In just a few weeks my twins will turn one, and I will be 44. I am an older mom who thought I knew what I was getting myself into, but I am finally realizing that despite all the advice given to me and research I did on my own, I was truly not prepared. What I can say is that at this moment in time we are all happy and healthy, which I know is the most important thing.
I am finally settling into motherhood and feel more confident now than when I brought them home from the NICU. Although we had a rough start, my instincts as a mother quickly kicked in, much to my relief. I have relied on every ounce of wisdom and intellect that my 44 years have provided me to get through some of the toughest and worrisome times. It turns out that being an older mom definitely has its perks, and I have taken advantage of every single one of them.
With the first-year milestone approaching us, I have been thinking about the big picture. It is very important to me that I teach them some of the things I feel will make them better people and help navigate them through life. This has required some serious self-reflection on what I think are my good qualities and what I want them to learn from me as their mother. I am far from perfect, but I know I have the ability to pass on some very important life lessons.
Sydney and Remy, this is what I want you to know…
Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.
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