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Today, I received my weekly update from Baby Center about my daughter’s growth.  (If you haven’t done so, click on the link, fill out the form and get your own personalized emails.)  For the past 12 months, I looked forward to reading the helpful, exciting information about my daughter’s developmental milestones.  I learned about everything from breastfeeding and sleep training to child proofing and teething.   This morning, I checked my inbox and saw the same sender but a different title.  Baby Center called Baby C a toddler!!! When did that happen?  I thought she had another year to go before moving into the toddler category.  When I think of toddlers, I picture preschoolers.  Kids finger painting and eating finger foods.  I don’t think of my 17 pound petite princess.  I guess I have to get used to the fact that she’s growing up.  But no matter how many years pass, she’ll always be my baby!


DFTM family, what was your wake up call, letting you know your baby was growing up?

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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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