Hello, My Name is Jenn and I’m Addicted to the Internet

It started for me back with AOL and my fascination to connect with people and surf for information hasn’t gone away.

Last year and some odd months, I started this blog. It has since become more than a hobby and started to suck away my free time.
Then someone told me about Twitter. I swore I wouldn’t join because I was already online too much, have enough social networking going on with Facebook, plus WHO wants to know what I’m doing 24/7? Umm, no thanks stalkers!
… I now have two Twitter accounts.
Then don’t get me started on eBay! Running home to catch an auction before it ended became my obsession my sophomore year of college… When I had JUST enough grant money to help me splurge on a some $7 jeans and $15 perfume. But trouble came when I’d be so determined to win I’d go WAY over what I was REALLY winning to spend. I’d feel happy for a moment but then the remorse would set in.
I since tamed my online auction shopping addiction, however now as this little girl grows inside me, I have a new category to search for in rows and rows of items. And let me tell you there are some DEALS!!
Look what I’ve won already everything total including shipping for about $40:

$10 for all 3!



$17 for the set of 10!
My next thing is to get colorful onesies to make all of these dresses more modest for my little one! But I’ll wait to see what I get first from family/ friends.

And this is what I’m keeping my eye on (don’t even THINK about bidding against me!):

I’ve been trying to be mindful of the seasons and sizes on the things I’m getting. I figure it’s better to be too big than too small with dresses. Oh yea, notice that there are no pants? I’m not sure if I’ll ever buy her any!

The bad thing about my eBay and Twitter addictions is less time for blogging, but not just posting, I usually still find time to jot down my thoughts, but blog engaging! I’ve turned into a… Dare I say it… BLOG STALKER! Lurking in the bushes, reading blogs, hopping along from blog to blog, not letting you know I’m laughing, crying, or interested in your thoughts. Funny thing is, I don’t encourage blog stalking… And I’ve become a stalker myself.

I would like to give a shout out to some of my blog friends though who have stuck by me despite my new bad habits. I out back my Top Commentators widget (my other one broke) and I wanna give a shout out to them, plus a few others! Don’t be sad if I skipped you, I plan to do this more often and I looked to see which ones were loyal commentators on posts other than giveaways.
Alanna, I think has gotta be one of my top commentators. I love her words of wisdom and we are not too far apart from each other in our pregnancies. She’s about 25 weeks along now and she’s currently in need of prayers since they’re trying to figure out their financial situation before their little baby comes and she has to take time off work.
Jessica, from My Silly Monkeys I think we stalk each other, but when I get a comment from you it makes my day, it’s ok when I don’t though cause you’re there to answer my desperate twitter DMs 20 times a day even though you’re due to pop any day now.
Mammatalk, I love your blog, and when you comment on something I’ve written it brightens my day because you know what… You’re a WAY better writer than me, and quite frankly, I’m honored to have entertained you for a few moments.
Jen, I love this sweetheart. Jen and I tend to chat more on twitter but she is a LOYAL commenter on my blog! And not just for all of the giveaways. I owe her big time for visiting me all of the time. Jen is TTC for baby number one and she blogs about her life After the Alter.
Kate from Busted Plumbing has a special place in my heart. I felt so worried after finding out I was pregnant that I would loose the TTC friends I made. Kate has been so nice and supportive of me and I’ve been rooting her on in her journey. I LOVE her blog and her humor, you MUST check her out!
And just some other people I love: Gena from The Morris Bunch, (who is hooking me up with some old baby girl clothes, can I get a whoop?!), Johanna from (The Road To) Mommyland. I’ve read her blog for awhile now, from when she had been TTC almost a year to now, she’s due about a week after me! Emily from Baby Dickey, I loved reading about her pregnancy and now life as a new mommy! Sheena who was the Mommy in Mommy Daddy blog but is re-defining her blog self over at Sophistishe! Love her new spot, love her new voice, love that she’s also up at crazy hours of the night to instant message with me on google chat! Check her out!
Ok, for real, I need to do this more often! I have other blogs I love on my “friends” page if you’re looking for other reading material. I recommend you check these peeps out cause they rock and keep me addicted to the internet!

