I’ve so enjoyed my time here on Disney Baby, and I’ve been thrilled to watch it evolve from the very beginning. And while I’ll certainly be lingering around the comment sections — visiting in with the incredible bloggers I’ve met — I’m stepping to the sidelines for now.
When my sister (named Nicole) was a baby, my parents called her “Nicholangelo” for the way she liked to paint with her food. She’s always been a picky eater — straight from the womb — and it seems that she passed on that genetic quirk.
I present you with my nephew Benjamin, in Adventures in Solid Food: Playtime Edition…
There might not be a universal “best” age to have a baby, but as an unmarried pregnant woman with a freshly printed college degree and no job, I was pretty sure that 22 was not the best age.
With a little help from my surrounding culture, I was convinced that I’d never be successful, never have money, and never have a long-lasting relationship with my then-boyfriend (now-husband). Everything I ever envisioned for myself was quietly fading, leaving me alone, scared, with absolutely no certainty in life.
Except for the fact that I had a child growing in my body.
Yet now, looking back, I realize how perfect that timing really was. It taught me more about myself, about life, than I ever thought I needed to know — and it also made me realize that becoming a mother at any age comes with positive perks. Here are 10 reasons I love being a younger mom:
Once upon a time, it was the social norm to settle down and start a family in your early 20s — typically with a support system of new-mom friends and extended family.
Yet due to a series of medical and social advancements (the Pill to IVF treatments), we’ve extended the age at which women can choose to start families — with the age for first-time moms climbing up around the world. The road to motherhood has more routes than ever before — some less traveled than others.
Even though we can start having babies at a later age (and even though many young women are very happy to do so), there’s still the biological pull to put those maternal instincts to work. A lot of my childless 20-something friends are starting to wonder: What’s the best age to have a baby?