Diaper Diaries

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Can you count on one hand how many times you complained about changing a dirty diaper? I can’t–don’t have enough fingers. In the beginning, it was quite an adjustment as a first time mom. I couldn’t fathom how a human so small could release a package so big. Yes, we called her bowel movements “packages.” Sounds sweet. And it’s more appropriate to say package in public than poop, which still causes my nephews to burst out in uncontrollable laughter and loud ewws. After all, I had a designer diaper bag and planned to make motherhood look sophisticated and stylish!

Designer Diaper Bag

Before she was born, I probably thought she would smell like the candy bars crushed in the Name That Poo baby shower game.

Diaper Game

After time went by, I became more comfortable with diaper dialogue. I even became comfortable with being spit on, peed on and yes even pooped on. On more than one occasion, I Googled the various colors and consistencies of my daughter’s bowel movements, to make sure she wasn’t sick. I stopped holding my nose and blocked out the not so pleasant smells. When I look back, it wasn’t really that bad. Actually, I kind of miss changing diapers now that my daughter is potty training and transitioning into a full-grown walking and (sassy) talking toddler. I remember mastering diapering to the point where I could change her in her sleep!


My daughter was born in the age of disposable diapers. I couldn’t imagine living in ancient times when women used Milkweed leaf wraps, animal skins and other natural resources to swaddle their little ones. According to Diaper Jungle, Innuits, an Eskimo people, placed moss under sealskin, and Native American mothers and packed grass under a diaper cover made of rabbit skin. In warmer tropical climates, mothers anticipated their babies bowel movements, something called elimination communication. It didn’t get much easier as the centuries passed. The first disposable absorbent pad used as a diaper didn’t come on the scene until 1942.

I now give even more respect to my grandmother. During her 65 year marriage to my Grandpa Stump, she gave birth to 15 children and changed a countless number of cloth diapers for decades. My mother followed suit and enlisted the help of a diaper delivery service. When I was pregnant, I planned to do the same. Then I gave birth. I became busy with life, and the transition to motherhood. At first, I felt like I was less than other mothers for not going down the cloth route. I breastfed with one arm while blending baby food with the other. I wanted to be green! But I was more of an aqua. And you know what, that was OK! I didn’t have to give birth–naturally–to multiple children or change cloth diapers to be a good mom. I just have to do what’s best for my daughter and I.

My Dad & Daughter

Along the way, I’ve forgotten to put on a diaper while rushing to an appointment. I’ve been pooped on in public. And I’ve come home to my daughter who had a diaper on backwards.  That’s what happens when I leave my dad (the self-proclaimed I don’t change children) on diaper duty.  Well, I can’t complain too much!  One day, my daughter might be changing my diapers!  Payback from giving the gift below to my sister when she turned 40!

Adult Diapers

Hey DFTM Fam–Have any diaper dilemmas? Got tips and tricks?


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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