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
My happy place is - (fill in the blank). Pretty lucky to live within driving distance of the Pacific. 😍
Non sequitur: new post up for another happy place. #NSale picks. Check ‘em out with the link in bio;) 📸: @ographr
If only we could do this EVERY WEEKEND? #fbf to the fun and magical times celebrating the union of #kcsquared. I think I’m done posting now. I think. 😜😘
This little child of mine wants to wear his boots rain or shine! And it’s shining right now. Lol 🌝☀️🌟 (thx Nana for the boots. He lives in them!)
New post up about keeping your chin up when life is weighing on you. Some significant and some silly ideas to help.
@Amy_davidson & I had a quick chat at @mollymanno‘s birthday (hope you saw the photos & stories of the #pinkalicious party, but check out @alifedotowsky’s blog if not). Oh and thx @mdek for the 📸!
This dress is my ultimate mood pick-me-up! (And 40% off!) More on ashleyajones.com http://liketk.it/2wtZy #liketkit @liketoknow.it @elizajdresses: 😘😘
So, this hottie and I went to a little shindig last weekend. 😜 And I’ll be saying this for a long time, but @normancook and @mrtankcook... it was simply magical. Cheers. To forever together!
Ps- to my @joelhenricks, how great does your beard look? (He didn’t really want to trim it, but wow!) 😉😘 and ps- I did warn y’all I have a lot of photos. I would say sorry for overposting, but, I’m not! #kcsquared #bestfriendswedding
Post wedding drive home- all #matchymatchy. It’s ok. You can make fun of me. But if you later decide to do it yourself, it’s kinda fun;) 😜😜😜 Clothing details on the blog. And FYI all are 40% off for 4th of July (so like, under $20 for some pieces- and there are girl toddler dresses in stock). Link in bio, scroll down on home page. Or search #matchingfamily outfits. Lol. ps- yes, I have one for Huck as soon as we have the time together to take some pics!
Ps: thanks @amy_davidson snapping 📸 #liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2wnOa #LTKunder50 #LTKfamily #LTKsalealert #toddlermom
Two horse girls. 🌟 @whitneycummings
Quick selfie with the newlyweds! I have so many photos, so expect more;) Words truly cannot describe the beauty and love of your wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Cook. From your amazing vows to the light house, to the dance floor, it was a celebration of the love you two have for each other. What a joy to witness! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. God bless! 🙏🏻 We love you #kcsquared. @normancook @mrtankcook #weddingofthecentury
I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4
Last week, my girlfriend @karaholdendevlin sent me a stunning picture of her hydrangeas in her front yard. “I think of you when I see these flowers,” she said. Kara, I saw this photo and thought of you🌸 So much beauty. Just like you. Tag a friend that appreciates these #yardgoals. #regram 📸: @kjp #EastCoast #marthasvineyard
ICYMI: I’m always curious what new phone apps people are using (especially moms) to make life easier. @heal is featured on the blog now! #healyourself #futureofhealthcare 🌸#linkinbio
Last weekend’s bachelorette shenanigans. 🤣 But in all seriousness, the love is deep and real and we got all teary for one second talking about it right before we pushed start in our photo booth. Here’s to the beginning of the rest of your life, my friend. Thrilled to witness it all. The best is yet to come. #kcsquared @normancook 😘#cuocotocook #i💗you
Oh my Stars + Stripes! 🌟GIVEAWAY🌟
When did my baby become this little boy? That puts his hands in his pockets?! So, y’all... I’m thrilled to be doing some fun summer giveaways and first up is @seekairun! Tag a friend that could use a great pair of shoes for their child’s healthy foot development.
1) like this photo
2) follow @seekairun & @ashleyaubra
3) tag a friend to enter. More tags, more entries. .
We ♥️ these sturdy, stylish shoes. Winner announced July 2 and picks any pair off @seekairun website!
Screenshot this pic to view it in the LIKEtoKNOW.it. App:) Stars and Stripes by @berukids
Latest @soapdigest column is on stands now discussing what apps are proving the most useful. I asked y’all and you answered! Check out stories to see a peek of the issue. Thank you #SoapOperaDigest! 💜❤️And more info on the blog, too. #linkinprofile #mommyandme #trialanderror
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.