My daughter was a BIG surprise!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, April 07, 2016 | 0 comments

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I am 54 and have a 24 year old daughter, a 21 year old son, and a 9 year daughter... she was a BIG surprise!

While having a child later in life is difficult, I believe it's particularly challenging when you've already raised other children.

When the "surprise" baby comes along, you are not the same person/mother you were when the older ones were young and it's not easy to "go backwards".

Yes, in many ways, it is wonderful to have this surprise child but I would love to hear from other moms in similar situations.

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Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory . Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they’re ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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