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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It's Friday! Blow some bubbles! ❤️🎂❤️🎂
Flashing back to fun memories from Hayden's #firstbirthday at @adamsgardenla-- the cheeriest indoor playground and staff (plus, they use all organic cleaning products for the little munchkins). We will all be visiting the garden again soon. Swipe left for a few more moments captured with friends & family:)
Ps... we ❤️ the #babymilestones board @kelly_patrice (Next photo)!
More pictures, party details and post-party feelings on the site today. #Linkinbio this 📸: @lingerphotography #haydenjh @joelhenricks
I know it's no longer Father's Day, but just ran across this picture and wanted to say thank you, Dad! Thank you for being there for all the big moments in my life. We can't wait to see you very soon!! #ayearago #grandfatherandgrandson #we❤️you #haydenjh
I love the way they look at you! And I love you. Happy Father's Day to the man that changed my life forever. God has blessed us. 😘 @joelhenricks
So hard to grasp Hayden is already one! We sang and danced and blew bubbles to celebrate❤️ Thank you to everyone that made this day so special. And thank you @people for the sweet write up about Hayden's day. Link is in bio if you wanna take a peek:) ... a very special thank you to @goodcarmastudio 😘 ...📸: @lingerphotography #haydenjh #firstbirthdayparty @joelhenricks
Work was a real stretch today playing best friends with this one! Thanks for a fun play day @normancook & @priceline 💕
Congrats to @stepupwomensnetwork on their successful event yesterday. Love making new friends at #InspirationAwards and catching up with ladies I haven't seen in a while. Looking forward to a fun, productive year ahead working with you all for #stepupwomensnetwork ❤️ #OnOurWay #iStepUp - for more info on the day & organization, check out the latest post up on blog. #linkinprofile #BeInspired
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending the annual @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards and left motivated about #mentorship. Thank you to all the girls of Step Up and the amazing team running the organization. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to be involved and watch you all grow over the years. I'll stop here, but do continue on about the day and program on the blog. Xo
http://liketk.it/2rzDt #linkinprofile #ashleyajones #empoweringwomen #empoweringgirls #doSomething
Hayden wanted to see what life with Shmooshy was all about! @lifewithshmooshy 😘@normancook #haydenjh #bigbaycity #rescuehorse
Today is the last day of World Service Week for USANA’s True Health Foundation and I'm wearing my new shirt (running errands again)! People all over the world are being asked to find a cause in their communities and help—it can be anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours. I'm thrilled to spend some time with @stepupwomensnetwork this coming week and incorporate more service in my daily life. What can you do? Tag a friend that would love to join you in #givingback to your community. Let @Usanainc and me know what you plan in the comments below. We just might be inspired to send you & your friend #Usana goodies! #Usanagives #UsanAshley #worldserviceweek @goodcarmastudio
Somebody is ready to head out in the world. ❤#babyfeet #explorer
http://liketk.it/2rvjX #liketkit @liketoknow.it More on the site- link in profile... #memorialdaysales @liketoknow.it.family #LTKsalealert #LTKshoecrush #haydenjh
A quick flash back not too long ago...my main squeeze and his mini me... look at that tongue! He's almost outgrown doing this and I'm gonna miss it. 😜Happy weekend. What are your plans? http://liketk.it/2ruOr #liketkit @liketoknow.it Working on some new stuff now while he naps! #LTKsalealert #ltkunder100 #haydenjh @liketoknow.it.family photo: @ashleyburns_ #familylife #oneyearold
And just like that, you are one! You bring immeasurable joy to us, my sweet angel. Happy first birthday! 🎂
@joelhenricks 📸: @ashleyburns_
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 ❤