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.
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Your name came up today. Still hard to wrap my mind around... I'm grateful to have known you. Grateful I got to work with you and learn from you. You were and still are such a light --- now watching down on us from above.
#trueblood @nelsanellisofficial #nelsonellis #fbf #memoriesforlife @truebloodhbo
#Regram from @celebritybabyscoop---Aww! thanks for the sweet feature on the kids and getting Huck's room set up with @evolurbaby ❤️ I'll post a link to the article on my site after work today:) 📸: @ographr 😘 @ggbenitezprinc .... http://liketk.it/2sO1N #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKbump #LTKfamily #LTKhome @liketoknow.it.family @liketoknow.it.home
Happy to be a part of @ncis_cbs. Love working with this cast & crew. #markharmon @emilywickersham You make my job easy. ❤️ #behindthescenes
Love getting to catch up with you @katherinekellylang 😘 You inspire me! #WCW #againsoon #tvfamily
#i❤️you #ineedmyrootsdonestat 🌟
Battle of the hats. Happy Labor Day weekend! 🌟
Thanks to everyone that kept many of the cast of @generalhospitalabc busy answering phones to take your donations for #harvey victims today. I enjoyed speaking with you and was overwhelmed by your generosity donating to @americanredcross. #ProudToBeAmerican and watch us all come together and love one another. The lines are still open till 8pm pacific if you didn't get a chance earlier- call 877-KABC7-LA...#GH ♥️ #HoustonStrong
Thank you to all of you that have expressed concern about my family and friends in #Houston. My family is safe and we are grateful. But, the damage left behind to many (including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) is extensive and devastating. @Generalhospitalabc is proud to be a part of @disneystudios & @abcnetwork #DayOfGiving tomorrow! Stay tuned for more information to join us in helping #Harvey victims in my hometown. To those of you that have already donated, thank you! --
Ps- And stay tuned for more drama from the three of us soon!! Clearly we have no fun together😉#GH
And it's still raining. Praying for my family & friends in
H❤️OUSTON and everyone affected by this natural disaster. The destruction of #Harvey is unreal.
If you are far away and feel helpless like I do, we can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999. #TexasStrong #united #prayingforhouston
📸: pretty print by @riflepaperco
Fun getting together with these beauties to celebrate @jennifergareis! Happy Birthday! 😘 ps- we were just kids when we met...Loved getting to see everyone! #reunion #youngandtherestless #foreverfriends @youngandrestlesscbs @cbsdaytime
Started kindergarten ✔️ Graduated to twin bed ✔️ #slowdownHuck!
I love seeing things come together. (I've been wanting to put this painting over the bed in a little boy's room for years!) Many of you have asked about the kids' rooms in the new house...Here's a peek of the progress in Huck's room. It's pretty cute how excited he is over his new bed. @Evolurbaby makes these great pieces (bed has a trundle, too!). 📸: @day.artist / @ographr 😘 @ggbenitezprinc
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?