Are you a stalker? Come out of the wood works, and say hi! And I’ll be sure to visit you, even if it’s been awhile, even if I’ve NEVER “met” you! I’d love to meet you now!

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  1. OMG you sound like me my 2nd year in school. I was ordering up some stuff on Ebay like nobody’s business. I can tame myself now. Around the holidays it got a little scary. And Etsy…oh boy don’t get me started.

    You got some cute dresses! I don’t think I’ll buy pants for my FutureGirl. If so, they will be cute little skinny legs.

  2. Hey Jen-
    You are so funny!
    I love your blog but stopping by too often induces sadness for me b/c after ttc for so many years, I had to move on and develop an identity outside of “Mommy” b/c the Mommy thing just did not work out.
    I so wish I could relate personally to your joy but in any case, I am excited for your new baby girl to arrive and find it fun to follow your journey, even if it’s a bit vicarious. In the world of Mommy bloggers I don’t really fit in but I am working on finding my space.
    Hope you are feeling well!

  3. What a great spread of gear! If I ever have a girl I’m not dressing her in pants till she asks for them. You have GOT to get that red and black checked dress!!!

  4. Hi, dropped in from SITS and you can contact me if you think I can be of any help to you. I have four, two boys and two girls, eldest, 14 and youngest 6. I had all normal deliveries and breastfed all of them till they were school age. So if you need me, I’m at gaelikaasdiary.blogspot.com

  5. Ok why am I reading this at 1:25 am? Oh yes cause I had to get up to pee & now Dot is squirming away inside me & I can’t sleep! Lol anyway I love you too and will put up with 400 DMs if you need it πŸ˜‰ I don’t always answer right away but as soon as I can I do.

    Your right though you busted me I am more of a stalker than a comenter but hey like you said I am very preggo & have 4 lil boys runnin about! I can’t promise ill get better at commenting though life will def be getting much busier with a little girl in the house.

    And finally I have to admit those are some pretty dang cute dresses you got! I too need to get some onesies! And you my dear need some tights! Dot has 2 pair of white ruffle butt tights & then a bunch of dittany baby tights that are so cute! Ahhh I can’t wait until both of our lil girls are here πŸ˜€ ok back to sleep for me…I hope

  6. I think a few pairs of girly jeans and a couple of adorable sweaters should round out what you need for winter, and while I swore up and down my girl would never be in pink if it were up to me, I settled down and we have her wear what works best for the occasion. For example, when she’s older, and is invited to a bounce house party, you may want to look into some cute play clothes. πŸ™‚ That said, the dresses (the ones you have and the ones you are watching) are adorable. We only have a few per season, since we only wear them to church.

    And I have a blog that I don’t keep up with as much as I’d like if you haven’t stalked it already. I still have some posts that need to be back-dated and posted: http://notcrunchy.blogspot.com

  7. I know this is hard advice, but be very picky about what you buy for spawnie. Only because once you have started collecting clothes, you realize that there is a lot of stuff you bought that you aren’t quite crazy about. and there are only so many days for her to wear it all. ANd as a former ebay addict I know the thinking that “I’ll just sell it later if I don’t want it”, but that will NOT be happening once you have the baby. I’m pretty good about reselling my stuff, but I still have three boxes of unwanted baby clothes to auction off, and my baby girl is 4!

    So only buy clothes that you are madly in love with! Just about everything is cute. Some of it is really, really cute. But you need to LOVE it.

    And I can’t believe you picked a name already. I was compiling a nice little list of possibilities for you!

