Lisa asks: What makes a mother young?

Lisa's not feeling so young lately. How do you stay energized for your kids?

By Lisa van de Geyn
Lisa asks: What makes a mother young?

Lisa & Addy (September 19, 2008)

When I was a kid I thought I'd have babies by the time I was 23. (Twenty-three was SO old.) My mom had me when she was 23, and I just figured I'd follow in her footsteps. 

I turned 23 in November 2002. I had graduated from journalism school just months earlier, and had nabbed my first job out of university (at Peter's office, funnily enough). I had just purchased my first car (that we finally got rid of in the fall), I worked hard and, instead of dreaming about having kids, I was dreaming about being a magazine writer and editor. (I also spent quite a bit of time partying and intoxicated. I was a late bloomer.)

Fast-forward to February 2008. I was 12 weeks pregnant with Addy and meeting Dr. E for the first time. He looked at my chart and said, "Oh, you're so young. You're one of my youngest patients right now." I was 28. 

We all know ladies are having babies in their thirties and forties after they've established their careers, travelled the world, etc., so, having my second kid at 30 is pretty young, considering.

My question: Why do I feel so old? :)

I work long hours and have little patience. I have too much anxiety. Did I mention I work long hours? I'm assuming that's what's making me feel so old. I'm lacking energy, and I don't want to look back on Addy and Peypee's early years and feel like I missed having fun with them, and missed being young myself.

So I wonder: How do you stay young? How do you stay energized? What do you think makes a mother young? 

This article was originally published on May 01, 2012

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