Jennifer Stauffer's Blog – January 2012 Archive (20)

Working Mom Style: 3 Simple Ways to Dress up your Hair Right Now

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 27, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Top 10 Baby Myths

By: Jennifer S.

Mommy Huh

I was the first of my family and friends to have a baby last year during the baby boom. Cousins were pregnant, co-workers were pregnant, friends were pregnant, even famous people who are significantly older than me were pregnant. I began to suspect babies aren’t really made the way my mother told me. I think sometimes you can get pregnant from drinking water.…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 26, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments

Adventures in Grandparenting

Grandparents are special people;

  • There are lots of t-shirts complimenting their generosity (If daddy says no, grandpa says yes).
  • We have special days to honor them with house plants & neck ties.
  • They are presented with global awards for their outstanding service (World’s Best Grandparent).
  • They are the most cost-effective child care option and provide a low grandparent-grandchild ratio to provide special…
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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 25, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Working Mom's Guide to Social Media

I talk about myself a lot. But then again, this is the place to do so. This is MY blog.

On Twitter I am known as DCWorkingMommy. Why? Because I am a mommy who works in Washington, D.C.  Clever, no?

I don’t talk about the specifics of what I do, however I share some of the drama that I sometimes encounter.

  • Driving in DC makes me CRAZY! Trying to avoid all social media until my chill pill kicks in.…
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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 24, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Dream a Little Dream of Bad Parenting

I’m aware of the fact that I dream every night, although I usually (and thankfully) forget the specifics. The subject matter has not improved with age. When I used to suffer nightmares about showing up at school naked, I now suffer nightmares about showing up at work naked. Must say, my post-breastfeeding boobs look pretty good. I still dream about running and not getting anywhere, falling out of the sky, and being trapped in a car underwater. This might be a cry for help, but mostly I think…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 23, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Snow: Everybody Panic!

Snow; a word that incites panic and excitement. Panic for the adults and excitement for the young and young at heart.

On Friday afternoon, there was nervous office chatter about the snow and wintry weather headed our way.  If you don’t know what that means in Washington, D.C., let me illustrate a picture for you. Although it is not necessary to stock up on toilet paper and water, it is necessary to conform with all the other panic-stricken zombies who are. Go to the grocery store…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 23, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

My Love Affair with Mr. Darcy

I remember that afternoon at the office water cooler. Two of my co-workers were discussing their summer reading lists. I jumped in to the conversation by admitting I couldn’t remember the last time I had read a book and I was curious if they had any recommendations.

When I was growing up, if I didn’t have a Barbie in my hand, I had a book. Yes, I was that kid. It started with an encyclopedia…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Drugs, Theft, and Bad Things Little Girls Do

I’ve already confessed to forgery. But I’ve done other hard crimes too.

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me or reads this blog that Barbies were an important part of my childhood. Not in a BFF kind of way, but more in a drug addict kind of…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 20, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments

I Know My Humor is Around Here Somewhere

I can’t tell a joke and I probably won’t tell this one very well. I am that annoying person who has to go back a moment before the punch line because I forgot to mention some crucial detail. I’m obsessed with being punctual, but that doesn’t mean I have good comedic timing.

I gave all of my comedic timing to my son.

My husband, mother, and I were discussing the pool of republicans running for the presidential nomination. Party animals, right? My son was too busy thinking about…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 19, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Mom-Zombies Wear Aprons

I have a lot of things in my house that serve no purpose.I have them simply because I can. They might have been a good bargain or a well intentioned gift, but they serve no purpose in my life. Bath loofahs are a good example. I probably have 10, am always acquiring more, but never-ever use them.

I can take little credit for the meals which are prepared in our house. My husband is chef. I am cooking-assistant (yes, that’s what he really calls me). I peel potatoes, chop onions, boil…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 18, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

I’m Gonna Be a What: Accepting Motherhood

One of the absolute best moments of my entire life was the moment I saw my son for the first time. Of course it was! My entire life would never be the same.

But months before the birth of our son, an unexpected moment made me realize how my life was about to change.