  8. I went e-bay CRAZY when I was pregnant with my daughter. With my son, not so much..But my daughter, you couldn’t pull me off of e-bay for hours. If an auction was ending, you couldn’t make me leave the computer. Those last 5 minutes are CRUCIAL!!! You just have to get that extra dollar in! When her first birthday came around, I did the same thing trying to win this Rare Editions first birthday dress. It’s white with a skirt that has glitter confetti in it and it ties in the back. It has a little cake on the top that has a 1 on it. Oh, it’s adorable, and she looked so pretty in it! E-bay was the only place I could find it in size 12 months. I love that dress.

  9. I’m definitely not a stalker of your blog…you KNOW I’m here! LOL But I don’t have a blog of my own. I did for a short while, but no one read it, and then I discovered Facebook. And there was the end of my blog.

    Your outfits are super cute!


  10. LOL I love the stuff you picked out! I also love the dresses you are waiting on! How adorable! It’s so much fun to talk to you on Twitter about stuff!

  11. Such cute clothes! I am so, so happy you posted some more mom-to-be blogs – I’ve been searching for more to read and think this may do the trick!

  12. Hey Jenn, thank you so much for the shout-out!

    I admit, things have been so busy for me that I’ve gone to lurking myself. But I always ALWAYS make time for my BBM. You’d never lose me! LOL Besides I’ve been TTC so long now that if I dropped a friend because they are preggo, I’d be a pretty lonely gal πŸ˜‰ I am HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY for you, and enjoy living vicariously! You are the best, and make my heart happy.

    Ok, on to business. I love that polka dot jacket. Seriously. Best. Find. Ever. I wonder if they make it in grown up sizes! And plaid dress, awesome!

  13. Such cute dresses! With it getting close to Easter time, seeing all the adorable little dresses in the stores make me kind of wish I had a girl to dress in them. But I get to buy my little guy an adorable little suit, so that will have to do! πŸ™‚ And hey, you live in Texas where it’s warm (at least, compared to here in Ohio!) so an all-dress wardrobe would be perfect! πŸ™‚

  14. I am online a lot too….normally I have my son sitting in my lap playing with some random toy while I am on there. I love ebay and those are good deals for the baby clothes. The brown dress you are watching is just too adorable!

  15. so yes i have stalked you from the moment i found you. i have told my readers about you too. i just don’t always have the time to tell you how much i really do enjoy reading your blog…sorry. i will try to be better.

  16. You just opened up a dark locked area of my life that I thought I was done and over with. My husband calls it “The months I lost my wife”….to eBay…I can’t go back there Jenn. You posting those great finds have my fingers itching for that mouse trigger again…

    My best, Lynn
    *I still DO buy don’t get me wrong, I’d be crazy not to, but I just don’t have a million things in my “watching” folder anymore. Sorry girl, but I am now on the search for that polka dot jacket! ;o)

  17. You are too funny- those dresses are all darling though! Im excited you are having a little girl- they are truly the best! I had no idea Ebay had those kinds of deals and cute things!

  18. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the clothes – but especially that Coat – OMG! Just wanted to let you know that I have a 15 month old daughter (and a 3 year old son) who has only worn pants less then 10 times IN HER LIFE! I can honestly count on both hands… its a running joke in my family… I’m such a girly girl – I hope she is too… I’m working hard on it. I think its working – she refuses to leave her room in the morning without a pair of shoes on! LOL and she has MANY!!! Pedipeds are some of my favorites – check them out! πŸ™‚

  19. I’m some what of a stalker. I think we starting talking on twitter and then I got slack and we lost touch. But I absolutely love your blog and it’s given me the courage to start my own blog. I think that it’s great that there are so many moms blogging and supporting each other. I wish I would have found this network when I was pregnant because it was rough.

    And it would have been nice to have a circle of other mommy friends to vent to and share my experience with. Now, I’m more comfortable with the thought of maybe adding a second one to mix because I know that there is a support system out there full of young moms like me who are just waiting to connect with other moms and help them along way.

    But check out my blog:yummommy.blogspot.com or my website: youngurbanmodernmommies.tripod.com. It’s still in the development stages, but I think you’ll get the concept I’m going for.

