Dear Diary,

I put off writing this post. While most moms look forward to their children heading back to school, I want to roll back the hands of time. You see, my baby starts preschool on Tuesday. And if you tell that to her, she will quickly correct you and tell you that she isn’t a baby–she’s a big girl. It seems like just yesterday when I welcomed her into the world. Now that I’m a mom, I now understand all the adults who patted my head and pinched my cheeks, saying they couldn’t believe how fast I was growing up. Three weeks ago, she turned three.


Unfortunately, I can’t freeze time. I wished for that power as a child when I watched I Dream of Genie episodes, but my nose wouldn’t wiggle. So, I guess I must face the inevitable–my baby is actually a toddler. And in a few days, she’s be a preschooler.  I refuse to sit and sulk! Instead, I’m going to celebrate! I’m celebrating her sassy remarks, silly faces and big grin.


So on Saturday, we’re heading to The Mall at Robinson for Macy’s and Radio Disney’s Back to School Bash. You’re invited to meet us there! We’ll make crafts that we can add to our refrigerator galleries. Our kids can get faces painted. And we’ll shake, rattle and roll to the beat of summer. And while there, I’m sure I’ll slide my Macy’s card a couple times and purchase clothes for my preschool prima donna. The party goes down at 1 p.m. in the Kids Department at Macy’s. If you don’t live in the Burgh, no worries! You can have a back to school blast across the country! Check out the details for the Pittsburgh event and others by clicking here.

In the meantime, tell me how you’re transitioning.  Maybe you’re returning to work, dropping your baby off at daycare or sending your little one to school. How are you celebrating their childhood?

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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