The preternaturally lovely Blake Lively and her equally delicious husband are expecting their second child. Their daughter, James Reynolds, is 2 years old. Which means the couple will have two children under 3 years old at once. And I have to tell you as a mom, no matter how beautiful/rich/famous/happy you are, the jump from one kid to two is when parenting gets real. So I'm wondering what Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds parenting style is like? Are they parents who never say the word "no"? Are they tough love parents? Do they co-sleep, do they do the whole "attachment parenting" thing?
Well, if their social media game is to be believed (and why wouldn't it, guys? Why wouldn't it?), Lively and Reynolds put a healthy premium on laughter when raising their daughter James. The couple have remained quite private about the day-to-day realities of raising their daughter, but whenever they do open up about parenting, they clearly consider keeping a good sense of humor a top priority. Let's face it; Reynolds might be famous for the surprise hit movie Deadpool, but lately his parenting tweets have been so hilarious and on point that he could seemingly make a living just tweeting his dad thoughts.
For her part, Lively might not be as "in your face" funny about parenting, but she has no problem getting real. As in, she strikes me as one of those moms who just laughs and shakes her head at life. She made that clear in an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers in June when she pointed out that her parenting style isn't exactly Instagram-worthy. She told Meyers about one mom she followed on Instagram who she said, "always had a fresh blueberry pie," while "My kid is playing with, like, explosive devices. I don't know where she's found them."
Lively and Reynolds also poke fun at each other, which is helpful when parenting so that you don't forget you are actually a human being in your own right. For Reynold's first Father's Day, Lively took to Instagram with this "heartwarming" message:
Happy Fathers Day!!! Since the day our baby was born, I've felt so strongly in my heart that you were most likely the father.
Reynolds did make a fairly excellent point about team work that should have every mom out there loving him even more than they already do.
At the end of the day, it looks like these two have the right idea about parenting. You take things as they come, and as Lively told the Los Angeles Times after James was born, expect the unexpected.
You never know when you're gonna get crapped on or when you're gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics. It might be like living with a drug addict.