I was 5 months pregnant before two tests confirmed our family would be growing. It wasn’t a dramatic I-Didn’t-Know-I-Was-Pregnant (on TLC) moment, just a surprise that I had a difficult time accepting. Babies…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 17, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments

The Bee Gees Gene

Let me preface what follows with two key points:

1. If a child does something interesting once, it’s only interesting. If they do it consistently, then you’ve got something to worry about.

2. My taste in music sucks… as in I have no taste in music.

Having a child in and of itself is full of surprises. Despite expecting unexpected moments, I have noticed an unusual behavior in child that isn’t mentioned in What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year. During…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 9:08pm — No Comments

The Toy-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named

My son doesn’t have a Jack-in-the-box. Excuse me while I pause and breathe a sigh of relief.

But what does alarm me are the toys that play music, light up, or have some other battery operated function… especially at 3 am.

If you’re a mom it’s not hard to imagine that 3 am wake-up call from your child. You hear a small sound coming from the baby monitor and hope it doesn’t become a bigger more upset sound. But the moans and groans become a cry and you accept your fate (if you…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments

The Moral of Griswold Family Vacations

I have never been a world traveler. I’ve only ever left the country to go to Canada, didn’t go to Walt Disney World until I was 19 years old, flew once on an airplane when I was 2 years old and not again until I was 24, and I have never been on the West Coast.

I can still remember those random winter days when we would gather for a family meeting to discuss where we wanted to go for our family vacation. Being the ten year old history buff I was, I always suggested colonial…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 12, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments

D is for Dishonest

In some ways, I hope my son is just like me. In most ways, I hope he isn’t.

I was an ok kid who liked to run around naked. Front yard nudity is quite harmless when white-tailed deer and turkeys are the only ones to see it. It is, however, a little embarrassing when family friends remember you for it.

The only trouble I really ever caused was behaving inappropriately during inappropriate situations (ie: laughing when my parents were being serious). My sister was usually the one…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 11, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

I was a Barbie Girl

My sister is 4 years younger than me. When we were just kids, those 4 years felt more like 40. We were, and remain to this day, total opposites. I’m reserved, she’s outgoing. I play it safe, she takes risks. I like books, she likes being active. I’m girly, she’s a tomboy. But growing up in rural Pennsylvania gave us few options for playmates. We had no choice but to get along or be alone.

Opposites or not, we could always get along long enough to play Barbies.

Our evenings and…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 11, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Messy Horrors from the Nursery

As I have said before, I have wanted children for a very long time. Despite this, I still cannot comprehend the fact that I am, actually, a mother now and responsible for a little dude. Although the desire was always there, the idea of having children always seemed foreign and distant; a concept too big to grasp, like pondering the size of the universe.

Now here I…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 10, 2012 at 2:16pm — No Comments

An Obsession and a Commitment

Weekends are usually bad for blogging. Give me a little me-time and I’ll squeeze it so full of projects, errands, and tasks that you’d think motherhood has taught me to somehow manipulate time itself. Like Santa Claus.

If you’re into numbers, my weekend math works something like this:

Time for mom + full-time with baby + domestic tasks (73) = Where did the time go?

If you’re not into numbers, that means I keep myself busy all…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 10, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

Behind the Bathroom Door

As if I am still 10 years old, it makes me giggle to think that everyone goes to the bathroom. I won’t name names, but EVERYONE goes to the bathroom, myself included. </immaturegiggles>

 

There is little mystery as to what happens in bathrooms; most likely if I am in the bathroom I’m not using my sewing machine to make a draft dodger (yes, this is the max of my sewing machine skills), or designing a chocolate factory with a t-square, or…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 6, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Best Christmas Gifts Aren’t Free But You Already Have Them in Your Home

With a young son, Christmas was not a major production although we all strived to make it special. It was important that baby’s first Christmas be filled with special memories we will share with him through pictures and stories when he’s a little older. But of course, our good intentioned gifts were not so well received.

In early November when my son went through a surge of developmental milestones, I upgraded Christmas. He was certainly not going be passive about Christmas…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 5, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

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