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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

35+ Working Moms

I always thought I would have my children by the time I was 30. Unfortunately, the right guy didn 't come along until later when I was in my 30's - so here I am at 36, just having had my second child a few months ago.
Having children later in life is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I am so happy I worked on establishing my career in my 20's and early 30's, which in my industry, usually involved working long hours. I was also able to move to different cities across the U.S. with my jobs; something that was highly gratifying, but may not have been possible, had I also been married and a mother.
I also had a very active social life; I partied a lot, I travelled a lot and I dated a lot, and I am GLAD I did all that, as I have absolutely NO feelings of "oh, I wished I did that before I became a mom" type of thoughts. I definitely sowed all my wild oats!
However, I definitely don't have the energy many young moms have. I try to keep up my energy level with regular exercise and eating fairly right, but keeping up with a 2.5 year old very active boy and a 6 month old, can be exhausting - and I am on maternity leave; wait until I go back to work, then we will talk about how tired I am!!!
I also think because I did work and supported myself for so long, that I still feel a strong need to work. The thought of not contributing to the family income is not something I am comfortable with. I'm sorry, but I am not comfortable with asking my husband if I can go buy a new pair of jeans - it's just not in my nature.
I've also worked long enough at my current company to be able to stand my ground with working 40 hours a week and no more, which is what I am going to do when I go back to work. My kids come first and work comes somewhere after that.

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