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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Sick Days


Friday
January 18, 2008

Seth’s pre-K called yesterday. I know whenever the phone rings, and it’s the school nurse, that it’s not good news. Seth had a 101 fever she said, and was very uncomfortable. I had to come pick him up right away.

I have to admit…I lost it at that moment. In my time of frustration, I said to her, “You know…this isn’t mom’s taxi service. I’m in the middle of some things now. I will get there as soon as I can.”

Well…she didn’t seem to like that response, and the next call I got was from the school social worker. I explained that I would definitely get there within the hour. That I don’t live around the corner, and I work part time from home, and can’t just drop everything and run over there this very second. She seemed to understand a bit more, though really, she wanted me there pronto too.

Now…I could see if Seth had, G-d forbid, some awful, contagious disease. And, believe me, I understand that you don’t want whatever it is to spread throughout the entire school. That said, I drove him directly to the doctor who squeezed us in before the after school rush. … Continue reading..



Mommy dates


Sunday
January 13, 2008


With three kids, I make a point every now and then to carve out special “mommy-only” time separately with each child, like a little emotional litmus test to see how everyone’s doing. It helps them be heard over the din of noise through family dinners homework and rushing here and there driving to after-school activities.

Sunday I took all three on separate “dates” for an hour or so at their designated special place.

Five year old Melanie’s favorite place is a diner in Syosset, Long Island where, like the show Cheers…everyone knows her name. Melanie carried her beloved dingy white blanket lovingly in her arms, climbed up on the stool and ordered her usual: a tiny dish of pickles, side of bacon, toasted bagel with butter. I wondered if I should be worrying already about her arteries. But we ate the fattening food and talked to the Greek man who cooked everything in front of us a la Benihana. There is no kitchen in back. The grill is right behind the counter. “I don’t want to be a lawyer,” she informed him after he suggested that profession because she is so talkative and smart. “I’m going to be a … Continue reading..



Mind Games


Friday
January 11, 2008

If I don’t write this blog post now, I may forget what I wanted to write about.

Just kidding……but really I’m serious. My memory isn’t what it used to be, and apparently I’m not alone. In the new course catalog I received this week from the Open Center in NY, one of the classes being offered is called Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife. The description goes on to say, “Anyone older than 40 knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating and sometimes terrifying…..” It is taught by an investigative journalist who has probed this subject for years and shares what the experts have to say.

Another class in the same catalog is called Brain Gym. Certainly an intriguing title. It’s enough that I get myself to the gym for my body (not often enough). Do I have to create an exercise regime for my mind now too?

This is all too much to think about. But, I have found it harder to remember little things. I’ve always been someone who writes things down, and now I’ve even taken to emailing notes to myself from my cell phone when I’m out….so it’s in my face … Continue reading..



Camp Confusion


Friday
January 11, 2008

We are in the midst of winter here in New York, yet we’re shopping around for summer camp for Seth.

It’s hard to even think that far ahead when I’m trekking around in my winter coat. Why do these camps book up so early? Is it that we parents play into the convincing sell that some of them present to get us to quake in our snowboots that our child might be shutout if we don’t secure a spot?

Last year Seth went to the Samuel Field Y camp, and it served him well. No bells ‘n whistles, but it was his first camp experience, and he enjoyed.

He has aged out of that camp, so we need to explore other options. Unfortunately, as affordable as the Y was is as pricey as most other camps are. Camps are a big ticket item and therefore a big decision.

We’ve thus far toured three….and plan to attend an open house of a fourth this weekend. I had in mind that that would likely be the one with go with…but tonight…after speaking with a friend at the gym, I’m now thinking that might not be an obvious decision. She said that you … Continue reading..



The Scoop on San Antonio


Thursday
January 10, 2008

I promised I’d blog more on San Antonio, since a bunch of moms have expressed curiousity about it as a family travel destination, so here goes.

Let me start by saying I would highly recommend it.

From what I hear, places like Orlando get super crowded, especially during school breaks. Many don’t realize that San Antonio also has a lot of offerings for kids as well.

If you have a busy boy, like I do, you’ll be all the busier. Looking back on our trip, we did so much, it’s hard to believe….and we were only there five full days.

Here’s a quick breakdown….

(2) boat rides on the River Walk
Trolley rides around town.
Horse ‘n buggy ride at night, with the carriage all lit up..so festive.
Lunch at the top of Tower of the Americas….great view.
Lunch at Rainforest Cafe….cool place. Could never get in in NY, so this was fun. Though, my son got scared during the simulated tropical rain storm.
Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe….my son is a little rocker, so he had a blast watching the videos and checking out the celebrity guitars on display. Good appetizers!
A visit to the Witte Museum — great … Continue reading..



Real R&R


Wednesday
January 2, 2008

We returned Monday from vacation in San Antonio. How great…and exhausting it was to get away.

I really needed a break from home, but travel with a four year old isn’t the easiest. We wound up changing hotels after the first night, since the bed was too hard for me. We had gotten a room with two Queens, and Marc was sleeping with Seth. That proved to be a challenge since Seth enjoyed kicking and rolling all over him. So, we switched from the Sheraton to the Hyatt, where we got a King and a rollaway bed for Seth. This was a better choice.

But, life (six nights) in a smallish hotel room with a busy boy is far from R&R. Not to mention that it was lights out most nights by 9PM, on the early side for me…a natural night owl.

Seth was so hyped up the first couple of days due to the excitement of being away that even getting him to sleep took considerable energy.

I need some real R&R. It got me thinking back to my single days when you could go on a trip and your time was your own. Now it mostly revolves around … Continue reading..



Fibroid Field Day


Thursday
December 13, 2007

My estrogen is raging….and so am I. I want to start a campaign to STAMP OUT FIBROIDS. What is the deal with them?

I’m 47…on the verge of perimenopause, and not liking it. My estrogen is at an all time high, and my fibroids are having a field day.

I had a doctor appointment yesterday at a local hospital with an UFE expert. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is the process. They cut off the blood supply to fibroids by injecting small synthetic pellets into the arteries that feed the uterus. Yikes! Who comes up with these things?

I went to explore at the suggestion of the new gynecologist I just switched to. Luckily the UFE guy did not try to do a hard sell. I think he could see I was not going to sign readily on the dotted line. He showed me my MRI films, and it was actually quite enlightening. I saw my uterus on a screen, in all it’s fibroid glory. I thought I was looking at a road map with huge glaciers blocking the path. Amazing and alarming at the same time!

We discussed the process, which itself didn’t sound like a huge big deal. It’s not … Continue reading..



Ho Ho Ho Holiday Birthdays


Thursday
December 13, 2007


As soon as that calendar turned December 1, I felt it in my bones creaking up my neck and all the way down into my toes. Oh the stress. All the shopping, searching for perfect gifts, schlepping, wrapping, baking, cooking and every toy needs batteries!!! …Oh my God. Help. I’m sure you all can relate. To top it off, my middle child, Kelly, the easy-going kid–the one that hardly ever asks for much–has her 8th birthday coming on the 14th. Every year it’s always in the middle of this holiday chaos and we make a point to have a separate birthday party to make her feel special.

This year, a major North Easter snow storm is expected on Saturday the 15th and half of our family from upstate New York, might not be able to make it down to Long Island. Could someone please tell God to postpone the snow? Just for one day? Kelly never asks for much, so when we told her Don’t worry, you’ll still get birthday presents from mommy and daddy if they can’t come…she said, “but I want to be with all of my family…that’s what it’s about.” I got choked up and … Continue reading..