I've briefly talked about having an insta-family (and them having me!) on the blog here. It's everything I have prayed about for a long time: finding the right person for life and starting a family. And it's happening!! One prayer right after the other is being answered. I wouldn't have it any other way, but I must remind myself when there are kinks in the road... they were bound to happen.
For all intents and purposes, Joel and I are newlyweds. Most couples relish this time to ease into life together as one unit. Most couples take that first year or two of marriage to find out their spouses secret quirks... Most couples- well, I guess we're just not most couples. We're going through this phase on top of also being parents to Huck and this little baby that will arrive very soon. We take as much time for our relationship as we possibly can, but, as we all know, time is limited. Joel is wonderful. One thing I need to remember? All this change isn't just happening to me. It's a huge transition for the male counterpart. I try to see things from his perspective (when I remember to do so!), and not just from my 8 and a half months pregnant perspective. And, not to be outdone, this is a transition for Huck.
Huck keeps asking when the baby will get here. Last night, he approached me and touched my belly.
"Can you take him out of your tummy tomorrow? I want him to come see me play soccer this weekend," he requested.
"No, sweetheart, he probably won't come tomorrow. But, he'll be here soon."
“Do you know there will be three penises in this house?” he said matter-of-factly, almost as a warning, then continued, “and only one vagina.”
I can only imagine how bringing a child into the world is a lot for any marriage, not to mention a new one. So, I'm trying to prepare for this newborn as best I can now in hopes of dodging some chaos once he arrives.
One thing I am trying to do beforehand to help the household run smoothly is get organized. I guess this is nothing new. Nesting is the age old concept. It comes instinctively at this stage of pregnancy, I would assume. I've never had a stronger urge to declutter and get organized. There is a good amount of baby gear coming in right now. What are your tips for preparation? And any sage advise for this transition? Luckily, I have a whole girl squad going through this stage of life, too, but love hearing a wide range of opinions.
and PS- We are compiling a list of funny tidbits during pregnancy: things I never knew. We have quite a few already, but if you have something to add, your comment could be featured in a post (with a picture, if you choose!). Email on the contact page or leave a comment below! If you wish not to be included, that's fine! Leave a comment anyway and let us know not to feature. xx website team
So last week was @mccool517’s birthday and today is @abrownlow’s day! We have been friends longer than some of you have been alive. (Kinda not kidding)! I’ve been looking for recent pictures of us, but not the easiest... we now take pictures of our kids when we’re finally in the same place! So- #fbf to Austin! Love you all ❤️❤️ so much. @amyqaragholi #family
#tbt to last week at the @funmomdinnermovie event @amy_davidson and I attended. Look who I ran into! @iamjessicahall and I both wore our @tinytags necklaces. ❤️ Thanks @momdotme for the festive night. And of course, @ographr - the best 📸😘👍🏻
@oscarthehappy ❤️ I obviously didn’t take this picture today. It’s raining in LA (and snowing on my friends in NY). But I am thinking of spring (it is the first day!) and heat and loving the online sales going on now. Perfect indoor activity! Lol #firstdayofspring
Link in profile;) 📸: @ographr
#pugstar #pugsofinstagram #furbaby
At the tail end of #internationaldayofhappiness and very beginning of #humpday, here’s to them all being #HappyDays. #haydenjh #myhappybaby #myhappyplace
Happy Saturday. And Happy Irish Day... 🍀🍀 😘
#FBF circa 1981? I’d wear those jeans now if I could. #jordache #texasgirl
I was hoping if I stood next to Molly Shannon long enough, some of her funny might rub off on me.
@Katieaselton and @theofficialsuperstar are fabulous and lovely. ♥️❤️#FunMomDinner was FUN. Check stories for more. 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
Great night with amazing friends supporting @pawworks! Thanks to @normancook @bradgoreski and everyone behind the scenes at #pawworks. @Joelhenricks and I didn’t bring another dog home this time, but loved watching those that did adopt a new family member. #adoptdontshop @pwchad 😘 ps- check my stories for more from the night. @katharinemcphee sang one of my favorite songs like an angel.
