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Advantages of Being an Older Mom: A Humorous Look

Updated on March 16, 2011

No, we're not the grandparents.


I don't know who was more surprised, my obstetrician or my family, when we found out I was expecting a new baby at the ripe old age of 42. This "late life" pregnancy caused quite the sensation in our small town. When I called my friend who is a pastor's wife she began to cry and called my husband and me "Abraham and Sarah." Now wait just a minute here! I'm older but not that old!!!

What My Older Mom Friends and I Have Learned

-You don’t need to buy maternity clothes because everything you wear is stretchy anyway.

-If all the handicapped parking spaces are filled you can use the expectant mom spaces.

-Breastfeeding doesn’t make you any more “saggy” than you were before.

-There are less sacrifices in observing a bland diet in order not to upset the baby’s stomach when breastfeeding because you can’t tolerate the spicy foods either.

-You can save time and gas by picking up the Huggies and Depends on the same shopping trip and getting the senior discount on baby diapers is pretty cool.

-Your friend’s kids are mostly grown but haven’t begun to provide grandchildren so you’re deluged with offers to babysit.

-When you’re older you need less sleep which is what most babies are all about.

-You don’t need to buy a stroller as your power chair will carry you both.

-You and your baby can enjoy soft foods together.

-Burping and passing gas can be blamed on the baby.

-You both go to the doctor quite often so your deductible is satisfied early in the year. (Maybe that's not so advantageous.)

-For entertainment you and your little one can race your walkers.

-Kids’ books have less words and the print is bigger. You may not even need your reading glasses!

-You can better sympathize with your child when you are both losing teeth at about the same rate.

-Going to movies is less expensive as you get the senior discount and the little one gets in free.

I'm Sure There Are More

These are just some of the advantages I can think of. I'm sure there are more but I can't remember them because I'm an older mom!


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