Jelly Bellies and Mom Genes

I like most people. I can be around some more than others, but I generally get along with everyone, and I typically prefer for my life to proceed in that way.

However, there is one type of person—a type of female—that I have avoided like poison…since I was old enough to think.

This particular type of female has emerged in various unpleasant forms repeatedly throughout every single stage of my life. So, because all of their behavior started in early childhood, I will hereby refer to these females as…

“Baby Hoggers.”

You know those little girls who practically have someone’s baby in their arms the second they set eyes on the child? The girls all the moms call “sweet,” “caring,” and “motherly,” while you stand by, quietly and politely waiting your turn to hold the baby…if you are asked…because you know that sometimes asking questions is rude, and that’s not your baby anyway?

Those girls who don’t understand the concept of sharing very well and aren’t capable of making real friends because they’re too busy concentrating on what they want for themselves?

They will also likely take over the world one day…which will not be awesome. It will be terrifying. Because they will not actually know what they are doing.



Those girls are Baby Hoggers.

Things don’t really change as you grow up together either…

They just shift a little bit.

boy hogger

At some point they separate into two types:

Type 1—The one who hates you and bullies you until one of you dies.

Type 2—The one who suddenly and seemingly miraculously decides she LOVES you and wants to be your best friend ever until the day one of you dies.

They are still the same people. If I were to draw a Venn diagram out of them for you, this is what it would like:

Baby Hogger Venn Diagram

And just when you think adulthood has whipped some sense into these girls…

Scenario: Your “friend” discourages you from pursuing your awesome life goals because “you’re not cut out for that” or “that’s a terrible idea.”

Reality: no, she is not your friend, and she discourages you because she is jealous of you and is just looking out for #1. She wants all that awesomeness in life for herself, and unlike her, you actually have a brain that comes up with ideas. If she steals your ideas, she will take credit for them, expect you to worship her for it, and will not share anything in return…because she is a HOGGER.

Scenario: When you start a family, that “kind lady” begins to offer “suggestions” for how to raise your child—particularly at times when you are not asking for anyone’s advice.

Reality: She either wants everyone to think she is the best mother on the planet, or is a Supermom wannabe who is judging you so hard because… she is so jealous of you. She wants what you’ve got and doesn’t want you to have it at all. And, if she can get away with it, she will put you down as a mom to feel good about herself as a… not-mom. Fortunately for you, it seems to be socially unacceptable to tell other people how to raise their kids, so if you let her know who’s boss in your family matters real quick, you shouldn’t have too much trouble later…we hope, anyway.

In the end, what it all comes down to is this:

Baby hoggers want to suck all of the joy out of your soul, and they will do so in any way that comes easiest to them. Why? Because they want to hog your happiness. And why do they insist on not sharing? Because it’s actually not about being happy at all. It’s not about babies, boys, or even just being awesome. It’s simply about making everyone around them THINK they are awesome, can get all the boys, are the best babysitter/mom ever, and all other things that display an aura of success and coolness in life.

They will totally rock at making you think you are best friends forever… until they don’t get what they want from you. Then, they will immediately begin to bully you incessantly until they get what they want from you.

Here just a few ways you can expect them to attempt this:

  • They are easily irritated with everything, complain about everything, and have an opinion (usually a negative one) about everything you say or do.
  • They will insert just enough kind words to smooth over their negativity so that you’ll stay in their game.
  • They will try to tell you how you feel and try to convince you that you think certain things–things that actually never crossed your mind a fraction until they mentioned them.
  • They may suddenly give you the silent treatment as a punishment for something.
  • They may never actually end a silent treatment.
  • They hijack your friends and turn them against you. (This is an ultimate win for them.)
  • If you even barely resist them in any way, they will vehemently resist you, and you can certainly expect a threat or two when that happens.
  • They flawlessly suck up to everyone when their reputation/popularity is on the line.

If none of these (or other) methods succeed in manipulating you into getting them what they want, they will simply give up and abruptly leave your life or resent you and harbor bitterness toward you that builds every time they have to see your face.

