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...
Praying for the families of all the precious lives lost yesterday in Manchester. I was taking my son to music class, while other parents were taking their children to their first concert. Something as pure as sharing music with our children turned horrific. #prayingforchange #prayerispowerful #Psalm23:4
Happy 5th Birthday to the best big brother. You are loved, Huck! (ps- I'm late posting here...we just celebrated this weekend at his 'Jawsome' shark themed party- Huck's mom nailed it. It's been a full #sharkweek celebration!) #huckandhayden @joelhenricks #brothers
I'll ❤ you forever. I'll like you for always....do you know the rest?
#almostayear #weekendvibes #haydenjh
More on the blog. #linkinbio #parasolco #mylegsneedsun 😂 #mamasboy #meltsmyheart
#TBT to last year's @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards where @thereallacey @lisalingstagram and I were all pregnant (Hayden arrived a couple days later!) Join us June 2nd at this year's event! #InspireWomen to #InspireGirls www.suwn.org/ia (Read more about last year's event on the blog. Link in profile- search "Step Up") ❤#babybumps
Thank you #soapsindepth! How lovely to go through mail and find this article. Motherhood is the greatest gift❤
On our last day of filming, my favorite guests came to visit set ❤#thatsawrap #ontothenext Thanks for coming all the way to Canada with me, honey! @joelhenricks #haydenjh #setselfiewiththefam
To my mom: I understand so much more now! All I can say is... thank you to God for giving us you. Thank you for your infinite sacrifices, thank you for your unconditional love, thank you for being an example to all of your children all these years (that I now draw upon with my own child), and thank you for being the best GRANDmother to Hayden and Huck. I love this memory of the "three" of us at the #babyshower. And I love you more! We all do. With our whole hearts for our whole lives. #happymothersday ps- thank you @claudiacraig for these 📸memories
I was caught meditating between scenes on set with my muse headband! Ha! This location was so serene- and we're back here today, so I'll be doing it again! Just trying to declutter my mind & focus after our long hours recently. (Check out instastory!) I imagine there are many of you that would like to do the same. The brain sensing headband provides real time neurofeedback! I'm fascinated with this technology. #musemeditation @choosemuse #fridayfun #mindfulliving #onlocation #goaheadandlaugh ❤
Great take!! Hayden thinks it's hilarious! Future director... watching the monitor from his Auntie Kaley's dressing room @bigbangtheory_cbs. Congrats @normancook on season 10 finale tonight! We ❤ tape nights backstage with you. #haydenjh #bts
Hayden's trying so hard to talk and use that tongue! So funny- Joel died laughing at his new form of communication babbling. #weekendvibes #latergram (We're still enjoying the Canadian rain on location shooting- but Dad arrived, so I'm hopefully getting a chance to add some posts to the blog, check out the #MothersDay one in the works now...link in bio;) #HappySunday @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rhvH #haydenjh
Glad we took a shot before the rain came pouring down @carlenabritch! Love working opposite you. #quietbeforethestorm #newfriend #onlocation ps- funny we came all the way here to meet a neighbor from home!
"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." -Yoda. #maythefourthbewithyou
Quick play date with my best bud before heading back to work. Found the cutest park nearby! #ottawa2017
Monday morning rain is falling☔️... here where we're filming in Ottawa. California dreaming. ☀️ @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2rdiq #outfitdetailsontheblog tag a friend who is loving lace right now:) #LTKunder100 #linkinprofile
Our little kiddo is turning one soon. 🎂 Cue the tears. Mine, not his! #theygrowtoofast #babyboys #iloveyousomuch
New posts up today!... link in bio;) @joelhenricks #haydenjh photo: @ashleyburns_
Oh my little buddy! You're already #11monthsold! You love your bath time. And you love your time with daddy! 📸: @joelhenricks #haydenjh #bathtimebaby #bathtimefun
I know, I'm late, but Happy Easter anyway! Hope everyone had a beautiful day. 💜✝️🌸 @joelhenricks #babysfirsteaster #haydenjh #huckandhayden
Throwing back to Hayden's Texas visit with family. He gets extra love (and fancy outfits) from his grandparents & his Aunt @jlove_____ ❤#babysfirsteaster #haydenjh @joelhenricks
It's Friday night! (which means nothing when you have a baby, but we pretend anyway.) Joel & I are heading out for date night soon. I'm showering (which means everything when you have a baby)! Happy Weekend! http://liketk.it/2qXBT #liketkit @liketoknow.it ps- wearing the new faux leather jacket I mentioned yesterday-link in bio. The best #fauxleather I have found & under $100...comes in brown, too. Dress comes in black. A hint more evening-ish. #LTKUnder50 #LTKUnder100 earrings are $12, btw!
I hope to surround the little munchkins in our lives with positive and kind messages. I'm proud to spread the word about the @KindText movement on the blog today! Being a part of something that is promoting kindness and creativity in kids is important, especially on social media. That's also why I love my friend @officialkjb's t-shirts! Her graphic tees promote individuality (check out her fun one with her quote from #HALLOWEENTOWN: Being normal is vastly overrated!) Join me in supporting our youth and spreading kindness. #KindText More about all this & more photos up on site today! Link in profile😍ps- if you're near Salem, Oregon this weekend, go say hi to @officialkjb at @cherrycitycomiccon! #haydenjh #believeinmagic
It's already Thursday! Making lists of what needs to get done before the week is over. Lots! 😳 Since packing and moving, I tend to wear the same few pieces that are accessible and ready to go. In today's post (link in profile), I'm switching up the look of one of my favorite dresses by adding this faux leather biker jacket. #LTKunder100 #changeitup Shop this pic via screenshot with the new LIKEtoKNOW.app http://liketk.it/2qWCT #liketkit @liketoknow.it #streetchic #fauxleather 📷: @ashleyburns_