Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is excited to team up with UpTV to create this sponsored post promoting #GrowingUpMcGhee, which premieres Wednesday, June 8th at 9 PM EST.  

Dear Diary,

My maternal grandparents jumped the broom as teenagers and stayed happily married for 65 years. Together, they brought 15 children into this world, which meant my grandmother spent 12 years on earth pregnant! Back then, moms depended on instincts and their village to raise their kids, not Google or Facebook. Since then, no one in our family beat the record of having 15 kids, heck no one person has even half that number! My sister has two sons, and I have one daughter.

Heather & Caitlynn

Anytime motherhood overwhelmed me, my mom reminded me that my grandmother juggled 15 kids (on her knee, breast and in her belly!) My grandmother taught me not to complained about my job, even on days she felt buried under diapers and dirty laundry. She modeled how to be patient, thankful, loving, forgiving and balanced.


If reality shows existed back then, I’m sure producers would have knocked on her door to show America how she raised such a big family (without losing her patience or her sanity! Fortunately, my desire to see how one mom raises more than a handful of children will be fulfilled this Wednesday at 9 PM EST when Growing Up McGhee premieres on  UpTV. In the new series, Ro and Mia McGhee and their adorable sextuplets, now five years old, return to television as they try their best to balance a hectic life and all that comes with it, including six different kindergarten classes and and a bustling carpet cleaning business. Life was busy enough taking care of six little babies, but now that their kids can walk, talk and get into mischief, Ro and Mia face brand new challenges and unexpected surprises that are throwing them for a loop. Diaper changes and feeding schedules have been replaced by sassy opinions and chore charts.

Here are six reasons why you should watch the sextuplets.

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1. Learn How to Shush Sassiness

As a mom to an almost five-year-old, sassiness is just as much as the daily routine as eating breakfast and brushing teeth. I want to see how Mom Mia shushes the sassiness coming out of the the little McGhee’s.


2. Learn How to Manage Time

The struggle is real getting two people out the door on time, so I can’t imagine waking, clothing and feeding five more. I can’t wait to see how Ro and Mia manage time and make it to kindergarten without being chronically absent.

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3. Learn How to Love

Ok, so as a mom, I love my daughter to the moon and back. That love is elevated to the next level when I’m sleepy. I have cleaned rooms, cooked meals, ironed clothes and refrained from raising my voice to face off with a five-year-old on no sleep and zero caffeine. I can’t wait to see how Ro and Mia show their love to their kids when they are tired and stretched in several directions.

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4. Learn How to Hang in There

Despite dropping out of high school due to a hardship, Mia McGhee didn’t give up on her dreams of success. She worked tirelessly to get her GED and then went on to obtain an Associates in Arts degree. Years later, Mia overcame another obstacle–infertility. Ro and Mia tried for 10 years to have children and miscarried along their pregnancy journey before learning they were having multiples. Doctors advised them to see a possibly pursue selective abortion. But Ro and Mia’s faith and determination carried them through and resulted in six little miracles.


5. Learn How to Keep Romance Alive

I’m curious to see how Ro and Mia keep the romance alive and find private moments in the midst of a hectic household.


6. Learn How to Be Thankful

No matter how busy the McGhees are, they always take time to express thanks! I’m sure they learned that from their mom, who is a Sunday school teacher.

Hey DFTM Fam–Why are you tuning into the Growing Up McGhee premiere? While watching, join me  on Twitter. I’ll live tweet during the show and give away great prizes–American Express gift cards!

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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