Bahama Mama Heather Hopson May 18, 2012 Uncategorized ***I wrote this post when my daughter was four months old. Dear Diary, Oh, what a difference a year makes! Before becoming a first time mom, I hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. I traveled to Columbia, Thailand, Panama, the Bahamas and everywhere in between for work and play. Then I traded in the sun and the sand for the snow and a school and moved to Maryland to be closer to my long-term boyfriend. I stepped out from being in front of a camera to being in front of a classroom. I went back to school and became a reading teacher in a high needs, hard to staff school outside of Washington, DC. I guess my stress relief resulted in a beautiful baby girl 9 months later! I was very excited to welcome our bundle of joy (or bundle of cuteness as her cousins call her:) into our world. And boy has she turned my world upside down! Her original due date was July 16, but like her mother, she was fashionably late and made a grand entrance 11 days late after 27 hours of labor. It was love at first sight, and I burst out into tears when I finally met our miracle. (Well, at first, I paused and stared at this little person my doctor held up. It took a moment to register that I was now a mommy!) Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with her and stage mini photo shoots in my house. I never thought I would be a mother. But now, I can’t imagine my life being anything else! My petite princess weighed 6 1/2 pounds at birth and came home a few ounces lighter. Everyone said she looked like a baby doll, so during an afternoon photo session, I decided to sit her in her stuffed animal box, and she fit right in! I am now the mom who used to get on my nerves. The one who posts Facebook status updates on diapers most likely to leak and prenatal pills most likely to make you vomit. You know, the one who thinks it’s breaking news that her baby held up her head, rolled over, cooed, or smiled in her sleep. The woman who wants to bring her baby to monthly girls night dinner clubs (and wonders why the girls said no:) The one who orders outfits online that her child will wear only once even when her baby’s wardrobe is now larger than her own. I’m already enrolling in Mommy & Me Yoga, swimming and baby gym classes. I’m learning and loving more everyday. (Recently learned a $300 lesson about why baby bottles and Blackberries don’t mix.) Just last night someone asked me if I wished I didn’t leave Cayman. I said no, because I have Baby C because I moved. Sipping pina coladas on white sandy beaches has been replaced with bonding while breastfeeding. VIP parties and comp five course dinners have been replaced with late night cuddling and mastering homemade, baby food recipes (I’ll take puree over lobster any day!) And wondering where I would live next and if I would fulfill my purpose has been replaced with a love that overflows; a love that replaces any hint of selfishness with sacrifice; a love that stretches your heart to the moon and back; a love that sparks laughter even when you are spit up or pooped on. I am truly blessed and have no regrets. Her father has given me the best gift I’ve ever received. Although the Cayman Islands is paradise, I would give it up over and over again for the new life I now live. (But that’s not to say I won’t go back to visit and show my old life to my new daughter!) Hey DFTM family–What life changes occurred when you became a mother? Did you move to a new place? Did you start a new job? What part of your past did you leave behind? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.