Dear Diary,

This conversation unfolded recently as a perfect example of when not to call the pediatrician’s office.  A year or two ago, I may have picked up the phone and dialed the doctor immediately. But now, I’m a much more cool and collected mama.

My Mother: Something’s wrong with Caitlynn’s hand. It looks like she was burned or bruised.

Me: Let me see. That looks like marker. She was digging in the crayon box this morning.

My Father: It looks like a blood clot.

Me: It’s probably marker. I’ll wash it off.

My Mother: I tried to wash it off.

Me: Well, I’ll use some soap.

My Mom: It is raised. It probably hurts. Caitlynn, does it hurt?

Caitlynn holding up her hand: Ouch! Hurts! Hurts!

My Dad: It’s a blood clot.

Me: Oh my goodness. I’ll wash her hand.

My Dad: You’re eating your breakfast.

Me: But I can’t eat in peace!

Me After Washing Her Hand: Oh no! Call an ambulance! She needs to be rushed to the hospital of hypochondriacs!

Moral of the story: Grandparents care so much more for their grandchildren than their own kids. Growing up, my parents wouldn’t have suggested going to the hospital.  They  used to tell me, drink some water and go to bed. You’ll feel better in the morning.

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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