Advertisement

This Older Mom Will Always Be Young at Heart


Growing up, I remember a song about older women being beautiful lovers. I hope the same applies to older women being beautiful mothers. I am 44 and have a nine year old and a five year old. Granted, recent news of a woman in India giving birth to twins in her 70s doesn’t exactly make me sound ancient, but I’m not the “typical” age of a woman with elementary school children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average age of a mom when her first child is born is 26.
 
For me, being an older mom has its benefits, especially when I think back to my 25-year-old self. I wasn’t ready and I needed that extra decade to grow. Plus, it simply took me a while to build the family that I have now. Our adoption processes each took about two and a half years from initial training to getting off the plane with our sons.

Once I was ready for this thing called motherhood, my mom advised me of how old I would be when the boys were 18. Ouch. For a person who’s never been concerned about age or aging, that was an awakening. When my boys started daycare, there were other awakenings. Like the first time another mom said “yes ma’am” to me at daycare. Wait–no! I’m just a mom like you! I’ve also been in the unfortunate situation of having an urgent care nurse ask me, “Are you the grandmother or the mom?”

I’m also finding that being a, let’s call it non-traditional aged mom, presents another challenge. Many of the family and friends we know have older children. Not only does this present a problem at gatherings when the boys have no one to play with, but it is also a challenge as far as unexpected energy and decibel levels. People with grown children aren’t exactly used to the energy and enthusiasm of a five-year-old boy.
 
However, the thing is, I really don’t feel “old,” “older” or even “non-traditional.” I would say I’m a young person at heart. Plus, having my kids around makes me feel younger and hipper than I probably should feel. I mean, I know the words to most Taylor Swift songs and a lot of Katy Perry. Does that count? I also enjoy introducing my boys to 80s and 90s music. You know, I don’t care who sang for Milli Vanilli–the beats are still great!

What is truly awesome is when I run into another mom in the same birthday candle range as me with her own crew of small children. We seem to have a kinship and we recognize each other. They understand the passion with which we love our babies and also the sting that accompanies being thought of as a grandma. There’s nothing wrong with being a grandma IF you are indeed a grandma. However, for us older moms, we may have waited for what felt like an eternity to hear the word “mom” in reference to us, and we want to feel like the world sees us as that.

Be the first to review this item!


Bookmark this

28 Oct 2019


By Amy Delaney

Recent Articles more articles

Outdoor Adventures Six Feet Apart

in Things To Do, Family Life, Amy Delaney, Summer Fun

Summer vacation is here and while it may be much different than in years past, you can still make it memorable. We recently had several outdoor, socially distant, affordable adventures. All of these excursions were off the beaten path and away from l

New Moon, Tunes for Little Folks

in Local News

Johnette Downing and Dickie Knickerbocker's never before released debut children’s album from 1990 will officially be released on Friday, July 10.

Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast Performances at Parkview

in Sponsored Content

Beauty and The Beast, the classic “tale as old as time,” tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved,

A Summer Without Bug Bites or Sunburn? Adventures in Virtual Camping

in Crafts and Cooking, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

We may be “over” coronavirus, but it’s clear this pandemic is not over for us. Summer has looked a lot different for our family, and we’re certainly living a smaller life.

Featured Listings more listings

Dunham School, The

in Private Schools

The Dunham School is Baton Rouge's leading college-preparatory school serving students in PreK3-12th grade. As an independent, non-denominational Christian school, Dunham is committed to educating students in mind, body, and spirit.

Advertisement
Newsletter