I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in life I became that mom. I don’t mean the perfect Instagram mom whose kids are always dressed and smiling perfectly. Or the mom with perfect hair, make-up, and clothes who can seemingly do-it-all, or even the Pinterest mom (I kinda hate the Pinterest mom). Despite my highly curated social media feed, I’m not that mom at all. Rather, I’m the mom that the internet sanctimommies talk about. I’m the one who I read about while saying to myself that I’ll never be that way. I’m the mom the internet hates. I’m that mom.

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Have you ever traveled to a new city with your family and had no idea where to start in regards to where to stay, visit, and eat? You and I both know that not every place is exactly kid friendly and Google reviews can be outdated and unreliable. Well, I was recently introduced to a new travel service, MomAboard, that will literally save hours of precious time that you would otherwise spend researching. Servicing multiple locales, Mom Aboard has a designated Mombassador in each city who will create a custom itinerary tailored specifically for your family and travel dates! Each Mombassador is an everyday mom just like you and me who lives in the respective city you plan to visit. She’s got the inside scoop and won’t steer you wrong!

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

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