Playtex Baby Disclosure

Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. It’s summertime!  Will Smith sang those lyrics in 1991, before he was an Academy Award winner and an international household name. Back then, I rapped along and looked forward to the last school bell ringing, which meant no more teachers and no more books. I was heading to high school and eager to experience all that life had to offer. I dreamed of going to college and becoming a television reporter. But over the next few months that followed, I attended a college prep program during the week and enjoyed the hot summer sun at the pool on the weekend. I couldn’t wait to grow up, but now that I’m adult, I miss that time in my life. I can’t go back, although I did drank out of the Fountain of Youth in Florida once. (By the way, it tasted like spring water and didn’t stop the hands of time). What I can do is remind myself that time flies and that I must enjoy everyday to the fullest. That’s my advice to other first time moms in my role on the Playtex Baby® Mom Trust Panel.

So in the summer, I make an extra effort to stop and smell the roses. I also remember why the season is most memorable to me. On July 27, 2011, I gave birth to my daughter.

She has since celebrated two birthdays.

Caterpillar Party

Election Birthday Party

And this weekend, we’ll put one more candle on her cake. A princess cupcake cake to be exact. She ordered it herself from my sister’s baking business. It doesn’t match mommy’s Doc McStuffins theme, but she’s getting older and independent. If that’s her birthday wish, I’ll grant it!

Before summer even ends, she’ll start school, albeit, the three-year-old class, but preschool nonetheless. Instead of tearing up and trying to avoid the inevitable, we’ll soak up the sun, make more memories and explore the city together. So far, we went to the zoo, the science center, the children’s museum, the water park and the playground more times than I can count. One thing I won’t count–the number of days left until the sun sets and the snow falls.

Hey DFTM fam–How are you spending your summer with your little one?

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. MJ

    I love summertime. I really wanted to have a summertime baby but since I have a Thanksgiving baby, I have gotten creative. Her first birthday was Pink in Paris! LOL. You know it was more about me.


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