  20. Jennifer,
    I’m sure you don’t remember me, but I am Drew Dowling’s wife… you guys went to BYU together. I found you through Siovhan’s blog and thought it was the cutest thing… congrats on your baby and i love stalking your blog!

  21. Ah!! Thank you for the sweet shout out! I was wondering why my traffic increased this morning…. And, the admiration is mutual. You are one smart, savvy lady. I kinda wanna be you when I grow up.

    Not sure how that works out considering I am older than you, but it’s true! :+)

  22. sometimes I’m a stalker, sometimes I’m a commenter. I would love to figure out how to get people to comment on mine. I know there are a lot who read it but don’t comment. hmmmm.

  23. Hi Jenn, my name is Alanna, and I am also an internet addict.

    But at least you know I’m there, and I’m not just a stalker. πŸ™‚ Although I must admit I do stalk several blogs regularly. *blush* And you know that once I go on maternity leave and I don’t actually have to work 8 hours a day, I will be on Twitter way too much too. πŸ™‚

  24. I haven’t had a chance to tell you but congrats on the little girl! You think you are bad now, just wait. And you didn’t even have shoes thrown into that mix yet…trouble.

    I still check in from time to time but the blog world has slowed down considerably as work picked up. Continuing to follow along as your journey towards motherhood continues. πŸ™‚

    Take care.

  25. Yeah!! I won, so excited. I will e-mail you my address.

    And yeah, I used to not only buy things on e-bay but sell things.. talk about addicting.

  26. Hi! Found you months back and have been stalking since. I am in the mode you were when you first started this blog; vacuuming all the possible info out there before I TTC. I’m in the research mode now, won’t actually TTC for about a year or so. Love what you’ve done and I was on Team Pink! Can’t wait to see Young Spawnie!


  27. Hi, my name is Megan.I thought I would come out of the woodwork and introduce myself. I just started reading your blog and I’m hooked! Congrats on your baby girl…can’t wait to see her.

  28. Hi Jenn! I’m addicted to the internet too and a self-confessed blog stalker! I love your blog! Not sure where I found it from though. Feel free to visit and comment over on mine. πŸ™‚

    P.S. Great E-Bay finds!

  29. Hi Jenn, I am one of your stalkers. Oh, plus it was thanks to you that I became a blog addict. I asked previously to help me come out of it and Yakini from Prissy Mommy called on my blog to help. That was very nice. I love your blog so much I mentioned you in my latest post. Check it out and let me know.

    I love the little black coat with the white flowers.

  30. Hi Jenn! My name is Andrea and I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I found it through a post you did on mormonmommyblogs (I’m not LDS but I stumbled on MMB during a random blogstalking trip set off by the blog of an LDS friend of mine. I just kept clicking the links and ended up here!). Let me just say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your pre-ttc and pre-pregnancy posts! I am getting married this year and hopefully will be trying for our own Spawn soon after and I am so thankful that somebody else had all the same questions and wasn’t afraid to write about them!

    Okay, this is getting to be a long comment. Thanks again and can’t wait to see that precious baby girl!

  31. I don’t know if I necessarily consider myself a “stalker”… I think I just feel like I should only comment when I have something to interesting say (or if I’m sure the blog author isn’t going to be weirded out that some random girl in Las Vegas is reading her blog).

  32. hehe. LOVE the dressed you picked out! And I’m a semi-stalker. I get your blog via email & rarely am on an actual computer to comment. But I do respond to your tweets (mamacampbell)!

  33. I agree. I love the internet it just sucks you in. I love eBay…I need to stay off of it. I enjoy blogging so much the hubby says I do it so much. I keep on blogging I will keep on reading.

