Dear Diary,

When I became a first time mom, I thought I would finally feel like an adult. Heck, I’m in charge of another human being. If that didn’t make me an official grown up, I didn’t know what would! But then I realized being a new mom is a lot like being back in elementary school. Most mornings, I eat finger foods for breakfast with my daughter, Dora and Barney. I’ve grown to love that purple, fuzzy dinosaur who I once thought was a little weird. I now think he’s pretty darn talented. I play peek-a-boo as I dress my daughter for the day and sing Skidamarink a dink a dink in the car. Here’s 6 other reasons why being a new mom is like being back in elementary school.

I Have Snack Time

As a new mom, I am always munching on Goldfish, Cheerios and fruit snacks—usually of the      floor.  When I was in the second grade, I remember trading food with other students at lunch time. Now, my mommy friends and I swap recipes.

I Have Labels

I’m not the most organized person.  But when I become a new mom, I attempted to keep my daughter’s room in order. I label bins for hair bows, socks and other accessories.

I Have Nap Time

I now need naps. On the weekends, I sleep when my daughter is sleeping—although I didn’t do that when she was first born. Unfortunately during the week, I can’t fall asleep on the job, or else I may wake up in the unemployment line. Maybe I’ll move to Spain where they take siestas seriously. They even have a sleeping competition with points awarded for snoring and pretty pajamas.

I Have Art Class

I now shop at Michael’s and can tell you what aisle tempera paint is in. I can tell you about a dozen art project ideas you can make using your hand print  I carry crayons in my purse.

I Have Field Trips

In the past year, I lost count of the number of trips taken to the science center, children’s museum, aviary, zoo, park and indoor playground. I’ve gotten permission from my employer to take a day off.

I Have a Uniform

When I was pregnant, I grew my hair out and rocked a ponytail until my daughter was one.  I selected shoes for comfort not style. I wore mostly sip on’s—what little girls rock, since they are still mastering the art of tying their shoes laces. I bought my first pair of yoga pants—note, I’m not enrolled in a yoga class. And my closet is full of shirts that billow out at the bottom to camouflage an after baby belly.

Hey DFTM Fam–In what ways have you returned to your elementary school days?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. Arelis Cintron

    I don’t have kids yet but I actually miss some of those things. When my nieces and nephew was born I would look forward to having those things around, including crayons or colored pencils. I longed for a reason to visit the local toy store, to not just look fora gift but to play with the toys. I am currently trying to bring nap time to my job but I just get side looks, like really Arelis, lol Perhaps we could be neighbors in Spain?


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