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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I’ve been seeing these super cute off-shoulder tops all season but hesitated to buy one because, for someone with a small frame, I have horrible posture and broad shoulders. I totally thought the off-shoulder look would make me look like a hunchback linebacker. However, my SIL had a super cute one on one day and it inspired me to copy her get one for myself.

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Breastfeeding is one of the hardest, most beautiful and beneficial parts of motherhood. It’s equally as challenging as it is rewarding and is the best thing we can ever do for our babies. Adding in having to pump at work creates a new layer of complexity. Truthfully, I wish I would have nursed Lady A longer than I did but my work schedule simply made it too challenging and I wasn’t committed enough to make it work. I stuck it out a little bit longer with Sweet E; her personality was one that needed the closeness… and maybe I did, too.

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