My almost three-year-old has been attending the same in-home daycare since he was two months old. A few weeks ago, I found out that our daycare provider (let’s call her “Anne”) will be moving in less than two months to an undisclosed location in the country.
In this “over 35 “ club, we can all agree there is no shortage of challenges. We face judgment, guilt, and difficulty finding acceptance at times. Why? Three words: Advanced Maternal Age.
Younger mothers can question how many children they want and have time on their side if they choose to wait several years for another child. When you are a mature mother the choice really isn’t yours; biology often is the deciding factor. Do you give yourself a year to try and conceive again? Two years? Should I have decided sooner when my body was still predictable?
The home is sacred. It’s the place families should feel the most secure and protected. Just about every house eventually needs modifications and updates to ensure it ages gracefully, as well as to keep it well-protected against outside elements.
When I look back, I feel extremely pissed that no one saw it coming. I have been treated for clinical depression and anxiety since 2001. I had to go off my medication for the fertility treatments and had to stay on a low-dose medication during my pregnancy.