Raising a child is a challenge, regardless of your age. Of course, when you're younger, you have fewer years of Real Life Experience, but no matter how old you are, taking care of a child is the hardest thing you will ever do. I got pregnant at 22 and I believe in some ways a woman in her 30s might have been more prepared than I was to have a child, but if she doesn't have experience with babies the same way I didn't, she's going to have just as tough of a time swaddling and changing diapers. It doesn't get "easier. The truth is, it hasn't gotten easier or more difficult. It was tough trying to put a newborn baby to sleep, breastfeed her every couple of hours, and deal with her colic.
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When I had a baby at the age of 24, I was the first of my close friends to enter the brave new world of parenthood. I quickly learned that motherhood is full of unique challenges and joys, no matter when you take it on, but, for many of us younger moms , those challenges are amplified by having fewer peers to turn to for guidance. Shout out to the veteran mama friend I bombarded with round-the-clock texts during those early days. And, as always, you did not disappoint with your awesome insight. At the time, I felt so completely overwhelmed and underprepared. I had virtually no experience with children whatsoever and I worried I would always feel so Today, I'm 31 and have three children.
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Notice the baby socks, the jingly toy that I no longer hear when I walk. Or that I wish I had all my old mix tapes from middle and high school? Hangry, yolo, bae. I have to ask my little sisters what these things mean! Also, is it weird that I can tell the girls who are on Pinterest vs the girls who are not?
Mandy, a mother of three and blogger from Hermiston , OR, didn't plan on having her first son at 19 years old. However, after going on to have two more sons in three years , Mandy wouldn't change her experience for the world. In an honest Instagram post , she explained that while she had to make some sacrifices early on , she truly enjoys being a young mom. I got pregnant and became a mom at