As I sit here in my driveway on this Labor Day afternoon, watching my youngest splash around in her kiddie pool without a worry in the world, I can’t help but feel a tinge of bittersweet reflection. I live in Atlanta, GA, where summer actually lasts until about mid-October, but there’s something about Labor Day weekend that is symbolic; it’s the end of one season and the beginning of the next.

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Ever since A was born, I remember always wanting her to hit her next milestone. As a new mom, it was always so exciting and I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. I didn’t rush her by any means (she’s actually always been one to do things on her own time so rushing her wouldn’t have mattered anyway) but with her being my first child, everything was a new experience. She was my big girl. I always knew the time would fly by but I didn’t realize exactly how fast until now.

Now that my baby days are over.

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Y’all! Did you know that Pink Blush doesn’t sell only maternity clothes anymore?! I was so pleasantly surprised to recently learn that they have a huge assortment of super cute, trendy, and flattering women’s clothing as well! They have truly mastered the art of transitional pieces and I was so excited to partner with them for my 5K Giveaway on Instagram (now closed)! They sent me this dress in exchange for my 100% honest review and I have to say that it was so hard to pick because there were so many cute options! I ultimately went with this dress because it’s a versatile wardrobe staple that can easily transition into all seasons.

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Almost 2 weeks ago, this post was promoted on the Huffington Post’s Facebook page. It was a blogging dream-come-true for me. For most bloggers, this is the main goal of being a HuffPost Contributor – to get promoted to one of the main pages and shared on social media in order to ultimately drive traffic to your own site and to be able to say you did it. I’ve had a couple posts shared on social media by Scary Mommy in the past (also a blogging goal of mine) and they were mostly well received with just a few trolls here and there. You can’t please everyone, after all. However, this post seemed to spark outrage in the 100+ FB commenters. I tried to tell myself to stop reading the comments throughout the day but I just couldn’t.

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I held you too long today.
I had toys to pick up, lunch to eat, dishes to do, and my hair to wash/dry.
But, I held you too long.
The weight of your sleeping body in my arms coupled with the sound of your breathing made it impossible to put you down.
So, I held you too long.

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