Being an “older” Mom

Super mom Super wife Super tired on the white background. Vector illustration

I had my first baby when I was 42, our second when I was 45.  Both pregnancies were considered “geriatric”.  I am no doctor – but SURELY there has to be a friendlier term than “geriatric” for ladies having babies after the age of 35.  I would have loved to have our kids earlier – but Mother Nature and my uterus had a completely different plan.  I get asked a LOT what it’s like having kids later in life.  So, let me tell ya:

Advertising Disclosure

  1. I thought I knew “tired”.  I didn’t.  When I had my son I was so tired that I would hallucinate.  I worked full time, had about a hot second of maternity leave and BAM – a son who WOULD. NOT. SLEEP.  I remember standing in the shower – just kidding.  I didn’t shower.  My teeth were hairy and my hair was, ummmmm…how shall I say – a matted mess with 2 inches of grey I didn’t have either the time or the energy to give a lick about.  I was NOT the mom that I had in my mind when we decided to have kids.  I was a complete disaster who could be found at any moment either crying, rocking and crying, rocking, crying, and feeding OR rocking, crying, feeding, and, um, more crying.
  1. You don’t realize how bad your vision has gotten until you try to look at your new baby in your arms and you have to hold him back another 4 inches so your eyes can focus.   When asked, that is usually the one memory that still makes me laugh (side note – my son is now 5 and I JUST got glasses…procrastinate much?).
  1. The Body:  All of this “bouncing back” I’d heard moms talk about – “Oh after my baby my body bounced right back”.  I had no ‘bouncing’.  There existed zero bouncing.  Lots of drooping and hanging and swaying – no bouncing.  I had kept myself in pretty good shape for most of my adult life – and now I was looking in the mirror at someone who was unrecognizable.  As soon as I was allowed – I was pushing my son in his stroller for 1 mile a day, then 2, then 3 – then I was at 6-7 miles a day – feeling pretty bouncy!  Then I got pregnant with our daughter.  No bounce.  Grrrrrrrr.  LOTS of sweat.  No bounce.  A year after having had our daughter – I was still 40 pounds OVER my pre baby weight.  I was so frustrated, distraught, still no bounce.  Then, I started kickboxing at a little gym near our house.  Wait – so you’re telling me I get to HIT STUFF?  YES PLEASE!  Still no bounce – it’s been a slow, steady process – but I definitely have less waddle.  And, might I say, a decent right hook 🙂
  1. Perspective:  As a new mom you get a LOT (and I mean A LOT) of advice.  One thing I was told over and over was “It’s hard now, but you’ll miss it when they grow up.”  For me, most if not all of my friends’ kids were in high school, headed to college.  Some were even married with their own kids – making my friends GRANDPARENTS.  I had the privilege of knowing these kids their entire lives, being there for the good, bad, fun, hard and happy.  I know exactly how fast it goes.  With that experience, I DO soak in the little moments between the madness.  I do take time to be IN the moment when I have deadlines, laundry, life.  I have the perspective I know so many of my friends wish they had when their kids were small – I feel lucky to acutely understand that I am going to blink and they will be on their own.  I feel lucky to be their mom – even on days when I wonder how I am going to do it.
  1. Career:  This one is a catch 22.  I love my work.  I love my kids.  Being a full-time business owner/mom/wife/daughter/friend with two small kids at the age of 48 is, shall we say, challenging?  I love that my kids know I have to work.  I would also love it if my kids would not choose the EXACT time a conference call starts to lose their ever-loving minds over the fact so-and-so has two more goldfish in their bowl than the other or that I gave them a snack on the blue plate instead of the pink plate because I ALWAYS have my snack on the pink plate!!  Bright side – having kids a bit later afforded me time to start a business, grow the business, and hire a team of outstanding people who force me to take time to soak in the small things.

