I was 25 with my first, 30 with my second, and am 34 now expecting a third! I always said I'd be done by 35, but my heart is still open :) I def feel more tired than either of my other two pregnancies. I hope I can get some energy levels up during my 2nd trimester...yikes!
DD at 36 and planning another, probably to come at 40. I'm tired. But somehow able to do what's needed. Now that I'm older I can definitely better sort through what's needed and what's not.
The main difference, I think, is that I had a long, happy life before kids and even though I now finally feel complete as a mama, I do miss my early days of "freedom."
HOWEVER, I also know that they will come again, all too soon, so I'm savoring my sweet captivity!
My first was born when I was 26 and my second at 28. I'm 32 now and we're done having children that are biologically ours but have not totally ruled out the possibility of adopting in the future.
Mom of two, Rosie Girl born 4/2006 and Tractor Boy born 2/2008. Wife to The Master of All Things Wood. Occasional doula and aspiring midwife. Selective vax, positive discipline, and homeschooling. Committed to living a healthy, sustainable, and mindful life.
After 4 years of trying we had Mira exactly 5 months ago. She didn't make it. My husband & I were 30. We would like to have living children but my fertility window just keeps getting narrower (his is already rather narrow).
My mother was 23 when she had me, her first. I remember her 27 birthday. She was 46 when she had her first grandchild.
My grandmother was 20ish when she had her first child.
So....long story short I was 30.
8.31.11. - 9.1.11 Mira Joy
My only child after 5 years of trying.
I was 39 when ds was born and 41 when dd was born. I've just started homeschooling my 2 and am loving it. I am a lot healthier now than when I was in my 20's and 30's so for me, older parenting has been the ticket. However, that said, we've lost 4+ and that was tough. I think that is one risk of later pregnancy. But I'm looking forward to having to be more active in my 50's (I'm 48 now) as I'll have to to keep up with my 2!
I had my first when I was 24 and my second when I was 26. We're planning to have more, but we're taking a break to finish school first. :)
Bonnie aka The Koala Bear Writer (mom of Sunshine, 3, and Lilibet, 1)
I was 29 when DS was born. I plan to have one or two more but I'd like to be done by 35ish.
My mom was 21 when I was born so she had a much different experience. She brings it up a lot when we talk about things. I think "older" moms *tend* to read more and might be more comfortable with their parenting decisions. Of course, of course, of course this isn't true for everyone, but it's just what I've noticed.
Mama to Boo-Boo and babysitter to Bean
31 with #1, 33 with #2. Very very average in my social circles but I would have preferred to have had them younger had I been appropriately partnered earlier on. I would like to have more time to contemplate the possibility of a third. :)
Me, DH, DD1 (5/2009) and DD2 (10/2011). DS due 6/2015.
I'm not crunchy. I'm evidence-based.
Vaccines save lives.
24. Had #2 at 27 and #3 at 29. We are NFPers and would love atleast one more, but probably will have 2 or 3 more God willing.
Taryn-31 Crunchy Conservative Catholic SAHM with DH-32
DS 7.5, DD 5 (vbac), DD 2.5 (vbac), and DD 12/30/13 (vbac)
First at 34. Second at 35. Both totally unplanned. Both wonderful pregnancies with natural births. Would love more, but I'm 37 now and do not want to take any risks. I feel so fortunate that life gave me and my husband these 2 beautiful, healthy surprises.
a few months before my 22 birthday and i just ha our last a few months after i turned 38. we have 6 kids. :)
mama to 7 amazing children married to my main man for 24 years and finally home FULL time
I was 14 when my late DD was born. She was a product of date rape, and obviously not planned, but she was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me. Getting healthy and being responsible for her saved my life.
Then there were the back-to-back boys born when I was 22 and 23. ODS was very very planned-- I started on his baby quilt two years before we TTC. YDS was also planned, but the spacing surprised me-- we wanted them close, so we were using no protection other than EBFing so that it would "just happen" and we wouldn't have to stress about TTC/charting/etc., but I didn't expect to get pregnant again five weeks after ODS was born. It's not the spacing I would have chosen, but now that they're toddlers, I love having them be so close in age; they are best friends and wonderful playmates and co-conspirators.
We are waiting for the back-to-backs to be at least partially toilet trained, passably verbal, and able to follow complex directions before we try again, so I will probably be around 26 when the next one is born. We're planning on four more, and if all goes according to the plan, our last child will be born when I am around 34.
I'm expecting my first at 27. hoping to have one more, maybe at or before 30 if it's right for us.
mother to a little silly goose boy (May 2012) + seven non-human kiddos + five who have passed on
partner to a babywearing, dirt-digging, diaper-washing, hammer-wielding programmer since November 2003
Wow I'm feeling over the hill @ 41, reading so many of these posts :-) Didn't meet my husband until I was 32, married at 33 and had DD1 @ 34. DD2 @ 37 and DD3 @ 40. If we were younger there would definitely have been one more. Thanks to nursing and natural spacing that's how it went. Soooo blessed with three beautiful girls...gratetful everyday!!!!!
I was 19 when I found out and 20 when I delivered DD1. 22 for DD2 , 25 for DD3, 27 for DS1 and per DS's request to God around christmas time in 08 I was 35 for DS2.
I wanted another one so DS2 wouldn't grow up alone but had complications and thought it best to have my tubes tied so that I could live to see all of my children grow up. (If you ask me if I would do it again, I would NEVER opt for surgery again!)