Ashley Jones (Parker Forsyth, General Hospital; ex-Bridget Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) is quite a charmer in real life, so it makes sense that People has snagged the former True Blood actress as a celebrity blogger.
Jones began writing for the popular gossip website this month, and her first post goes into detail about becoming a wife and a stepmom, and finding out she's pregnant with her first baby -- all within the last year.
"For just a few seconds, there's a surreal sensation until my brain fully wakes up, remembering it's all real," she writes. "It's a good amount of invited change for our mere mortal brains to process. I mean, not long ago, I only went to the grocery store when I was out of coffee, hot chocolate, string cheese and wine. Now, I'm stocking up on whole milk and carbs. My adorable extra bedroom/dressing room has been turned into [my stepson] Huck's room, filled with Transformers and Legos. Saturdays at hot yoga have been replaced with soccer practice for toddlers. [But], I wouldn't trade any of it. I feel like I've won the lottery."
Especially because, as she reveals, she had been feeling the dreaded clock that many single women experience in their 30s. "I had a full, busy life. I just knew deep down, I was waiting for something more. I was waiting to meet my own family," she says. "As I watched friends have their second and third kids, I was handed doctor referrals for freezing my eggs. But time would put a Band-Aid on those feelings and life would continue and get cluttered, until that proverbial biological clock started ticking again. It can get so loud it keeps you up at night. It's instinctual, and there's a reason for it. It can make you crazy if you let it, or it can keep you focused. It might have made me both at times, but mainly because I didn't want to settle. I wanted to create a family with the love of my life."
And now, Jones finds herself with everything she wished for. But even though she's grateful and overjoyed, she admits she's stressed for a different reason: "It dawns on me that the anxiety from wanting a family has been replaced with anxiety from having one!" she writes. "Joel reminds me that creating a family is a chaotic, beautiful mess. I'm not perfect and neither is he, but we're in this together -- all soon-to-be four of us."
For Jones' full People blog post, click here.
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