Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing.  We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.

Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she writes periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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Hold that Vacation Thought….


Friday
August 3, 2007

Seth’s last day of summer camp is today. Where does time go? June and July totally flew, and before you know it, he’ll be in pre-K in September.

We leave in a week for what has become our annual family trip upstate NY. We vacation with my dad, my sister, her husband and her two kids. It’s a special bonding time for Seth and his cousins who he seldom gets to see since they are on the competitive tennis circuit.

Our vacation spot offers a fun kiddie camp. In past years, it’s been up for grabs whether Seth would go into the camp or not. If he elects not to, it changes the whole dynamic of the trip for Marc (my husband) and I. I like to use, at least some of the time away, as an opportunity to stir up my creative juices. It’s such a beautiful place, and I try to hide in one of the many secluded thatched huts perched high on a cliff around the lake, and disappear into my own thoughts. Something I seldom get to do at home, with all the clutter of every day busy life. I bring books I’ve been longing to … Continue reading..



Are we ready?


Friday
July 27, 2007

My friend came for a visit. She took a tour of our place and commented how modern, clean, and well-kept it was. Then she declared that the place was not ready at all for a baby. She pointed out what could be done to make our place baby-ready: the bookshelves and the desk in the master bedroom have to go to make room for baby stuff….no, you can’t have the baby in the room at the other end of the hallway, are you crazy? You will regret the several extra steps you will have to take to take care of the baby in the middle of the night…. the CD case and the 1000 CDs contained within have to go, unless you are happy to let the baby play with them as toys…of course, the baby will LOVE to teethe on them…the audio system has to go, or get a cabinet that has doors that can be locked!…(but where are all these stuff going to go? The basement and make it hands-off for babies? That’s absurd!)….since the grand piano cannot move, you might as well make peace with the fact that the finish will be smudged all over with grease … Continue reading..



Separation Anxiety


Wednesday
July 25, 2007

I think baby is finally developing separation anxiety – just as I’m getting ready to leave town for 4 days.

Today, I went to a morning meeting and she usually couldn’t care less, playing with the babysitter and barely saying “bye.” But this morning she started to fuss and cry. I’ve read that you aren’t supposed to make a big deal about departures so I smiled, said “bye bye, I’ll be back soon” and hurried out the door. I could hear her fussing as I walked down the driveway to get in my car.

It will be interesting to see how she reacts tonight when I go to the airport. She’ll be with her dad so chances are things will go smoothly. But what about tomorrow when she wakes up and it is the babysitter greeting her instead of me? What then?

Maybe I’m having just a wee bit of separation anxiety myself!… Continue reading..



Never Ending Vacation


Wednesday
July 25, 2007

You’ll be glad to know that we had a blast at Hershey!

Yes, it was tiring, in terms of the territory to cover. But, it was worth it. We all had a really good time, and didn’t OD on the chocolate. I have to say, it is my favorite theme park to date. We have yet to visit Disney with Seth, and some of the smaller ones, but Hershey is definitely on my list in terms of deserving a return visit.

And, being in the Amish country was a nice change of pace. We were on constant look out for corn fields, horse ‘n buggies, cow grazing…and Seth’s favorite, tractors. Buying a tractor is now on his list for “What Mom & Dad Should Buy Me.”

There is a lot to be said for a vacation. While I was having withdrawal a bit from my computer, it was a welcome relief to get a break from it, though I do get email on my Treo phone.

We all slept in the same room in the hotel, and took turns sharing a bed with Seth. There was something sweet about it, and he actually slept later than he does at home, … Continue reading..



Going to the Store


Tuesday
July 24, 2007

I still seem to use going to the store as a way to kill time rather than just hanging around the house with the baby. She does fine, but I get restless. Right now, she is content watching her animal video – she brought it to me and made a little sound that sounded like a demand to watch it. She’s fine but I’m antsy to do something.

It is only 2:20pm and hubby isn’t home for another 2+ hours. So I have “going to the store” on the agenda. Sure, we need a little more formula, but the real reason is to break the monotony. Not that baby is boring – not in the least. But a lot of the time I still can’t dial down my brain enough to just be here, at home, unable to do a lot of work once the babysitter is gone.

We need to get out. If the weather was nicer, I’d put her in the jogging stroller and take a nice walk. But it is cold and rainy again. So supermarket, here we come!… Continue reading..



New at this


Thursday
July 19, 2007

I’ve heard of blogs and bloggers, and keep track of a couple of blogs on a regular basis. I’ve toyed with the idea of blogging, but never got around to actually doing it, settling for “Why bother? Who would be interested?” Now here is a chance for me to ride on someone’s coattails. Robin’s and Aliza’s, to be exact. So here it is, my very first blog, written during my very first pregnancy. And I’m 40. It’s a great to be doing something new, just when I was verging on the smug feeling of “been there, done that” about most anything. Sure, there will be more new things thrown my way, in this journey to motherhood.

We had our very first meeting today. There were four of us, two mothers and two mothers-to-be. Like it naturally would for people meeting for the first time, our topics of conversation revolved around the logistics of pregnancy and motherhood. All of us agreed that it was a great idea to start a group of 35+ women entering motherhood. I look forward to our next meeting, which will take place next week.… Continue reading..



Travels Without Baby


Wednesday
July 18, 2007

I am about to embark on a business trip without my husband and without my baby. I’m excited about it because I haven’t attended a new media conference in a long time, and I’m going to BlogHer which I’ve wanted to attend for ages. The first year, I was pregnant with baby, the second year I had just given birth. So this is the year.

This is the first time I’m leaving baby for an extended period of time. This is way more than a day-long business trip. This is Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights away (coming back midnight on Sunday night). 3 nights of not waking up in the middle of the night because baby wants a bottle. Imagine that.

I also feel like a grown up again. I can travel solo. I can attend a conference. I can network. I can be like the me I was before having a baby – only 3 sizes larger and with less hair (post partum hair loss was very very bad to me).

I’m a little worried. Will baby be okay all day and night without me around? Or worse yet, will she not even notice I’m gone?… Continue reading..



Bring on the Chocolate….Dark Please!


Wednesday
July 18, 2007

I am psyched…I think.

We are going away this weekend to Hershey, Pennsylvania with another family who has a son Seth’s age. They are good friends, as we are with the parents, so I’m generally looking forward.

What’s not to like? Chocolate is my weakness.

My concern is that it might be exhausting.

I spoke with my friend yesterday who has gone there before. I asked how long a drive it is from NY? She said….”Well….it should take around 3.5 hours…but with traffic, it could be 5.” Yikes! I hate gridlock….and this will be the longest car trip we have taken with Seth.

A woman at my gym went to Hershey recently and said that she needed a vaction once she got home. No doubt it will be good exercise walking all over the park, and I’m sure Seth will adore it. But, I’m not a big fan of crowds and waiting on long lines, especially in the heat.

It is daunting how many theme parks there are for kids….especially those with water. And, as a parent, you feel compelled to visit as many as possible. At least I do. I mentioned to one of my single girlfriends that we … Continue reading..