thoughts? Please share! And stay tuned...
Palm trees, ocean breeze. Salty air, sun kissed hair. Endless summer, take me there. 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴
Twinning with your toddler. 🤣Silly, but kinda fun. Especially being a boymom and finding something like this. 🌸💜 #simplejoys
Outfit details (on sale) on the blog and here:
#boymom #matchingfamilyoutfits #budgetfriendly http://liketk.it/2wcY6 @liketoknow.it #liketkit 📸: @ographr
Ps- you can screenshot this post and find it in your LIKEtoKNOW.it app;) #toddlermom #mommyandme
You’re his hero. Happy Father’s Day! We ♥️ you so. @joelhenricks
Wall goals. 🌟🌟 🌿🌵
New post up spotlighting a favorite place. #linkinbio
Almost the weekend!
Who’s ready? 🤣
Ps- Anyone that knows this kid knows he scopes out all the doors and gates. He’s like an escape artist! Definitely keeps me on my toes. 😫😂 #boymom #toddlermom #tiredmom #happykid
You may have flipped through this photo in stories, but I’m posting it here, too! My #WcW goes to @amirawaldesai & @lisabreckenridge. And #staytuned because #funthingshappening with @jamiemakeup, too #moreontheblog w/link in bio.
“And the gingham dress was all I had to wear...”❤️
More on the blog.
Stopped for coffee at the cutest place in Venice. Los Angeles has many little pockets and I need to branch out more.
http://liketk.it/2w5Zo #liketkit @liketoknow.it #linkinbio 🌟
Thx for taking me (and the photo 📸) @Ographr.
Ps- do you remember the song?
#tbt Reposting @lisalingstagram’s two photos from this year’s #InspirationAwards, but in opposite order. Starting with two years ago right before our littles were born...btw- Lisa, you inspire all of us!
The last time I saw these two beauties, we were all a bit more rotund—in the very best way. But nothing short of labor could keep us from cheering on graduates of @stepupwomensnetwork, then and now. It was amazing to see more than 20 young women grace the stage who, with the help of #stepup, had graduated from college and some from graduate school. Most of them were the first in their families to go to college. I left so inspired and proud. #inspirationawards.
You can’t have a bad day in polka dots. Did @annakendrick47 say that? A good day of wellness with these beauties: @yolakin @virginiawms @vrayskull @alexandrabasow @amy_davidson💜 more details on the blog with the link in profile. thx @newbloommedia for including me #bloomsummit 📸: @ographr 🌟
Weekend vibes on a Tuesday. Take me back! Our getaway was too short, but worth it. Thank you @joelhenricks 😘♥️ new post up about this stuff on blog and asking a few questions😎
http://liketk.it/2w23t @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #ltkunder25 #liketkit
A few more from @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards...congratulations on your 20th Anniversary! Grateful to have been a part of the last decade. Thank you @alissazito for your work and patience! .
Thx to @mommysretreat for the blowout/ hair! More details about the day on the blog. #linkinbio
Another moving, wonderful #StepUp #InspirationAwards. Thank you to @stepupwomensnetwork for the work they are doing mentoring young girls. As always, loved visiting with so many inspiring friends.
More about the day in a new post on the blog:)
In case you were wondering... 💜
Question: what’s the number one thing you do to help yourself when you get stressed and overwhelmed?
Have a good day y’all.💗 #stressrelief #selfcare #takecareofyou
Your dad and I are so grateful to be your parents, sweet little man. Happy 2nd Birthday! I love you with my whole heart. Forever. #twoyearsold #welcometotoddlerhood #haydenjh
Happy 40th birthday to my incredibly funny, smart, handsome brother! So proud of you, @zjatx ❤️ Here’s to the best decade yet! You are very loved.
PS: how amazing was my mom?! She made our little outfits. Down to the frog buttons!
Let go. Let God. His plan is far better.
A new & personal post is up answering some of your questions of late. Thanks to all of you that continually show so much support. I am grateful.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful mom! Thank you for being the best mother & grandmother (and for being a good sport about me taking our “hat” pictures😂) ❤️ We love you so!
So many beautiful creatures at the Butterfly Museum last week. This little one was in awe! Thank you, Mom & @jlove_____ for taking us! 🦋
The “perfect shirt” is back in stock in all sizes... (thx for letting me borrow, @jlove_____ ) More on the blog! #ashleyajones.com http://liketk.it/2vLpE @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ButterflyMuseum
#tbt This picture was taken so long ago, Hayden didn’t know who it was! One of my first projects (mini-series) and first on screen kiss. Ha! #cheeksforweeks #PaulRudd #weweresoyoung #firenexttime
Hoping you smile today like Hayden smiles at his Aunt Jordy. 📸: @jlove_____
#almosttwoyearsold #twobottomteeth #happyhumpday #haydenjh