Motherhood

What Becoming a Mom at 60 Taught Me About the Gift of Motherhood

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When I was young, I took so much for granted; like, what it really takes to be a mother. It wasn’t until I matured that I really saw how blessed I was because of my mother.

When most people think of motherhood and marriage, they think of young couples starting their lives together. However, more and more women are choosing to become mothers later in life. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of births among women over 40 has increased more than 40% over the past two decades.

When it comes to the CDC’s observation on motherhood, I’m the personification of the phrase “late-blooming.”

From my first “cycle” to my first kiss to my first marriage and the experience of motherhood at age sixty, everything in my life happened later than my peers.

So many people were curious to know why I waited so late to get married.

The answer is simple: I was not going to settle down. However, getting married late in life has its advantages. First of all, you pretty much know who you are. Secondly, nine times out of ten, marriage comes with a package: children. When I got married, my husband was exactly the person I imagined marrying, and I was lucky enough to take on the role of mother to amazing human beings.

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Marrying much later in life, I knew that having children born with me was out of the question. But there was a silver lining. My marriage came as a beautiful package: adult children whom I adore and who adore me.