Welcome to Stop, Drop & Blog. This page gives you a look at who I am, who my family is and what this blog might be about — though I reserve the right to write about whatever I want, whenever I want. It’s more fun that way.
First and foremost, I am the mastermind behind this space. I am a wife to a professional firefighter. Together we have two amazing sons. I am also a birth mother to a daughter with whom I have a relationship via open adoption. I am an editor, writer and photographer. We make our home in Ohio, but my heart lives in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information about work, visit JennaHatfield.com.
I started blogging in the Spring of 2001 and basically haven’t stopped. I started out on LiveJournal in college and had a few random websites (Geocities represent!). After college and during a year long engagement to FireDad, I ran a wedding website which turned into a blog after the wedding as the family grew. In late 2007, I was searching for a new name for the site as I felt we had outgrown the old name. In a stroke of pregnancy-induced insomnia, I came up with Stop, Drop & Blog. Yes, I got out of bed in the middle of the night to check if the domain was available and registered it on the spot. Genius waits for no one and no sleep.
If you’re interested, you can also find me on Twitter and Facebook. If you don’t care about my personal Facebook updates, which include even more cute kids pictures and idle chatter about the weather, you could like Stop, Drop & Blog on Facebook!
This guys is the thirty-something professional firefighter, husband, father, dishwasher extraordinairre, vacuumer, and general all-around-great-guy of the family. We like him. A lot. He likes the beach, fishing, hunting, napping in the recliner, Damn You Auto-Correct and playing with light sabers in the front yard.
FireDad shuns (SHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNS) Facebook. He recently was forced to adopt a Twitter account but due to the sensitive nature of his job, all of his updates are private. Hit us up via the contact form if you’re in desperate need of FireDad’s twitter account approval.
About the Couple
We were married in 2004. Together we enjoy really boring things like Jeopardy or playing Scrabble or Chess. We’re also somewhat dorkily addicted to Wii. We like snow, which is why they went skiing on their honeymoon, but we also like the beach. In fact, the outdoors are pretty darn awesome. We laugh at immature jokes, send each other stupid videos and occasionally instant message each other when in talking range.
…And then we had some kids.
BigBrother was born in November of 2005. For those that can’t do math, no, we weren’t expecting at their wedding — but we did start trying to conceive shortly after they said their vows due to a medical condition on my part. The pregnancy with BigBrother was rather hectic and complicated due to said medical condition but resulted in a healthy, eight pound, eight ounce little boy born at thirty-eight weeks gestation.
He is a very inquisitive six-year-old who loves playing on the computer. His favorite sites include Nick Jr Boost, PBS Kids, Zoodles and JumpStart. He recently got his first CD-ROM game and is enjoying hunting for Waldo. He absolutely loves to read. He plays well with his younger brother unless that child dares to touch Buzz Lightyear. Then all heck breaks loose. Really. In fact, we now have two Buzzes on premises. That doesn’t mean that teeth aren’t bared when someone dares to look at the other’s Buzz Lightyear. Seriously.
For the neb-noses among us, yes, we did choose to have their children THAT close together. Some of that was based upon the fact that BigBrother hadn’t yet started having tantrums when they made the decision. Some of it was based on the same medical condition. And some of it was based on the large age difference between our own siblings. All that aside, LittleBrother came into the world two years and one week (still in the month of November) after BigBrother arrived. He weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces. He also made it to thirty-eight weeks gestation just one day shy of the thirty-nine week mark.
Shockingly, he’s still pretty laid back. He inherited his dad’s sleeping skill, for which we are all grateful. He runs, chasing BigBrother everywhere. He’s in preschool, is already reading and may-or-may-not be left-handed. He is quite sarcastic. Just a heads up. I don’t know where he gets it. …
About the Blog
This blog is a space I have created. It houses thoughts and feelings, conversations and letters, memories and dreams, hopes and fears, photos and photos and photos. I share things about being a fire family. I share things about being a writer, a photographer, an editor. I write about motherhood, about childhood. I sometimes talk about politics and religion. I review things that I like. I occasionally accept solicited reviews, but I only review products that are a match with our family’s interests and ideals. Please feel free to email me at firemom at stopdropandblog dot com if you have a product you think we’d be interested in reviewing.
Last Updated on 1.19.2013