As I looked down at my 9 week old daughter on the change table, I suddenly realised I could have had her (or at least physically had a baby) half my life ago at 21. This would make her 21 right now. I would have then already trodden the path through the terrible twos, potty training, her first day at school, her first period, her first date, make-up, high school, career choices and possibly even marriage and her own first child. And these are only a fraction of the milestones I can imagine are yet to actually come my way.
In contemplating this, I’m not so sure I would have been able to navigate parenthood much before this stage of my life. I probably could have in my mid-30s but infertility denied us an earlier start (a story for another day).
Yes, being an older mother brings other issues but so does being a young mother. Pros and cons both ways.
When did you have your first child? Do you think age has anything to do with how you mother your children?