Dear Motherhood Later — by Robin
I receive quite a number of letters from Later Moms who hear about MotherhoodLater.com and reach out to me via email. I have decided to periodically share select letters, with the permission of the moms. Some truly touch my heart, and I feel might resonate with others who became a mom at 35+.
This is a letter I received earlier this week…and my response to it will be at the end……and if you would like to respond as well, I invite you to post a comment to the blog.
Do you have any information for women over the age of 45 that have had babies? I am having a problem finding anyone to talk with. Everyone my age is a grandparent and don’t really want to spend time with me because of having my son who is now 15 months old. Talking with the younger crowd doesn’t help me out either…. Let me tell you about myself.
My name is Susan Homan. I am a mother of two sons. I have been married for almost 27 years. My first son is 24, married with a 3 year old and one the way… Yes I am a Grandmother! I am a Fire Inspector and Arson Investigator and work a fifty-six hour work week with one night over staying at the fire station, this has been this way for almost 20 years. Then, at the age of 46, I found myself pregnant with my second son… Yes, twenty-three years apart. All my friends said we were crazy for having another child. My husband and I had talked about it very hard and said that if all the tests came back normal and there was nothing wrong, we would have him. Everything worked out as well as it could, and we have a healthy normal little boy, Chase.
The problems that I have been having are not finding anyone to talk to who has some sort of the same situation. My friends don’t call any more because they don’t want to deal with my son when going to a dinner or luncheons or even a small get together. And the younger crowds don’t want a grandmother hanging around their groups.
Let me tell you, it is very hard trying to find a friend when you are a grandmother and a mother. Not many people want to even deal with you. It has been kind of lonely, but trying to deal with it is all I can do.
I was just wondering if there was any one else out there that is in the same situation? Can you direct me to any outlet if there is one?
Thanks for reading,
Son: Ryan 24
Son: Chase 15 months
Married: 26 years
Live in San Diego, CA
Dear Susan –
I applaud you for standing by your convictions and doing what felt right for your family. Chase is a blessing!
I have come to believe that sometimes certain friends will come ‘n go in our lives as we transition. It can be hurtful when that happens. I totally understand and can relate. But, it also opens the door for new people to enter.
It is for this very reason that I launched Motherhood Later…Than Sooner. It’s a wonderful way for women like yourself to connect, and I hope that you’ll join some of our online communities and have a chance to chat with other later moms.
I have to believe that there are women like you in the same mom/grandmom boat.
Perhaps you’d like to consider helping to launch a San Diego chapter of Motherhood Later?
If there are any San Diego moms or grandmom/moms reading this blog, please do drop a comment with your email, so Susan may connect with you.
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