Ladies Man! Hayden’s #wcw @bricuoco and @normancook —this was your 💍💍day ❤️😘 Little man has changed so much in just a couple months.
#haydenjh #bricuoco #kaleycuoco
Gorgeous sunny day after a weekend of rain. Sending good vibes this Monday.
Also, new post is up. Who watched the Oscars last night? Inspiring on several levels— especially a specific fashion taboo! Link in bio;)
I’m at capacity on my computer so cleaning off photos. #TBT to sitting in a makeup chair for a good amount of time getting my “scratches” for #Daphne. #Trueblood @truebloodhbo #shapeshifter
Good thing this little man has my whole heart- even at 3:30am. The last couple nights he's been waking up. He goes back to sleep eventually after rounds of Jesus Loves Me and Twinkle, Twinkle... but I am then left wide awake. Ugh.
At least I did a bit of online sale surfing. Some affordable, great finds... up in the new post on the blog. Xx
Question: what do you guys do if you can't sleep?
Ps- thx @jlove_____ for 📸
Tonight Joel and I are going to a screening of #GoodAfterBad at a LA film festival. Enjoyed every minute of shooting in my hometown, Houston, Texas, (can't wait to do it again) with @maddiehassonofficial and #BillyBurke, @jeremy.photographer @chelsea_ricketts and working with the very talented director @annemariehessla & producer @mattleut on this unique coming-of-age movie.
Thanks to those that have asked about seeing the film. Looking forward to letting you know soon! #staytuned 😉@goodafterbad
#houstontexas #nfmla #comingofage #indiefilm
My sister had to go back to Texas; I'm left scrolling through memories of the past week. This was a good one! Thx @normancook!! 😘So fun hanging with @linzkraft & @iamrodiamond ❤️ @bigbangtheory_cbs @jlove_____ #comebacksoon #bigbangtheory
Hayden: She said yes!
Molly: Whoa, buddy, it's just a first date. 😂
But, really, the Olympic theme song came on and this was the reaction. #musiclover
Thanks for catching this @jlove_____ .
It’s that season, right? The dreaded cough that keeps us up at night- especially the kiddos. Joel’s dad and stepmom shared some of their tried and true remedies with us like Vapo Rub--they even travel with it! Huck’s lingering cough has been keeping him from sleeping well, so my father-in-law reminded us to rub Vicks on his chest. Grateful for the tip again, today, Marvin! What tried and true remedies are passed down in your family? Wanna hear! #VicksVapoRub #ad #vicks #vaporub
My little sister is in town. A few things have changed in 20 years (notice the pay phones)! But some stay the same. She was the cooler one back then (notice the glasses and jellys) and still is. @jlove_____ we need new pictures this trip. 🌴❤️✨#sistertime 💃#20yearsago
Scroll ➡️for the real #RascalRebelRabbits. Oh the chaos and joy of taking kids anywhere!
This day many of us juggled work & kids & getting the family ready for this #PeterRabbit tea party/screening (I picked up Huck from school and dressed him in the car😂). Thx again @themillennialmamas for the fun! Grateful that I get to commiserate about motherhood and go through this journey with my friends. And to my peeps that don't have babies- so grateful for your patience with me and mad love for my kiddos. Big hug to you all-- our village! #feelingthankful ps- if this isn't flowery enough for you... I continue on the blog. New post up;) #linkinbio
Peter's ears didn't make the cut here, but the rest of the event was a success! Hayden sat through his first full movie! Thank you @themillennialmamas for the fun tea party and #PeterRabbitMovie 🐰#huckandhayden #brotherbond
Laugh it off.
Happy Friday. 😜
Took until February, but I got a new blog post up finally about some intentions for the year. Starting with letting more go... attempting to laugh more off. We'll see how it goes! Link in bio for more. 📸: @ographr 😍