That being said, girls….are nuts.

Choose your girl friends wisely.


In Hintsight

Not too long ago, I was talking with a couple of girl friends about how the creepiest guys will not leave us alone. We were especially concerned about a particular guy we know who comes across extremely desperate and then gets angry and defensive upon a girl rejecting him…a terribly serious red flag…but one of my friends told us that she told it to him straight. Yeah, she let him know how much of a creep he is. She said she has decided to do exactly that from now on when it comes to guys who can’t take a hint.

Why the thought to do this myself had never crossed my mind until then………….. I have no idea.

Since then, I have started practicing on being more upfront and telling it to them “like a man.”

* Note: The guy in the convo below is not one of the  “creeps”…just someone I am especially NOT interested in.

My responses in pink.


tell it to em straight



Short of Fun, Isn’t It?

So I have this issue where I’m really petite—not just short or skinny—but really a miniature adult. Yes, for those of you who know me, I just called myself an adult. Note: That’s because I am one.

Surprise! Happy birthday to me. This year I turned 21. :) Yay

I would say something like, “Okay, so back to my issue”… but that is my issue—people do not perceive me as an adult.

I will say that some of the blame can be attributed to my personality and the way I present myself. I mean, I guess I can’t really blame people for talking to me as if I were a kid when I’m clearly interested in fun kid kinds of things—like smiling and giggling, playing silly games, eating candy…

About a year ago, I was walking down the candy aisle at Target with my mom and stumbled upon some Cadbury eggs… that were extremely on sale. Bubbling over with joy, I exclaimed to my mom that we just HAD to get them. As I reached to grab some from the shelf, a lady passing by interrupted me with, “Don’t get those—they’ll stunt your growth!”

My thoughts in that moment:

Ummm, yeah. TOO LATE!

You would think I’d be used to people speaking down to me by now. I mean, it happens all the time. Well, unfortunately, I am not. This is because some people actually do regard me as an adult.

I know the freedom of adulthood and feel restricted (and therefore offended) when people perceive and talk to me as if I were still a child.

It’s equally complicated to figure out how to respond to people when they do such a thing. Though I usually just laugh it off, there are times that it really hurts my feelings. My primary reaction is to avoid these situations altogether. So how do I go about this?… Well,

Things that I think make me look my age:

  • Wearing makeup…The more, the older, right?
  • Wearing heels.
  • Wearing classy/expensive clothes.
  • Carrying classy/expensive accessories.
  • Carrying myself well: having confidence and good posture
  • Being assertive, outgoing, and conversational.
  • Doing all of the above at the same time.

To my despair, the most hurtful comments that have ever been made toward me were said as I was doing each of those.

You might think it complimentary for people to say things like, “Well, you look like a kid!” or, “You look like you could be 13 or 14 years old,” or, “Shouldn’t you have a parental figure with you or something? You look a little young to be walking around here by yourself.”

Sure, maybe for a day of your life you could get an ego boost out of appearing a bit more youthful. But think about what it would be like to experience, or at least expect, this type of interaction with people every day of your life.

It might be fun to be perceived as a child while you feel like a child and are carelessly doing childish things. But it is not fun to be perceived as a child while you are trying to be taken seriously. Let’s be more specific.

It does not feel good to be thought of as a child when you are:

  • a 21-year-old woman
  • a single 21-year-old woman interested in dating (single) 21-year-old-ish men
  • a 21-year-old woman communicating with potential employers and trying to land a “real” job
  • anyone working your life away trying to make something out of yourself from scratch

Imagine, or remember, being at this point in your life, worrying about your future, and maybe even shedding a few tears with your close friends and relatives, when someone carefully bends down to look you in the eye and say, “Now tell me: What does Auburn University offer to little girls?”

This is called a blow to the ego.

A person’s intentions are not relevant because saying such things is simply inappropriate and unnecessary. However, people will continue to speak very condescendingly, usually without realizing it. And, regardless of whether I know they are trying to be friendly or offensive, it will continue to hurt my feelings. It is what it is; and that is, in one word, insulting.