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Dear Diary,


I am officially a mommy!  And perhaps a hoarder.  My junk drawers are now filled with baby related things.  Things I think I’ll one day need but know I’ll never use.   There are professional pictures that I took for Christmas cards I never sent.  There are  dozens of pamphlets sent home from the hospital that I never read.  And in another drawer, there are stolen swaddles that I never wrapped Baby C in an infant.  (OK, the swaddles weren’t really swiped from the hospital.  Someone told me I could take them.  I did pack up more than I actually needed!)  So what do you do with all the stuff stuffed inside your drawers?

I decided to clear the clutter and make a time capsule.  I’m an Undomestic Diva, so this is a pretty simple project.  However, you can opt to buy a kit online.  Whether you make it from scratch or not, make sure that the container you bury will survive the elements.  Think cool and dry.  Some sites sell metal containers, which you can have engraved.  If you think you may move or don’t want the capsule to be destroyed, store it someone in your house, which is what I plan to do.  You can pack it away in the attic or make it part of your baby’s nursery decor.

Here’s a list of items you can include:

1.  Hospital ID bracelet (The hospital I gave birth at gave me, dad and daughter a bracelet.  I put one in a picture frame with Baby C’s first picture and will use the other in the time capsule.)

2.  A Copy of the birth certificate (If you are a military family, the government waives the fee to obtain an extra copy.)

3. Baby’s first booties

4. Birth Announcements (You can also cheat and create a keepsake on Shutterfly or a similar site.)

5. Hospital Swaddling Blanket (My hospital allowed moms to take home several.)

6. Letters from siblings and other family members (You can get your friends and family to write about their first impressions/feelings.  My sister passed around a journal at my baby shower and asked guests to give me parenting advice and well wishes.)

7. Front page of a newspaper (If you didn’t save this, you can pull it up online!  At the Newseum in D.C., there is an exhibit that displays newspapers from around the world, so you can print out news from other countries (especially those making up your baby’s nationality!) or cities you or the father resided in the past.)

8. TV Guide

9.  Coins/Money with the Birth Year

10. Photos

11.  CDs (You can make your own and include the top ten songs on the music charts.)

12. Video

Don’t forget to select an unsealing date!  Perhaps dig up the treasure on your child’s birthday or another special occasion.


Hey DFTM family–What other items would you include?




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.

One Response

  1. Mary

    I also took some extra receiving blankets from the hospital. Now that my son is too big to be swaddle, I use them as bibs and towels.


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