  34. Hello Jenn! I just found your web site and was reading your older post, ( by the way, I really like the way you write ) The post I wanted to comment on was your biracial post. I am a white woman from Texas, I had three beautiful children, two boys and a girl. My oldest son married a black girl, Michelle. I love her like a daughter, and she gave me three beautiful grand children, two boys and a beautiful girl. She is my sons choice and I love her also. Yes, I worry about my grandkids being biracial, I would fight to the death any one who hurt any of my grand kids! I can understand your concerns, but we just love them and hope they will be met with understanding. Your new friend from Texas Janey

  35. Oh, I stalk you! My blog isn’t all that exciting (or consistently updated) but I love to read others’ blogs. Especially yours! And I was so there for your Blue or Pink party, and switched my guess from girl to boy at the last minute–doh! I should have stuck with my first guess. Congrats on expecting a girl! Ours is 2 1/2, and we’re trying (off and on, kinda not trying NOT to, ya know?) for our second. No luck in the past year and a half, though. At least I can get excited for friends and fellow bloggers’ babies!!!

  36. I’m a stalker. I love to read your blog, but never have time to actually keep up with all the comments and such. So I usually just pass on commenting. But I love reading, and seeing what I have to look forward to. :D. I’m 14 weeks along with my first. πŸ˜€

  37. Hi! I guess I would have to say I’ve been stalking you! πŸ™‚ I subscribe to your blog by email and always look forward to your posts. My husband and I are going to start trying for a baby this spring, but I’ve been following you for months now. You kind of remind me of myself… I want to know EVERY detail about what to expect, others’ experiences, etc. πŸ™‚ I’ve even thought of starting my own blog, but have no idea how to begin. Maybe someday. πŸ™‚

  38. Thanks for the shout-out! I guess I’m a stalker…but I’ll comment more! I know I LOVE reading comments on my blog. I mean, how incredible is it that we can all connect through this Internet thing?! I find myself talking about my “blog friends” who I’ve never really met in-person, but still know me intimately through my blog. I am so enjoying this journey with you.

  39. Jepoardy was bad, very very bad. You have no idea what you are in for with baby nails. If you can catch them sound asleep it is best. But they are super sharp so unless you want scartches you gotta cut them.

    You are very beautiful yourself! I bet your daughter will be adorable.

  40. Hey Futuremama! We have to keep this internet thing in check, right? Or else we won’t have a life to blog about, LOL!

    I love having your comments on my blog! Great to have you coming over!

  41. I too am adding my name to your stalking list πŸ™‚ I think i did comment on here about a year ago….but then reverted to stalker mode πŸ™‚ LOVE all the dresses! After having 2 sons, I had a little girl (who is now nearly 2) so I TOTALLY get the obsession with dresses and all things pretty and pink!! I’m expecting my 4th baby now and am ‘the happiest person alive’ that it’s another girl! My hubby thinks it’s just because i’ll get to re-use all the clothes :)! Anyway Love stopping by and reading your blog!!

  42. Ebay is great for selling baby things too. Just last week I put up an auction selling all the old Playtex drop in bottles we don’t use anymore. I didn’t think anyone would buy them, but they did! I’m now $20 richer! Woohoo! πŸ™‚

  43. Hi my name is Brooke! I was told to look at your blog from one of my friends and now I can’t stop reading! i love the way you write, and I am due 2 days after you are with my first as well, and feel sorry for my own child because his/her mommy DEF doesn’t write as well as you do! I seriously should just copy your letters to spawnie and but them in my baby journal as if I wrote them, because you articulate your thoughts and feelings just like I would dream to! I am def. a stalker from UT since you do not know me AT ALL, but love hearing about your journey, since we are on the same page almost! I am so excited for you to have a beautiful baby girl and it was so fun seeing you reveal it at your pink/blue party! I told myself I would live vicariously through you, since my husband and I are waiting til our baby is born to know the sex πŸ™‚ I am so excited for you and your hubby and love reading your blog! take care!

  44. oh my gosh! I love all your cute clothes you found on ebay. Especially the brown plad one, I’m just dying over that one! My husband would LOVE that BYU one, so cute πŸ™‚ Now I want a little baby girl again.
    I can totally relate to you on your internet addiction. It’s getting worse for me!

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