For the first time in my daughter’s life, she’s spending the summer away from her mommy. Up until now, her dad and I made monthly road trips, ensuring she spent quality time with both sides of her family on both sides of the state. Our shared agreement came to an end when she started school. So, for the first time, my mini me and I will go more than two weeks without seeing each other, well, unless you count Face Time!

In the beginning, it was difficult to cut the cord. I worried about her—not in the “She’s not going to come back in one-piece way,” rather the “What is she doing every hour of the day?” way. My friends and family advised me to stop being a worrywart and start enjoying my free time, which, for most moms, doesn’t occur often. It took some time, however, I now enjoy getting a bit of a break and hanging out with friends. Of course, we don’t hang like we did pre-parenthood, but when we do get out; we have a great time breaking bedtime.

Although I don’t worry about my daughter anymore, I worry about accidents. Can I share a secret? After having a baby, my bladder is not the same! There are plenty of potty breaks during the partying. Sometimes I don’t make it to the bathroom when I gotta go. Embarrassing, right? Especially since I recently helped my daughter master potty training. Who knew, I, the trainer, would experience accidents as well?
Check out this video where I confess this secret!

Well, I do. Not enough urine to cause a scene but enough to cause discomfort. I never told anyone besides my best friends. It’s embarrassing! Well, it was embarrassing. Why should we be ashamed of a little leakage? I mean, we pushed out ten-pound babies! That’s an exaggeration about my little bean, but the point is, we should embrace change.

According to Always Discreet, we’re not alone! One-in-three women experience some form of urinary incontinence. And 1-in-2 African-American women (18 years old and older) experience bladder leaks, but only 1-in-9 use incontinence products! If that’s you, Always Discreet has your back—backside. Always has feminine, discreet bladder leak protection products that can enable you to live your life to the fullest and without compromise. You can pick up Always Discreet underwear, which is far from your grandparents’ adult diapers. It’s much more form fitting. For moderate leakage, try the pads. If you need light support, like when you go dancing, try the liners.

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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.

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