I'm still trying to get my mind to catch up with my body. I just had knee surgery and it really threw me out of whack for a bit. My kids are 6,4 and 2 and I'll be 42 in a couple of months. Trying to keep up with my kids was tough enough without adding an injury. When I went in to see the doc, she told me that it's common for women our age to have knee problems. Like I needed to hear that. For me, when I get to feeling old, I remind myself that I wouldn't have it any other way. I needed to grow up A LOT before I was ready to devote myself to having a family. The sacrifices are easier for me to accept knowing I've done so much with my freedom before I had my babies. The challenge for me right now is accepting that it wouldn't be wise for me to try to have another baby. I wanted to try to for another girl, but the last pregnancy genetic testing put the fear of God into me. I was fortunate enough that the intial tests were wrong, but I thought I was going to have a stroke while waiting for the diagnositc results.
Trying to get back to my pre-baby wieght is pretty much a lost cause, but being older I feel more comfortable and confident with the way I look.
You freaked me out with the menopause coming earlier thing. The hormones are so difficult for me to manage now, I can't believe I get to experience the upheaval sooner. I'm really going to have to consider anti-depressants if it's worse than what I'm experiencing during my regular cycle. Yikes.
I don't feel like I have that much in common with the younger moms in my daughter's kindergarten class. I thought I would be able to find some common ground having kids in the same class, but it feels awkward. I don't know if it's age or what. I find it challenging to meet other moms that I can relate to, so I'm happy to find this group.
Thanks for sharing your experiences.