The Ups and Downs of Having Kids in My 40s


having kids at 40

As I lie here with a bag of frozen peas on my lower back because I now have a muscle strain/spasms due to lifting my 30-pound two-year-old, I am feeling a little down about having my last two babies in my 40s. I can’t help but think that this injury would not have happened if I were a younger mom in my late 20s or early 30s. I start to go down the path of the many challenges that can arise when you have children in your 40s and how I will be over 60 when they go to college and possibly even older than 70 at their wedding! But, I am not the type of person who likes to wallow in negativity. I generally try to turn my negative thoughts around and know that with any situation there is always a positive spin!

So, what do I love about being an “older” mom?

The first thing that comes to mind is that I actually had a twenty-year career before I decided to stay at home with my girls. I feel like I put in significant time and was successful in my endeavors. Many women who have children when they are younger struggle with wanting to advance further in their career versus staying at home with their children and not meeting their post-college career goals.  

I had a ton of fun in my late 20s and early 30s while living in San Francisco. Bar hopping, dating, traveling and “finding myself” were all a part of these two decades. Of course, I still like to socialize and love going to wine bars or to Napa Valley, but I don’ t feel like I missed out.

I have read that older moms are more patient. While I don’t necessarily know that this is true for me (lol), I do know that I feel more experienced in life and more confident.  I have little tolerance for drama and things that used to get me riled up no longer phase me.

I feel comfortable in my skin. Sure, I wish it was easier to lose my “mommy tummy,” and it’s an ongoing work in progress, but I think when you turn 40, you just have a greater comfort in being your authentic self. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had Botox or take extra care of myself to look younger. It just means that I don’t really care what others think about my choices in maintaining my youth. I am comfortable with my decisions, and I am comfortable with who I am.

I get to stay connected to a more youthful crowd. Having my third baby at 43 means that some of my new mom friends are a decade younger than I am. While that can feel awkward at times (like when I asked them if they videotaped something and they look at me with a confused smile), it generally keeps me young at heart. We are going through the same toddler tantrums, night wake-ups, and potty training, so I still feel as though I fit in.

I have much better financial stability than I did ten years ago. We live in a super expensive area, and I feel very blessed that I can afford to live here and can have luxuries like a nanny and a mom day off.  This would not have been the case a decade ago.

There are pluses and minuses to having babies at any age. I truly feel blessed to have three healthy girls, two of which are 14 months apart and were born when I was in my 40s (and not exactly planned this way).  There are days like today when my body feels over 40 and there are moments when I wish my life had come together a bit sooner, and I had kids younger, BUT life just unfolds differently for each of us. 


Editor’s note: This article originally published on June 17, 2018, and was lightly edited prior to republishing.

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Wendi is originally from New Jersey but has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years! Her career as a nurse allowed her to work in many areas such as the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric emergency room, and management of a pediatric critical care transport team. She then ventured on to become a mompreneur and founded a company called NewboRN Solutions which offered in-home education and services to new and expecting parents. Following the birth to surprise baby girl #3, Wendi and her husband moved from San Francisco to Menlo Park in August of 2017. After having two babies 14 months apart, Wendi chose to improve her work/life balance and currently works one day a week at a healthcare consulting company in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys getting back into an exercise routine, adjusting to life as a mom of three, drinking wine with friends and reading cook books/magazines in hoping to find more time to cook healthy and yummy meals that at least one of her children will eat.


  1. Thank you for this post! I feel like we are living parallel lives! I’m 40 with a one year old and I can definitely relate. I also just read your post ‘Do you like Pina Coladas…’ and I’m in the same boat! I used to live in the bay area and moved to Sonoma County a couple years ago, got married and had a baby and I am searching for the ‘mom friend’ you described in your post. It’s not easy to find. But, I have hope! 🙂 I need to find my tribe!

  2. Amen sister! We thought after much ado, that adoption was our path. Then SURPRISE here’s healthy baby boy at 43 – a mere 6 months after his sister came home! It’s a little bit of a bummer when the other infant moms don’t understand my love of EnVogue but oh well, I agree – keeps me yong too! And living with no career/travel/single life regrets = priceless (for me at least!)


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