I hear people talk about the “perfect” time to have kids.  The honest truth is, there’s likely never a “perfect” time – but there is a good time for YOU and your significant other.  Follow your hearts, enjoy sleeping in, drink an entire cup of coffee while it’s HOT – and prepare to love like you’ve never experienced.  Ever.  

Advertising Disclosure: This post may contain promotional links. I'm A Proud Momma may be compensated if you use these links.

5 responses to “Being an “older” Mom”

  1. […] being an older Mom, you bring a child into the world at a time when you’ve likely established your career and […]

  2. […] care of you, you’ll be in a much better position to care for your children. That is whether being an older Mom or one at a young […]

  3. […] you decide to going about being an older mom, here are a few keys to focus […]

  4. […] being an older Mom is your goal while still having your career, here are some things to think […]

  5. […] the maturity level may be different than a decade or so earlier. You may also have picked up some tips on being an older Mom as time […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
438,950

Proud Momma is the voice of a regular mom trying her best to survive this regular mom life.

3 weeks ago
I'm a Proud Momma

Happy from the inside out! #ImAProudMomma ... See MoreSee Less

Happy from the inside out! #ImAProudMomma

Comment on Facebook

My baby girl Bella does it too!!🤣😁

Beautiful God Bless

My daisy looks like a smiling bat here silly dog

Precious 👏👏👏👏👏👏👍😊❤️💙

❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cute

I LOVE DOGS!!!

View more comments

1 month ago
I'm a Proud Momma

I thought 80's wedding style was the worst - I was wrong. #ImAProudMomma ... See MoreSee Less

I thought 80s wedding style was the worst - I was wrong. #ImAProudMomma

Comment on Facebook

Well they loved it that’s all that matters was there money not ours who cares happy for the couple ❤️

This wasnt their wedding outfits

Biggest bunch of crazy I’ve ever seen 🙄

And whyyyy does wedding or wedding attire have rules? Its the couples day and they can do whatever the f*ck they want 🤷‍♀️ Black is a happy color for some of us... get over it.

Ummm.. I seen they had totally different outfits 🙄 She had a white body dress with a Long vail!

It takes all kinds to make the world go-around 🙃

I actually think she looks cute and it’s part of his culture but this isn’t what she wore for her wedding I like how they try to be different

MGK and Fox going to put them to the test for weirdest award.

This could have been done so much prettier. She is the prettiest one out of her sisters, she could have looked ethereal in a black wedding dress. But the makeup with the dress just screams cheap biker chick, which may have been what she was going for, but damn she would have made a beautiful goth bride

Looks Weird to me

She was married in a beautiful dolce and Gabbana white corset wedding dress. He in a very nice suit. This looks more like a funeral attire. 😂 But then again...marriage and funerals tend to go hand in hand...😂

Oh look they shit today to at such and such time 🙄 give your obsession a rest with the Kardashians 😒

Her actual wedding dress was beautiful!!!

She married Lord Voldemort ???

They look terrible,my opinion"that family is nuts,they add one more!!!

They are all on the Crazy Train!!!

Well it was a couple of people now is everywhere

Rebound relationship. She was with Scott for years, had children, and still didn't say yes. Now comes this fool? "Anything for fame" is the Kardashians are washed up

Who cares what they wear, who attended or how much the stuff cost. It's just a wedding. The marriage is what matters the most.

It’s kinda goth and I love it 🖤🥰

Whatever the opposite of a class act is. Makes a mockery of just about everything.

Its their wedding not yours, go judge somewheres else

That's not there wedding they didn't wear that

Why's it matter as long as there happy? It's THEIR WEDDING.

That’s not even what they wore for the wedding 😅 literally took me two seconds to google what they actually wore hahaha

View more comments

So.  Close.  #ImAProudMomma

Comment on Facebook

It is Friday, wake up and play with me

Love this ❤️

So cute💕

Beautiful God Bless

So cute

Good one

View more comments

Load more
© 2022 I'm A Proud Momma. All Rights Reserved