As I was cruising a ‘baby’ website the other day, I noted that in Keeley’s birth club, babies born in Oct. 2008, there was a section for ‘young moms’ aka those under 26. Now how they came up with 26 as the magic number is beyond me. Then there’s a group for 35+. Aka old moms I guess? I’m not in either camp. What am I? A mediocre mom? Do you get decamped from the under 26 group once you hit 27? Exactly where is there a place for me? I often have trouble fitting in. Yes, in part it’s due to the fact that we waited 8 years to have Keeley. We did the ‘responsible’ thing and tried to be ‘settled’ before getting into this parenting business. We aren’t young kids, but we’re not middle aged, either. Other people our age have teenage kids. Kind of hard to set up a play date when everyone of your maturity level has kids that are almost old enough to babysit yours. Flip the coin and it’s kind of hard to ‘get’ young moms who didn’t get any education beyond high school and still act like teenagers when they have their own kids. I know that is a generalization, but I haven’t found one in person yet that acts the way I did at that age. In blogland, yes, I have, but in person, no. Maybe I am an ‘old mom’ after all.
I know that we don’t necessarily have to have friends with kids the same age, but it would REALLY help. I’m not a young mom, but I have a young kid. Is there a place, in the real world, where I can find someone that I have something in common with? Argh.