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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Old Motherbitch

I want to take a minute to thank all you fabulous comment-ers for your understanding yesterday and honesty in admitting that I'm far from being alone in occasionally experiencing mom-anger. I just ♥ you all! Though, after that, I'm going a little lighter and fluffier today.

Back at "home," I was about average age when compared to the moms of my boys' friends.

And at Monkey's old preschool, I was one of the "young" moms, at 32.

But, it's a different story down here.

I'm the OLD MOM.

Swiped from photobucket: I'm not that old- yet.

I was at a Stroller Strides class last week(exercise with your kids in tow- good in theory, but not with kids older than a baby) and two of the girls had on their "class t-shirts" from high school.

Class of 2007.

And the rest of the girls weren't much older.

I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise to me, since when I was pregnant with Monkey and living down here, I was teaching 5th grade...and a lot of the parents of my students were around my age(27), maybe just a little older.

I do remember that I was considered "old" to be having my first baby.

So, now I'm the old mama in my boys' playgroup.

I don't feel old.

32 isn't old.

But, these girls probably look at me like I'm ancient.

Or maybe they think I'm the old motherbitch.

Wait, they can't think that.

That's MY word.

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Blogger danita said...

wow! just yesterday i was telling my daughter that my niece (age 25) has a little boy about her age (6) and another one who is about two. ca-razy!

January 21, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

You crack me up!!! I'm SO calling you the old motherbitch. I love it!

And I really don't think this will surprise you at all, but I'm 32 years old too. :)

January 21, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sadly all that is , is a statement of how far we as a society have slipped in expectations forour children. Kids today think having a bby as young as possible is the greatest thing sadly. I am 40 sooo technically I am wayyy older then you lol

January 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

32 isn't old here either for a mom. I didn't have my first till I was 30. It seems average around my New England home.

January 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Conservative Knit Mom said...

I am not the old mom where my girls are concerned but OLD where my sons are concerned...it is no fun going to parental things for the boys I can tell you that much! Damn I might have had to roll my eyes or leave the class if I saw class shirts (or wear my own--1992, Respectively)

January 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

I was always friends with the moms who were older than me. They were better motherbitches than the younger ones. ;)

January 21, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I am a 22 year old Mom, but class of 2007 makes a me at least a year older than those people :( I've always made friends with people older than me. We'd be friends :)

January 21, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

When we went to Buddy's Kindergarten orientation last August, the entire room was filled with either single parents or very young mothers. It made me sad.

January 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Karin Katherine said...

In my old neigbhorhood I was the young wife...and for a long painful period of the time, the childless one.

Now, I'm one of the OLDER wives (but not oldest, because this is Florida after all, home of the snowbirds and retired folks)and its sort of freaky. I'm not used to hanging with girls that are way younger than me. Weird....and our kids are the same age so I guess I'm the old mom too.

Oh well.
; 0 )

January 21, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I seriously love your 'MB' term. ;) It cracks me up every time. Um, you're not old... 40 is the new 20, didn't you hear?! You don't appear to look 32 from the hair cut photos anyway.

I didn't have my first baby until I was 28. I'm going to be 38 in a few days and I'm pregnant with my 4th... do you feel better now?

January 21, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Vodka Logic said...

You could be as old as me...it's always worse somewhere else..lol

January 21, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I am a year older than you. I only have one child. I will be the old Mom also because I do want another one..

January 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Meg @ Higgins Happenings said...

Some of the commenters upset me today... I am a young mother & I am a single mom - but that doesn't make me any less of a parent than anyone else. I am 23 with a 5yo...Def the youngest mom in my area - but I have always been the real mature one. All of my friends are older between 27 & 40. Age is just a number and it's about how you parent your children. I can't stand when people say mean or hurtful things about us young mommies (not saying you are...but others are.) It's like being sexist or racist. We are just as good as you gals are.

Ok - now to get off my soap box, whew I feel better, I dont think you are old AT ALL!

January 21, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

That is YOUR word! :)

I'm 28 and my kids are 6 and 3 and I've always been one of the younger moms.

There are lots of Motherbitches at my daughter's school. But I just can't see you as a Motherbitch! :)

January 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Working Mommy said...

Honey, 32 is DEF not old!! You're still a spring chicken! Those girls - class of '07 - are far too young to be having kids, really!! That is just insane!


January 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you do not even get beautiful until you reach 32 and become a mom.... before then you are just cute..

and you are beautiful...

January 21, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Yankee Girl said...

I always worried that I would be an old mom, but now it doesn't bother me so much. I probably won't have my first til after 30, and if that makes me the old mom, I hope I'll be okay with that!

January 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Kearsie said...

Oh man. I so relate. I'm 34. Which probably seems ancient to you. In our new small group at church, me and my Hubs are the "old" ones. Like, people are looking to us for leadership and wisdom and we're looking at each other thinking "oh man, if they only knew how clueless we are".

January 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

If you're an old motherbitch then that makes me ancient. I am 40 and my son is 7. Yes, I am pretty sure I am one of the oldest mothers there. I love being 40 and I like to believe that I am the coolest cougar around.

January 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

C/o 93 in the hizouse!!! Does that make me sound young again?

January 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Kiera said...

Yes, no one can take motherbitch away from you. ha!~

January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems in my area there is no 'average' age to have kids. There are women who look like they are in their 50's with kindergarteners, and girls who are barely 18 with kids in kindergarten. ?? We live in a small town, I dont think there is much else to do but make babies I guess.

January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nooooo! I'm old too then We're the same age.

Maybe that's why I keep away from all those playgroups. I know I'm ancient.



January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isnt it funny how as time passes our view of whats old changes, I remember thinking when I was 18 I would be dead by 30 cause that was so old, now Im 42 and so glad that didnt happen, just think the snotty little young moms who look at you as old will one day be your age, look back and say oooppps;)


January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Girl I'm 33 with a 5 and 2 y/o :) it just means we planned it out ... LOL yeah well it sounded good :). I think we're just in the right age group.

January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Mae Rae said...

32 is a baby! I have a friend who had her first at 37. She feels as though she is old enough to be her daughters friends mothers mother. Ugh, maybe that is why they are not easy to get along with they are old enough to be your baby cousin.

January 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Taylor Stoddard said...

Holy moly! C/O 2007?! Ok, I'm not much better at c/o 2002... but still. :P

Around here I actually feel like I'm in the minority. I'm kind of right in between... There's tons of moms who are either a lot older than me or a lot younger than me. I think I fit in more with the older crowd. At 26 I just don't have anything in common with an 18 year old... other than being a mom.

January 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Shannon K. said...

Well, I'll be 34 in a few months, so if you're old, then you may as well just mummify me now.

January 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Lothiriel said...

I'm going to have to jump into the bandwagon with this one. I'm 31 and just had a baby 3 months ago. I say, better to be an "old motherbitch" with her shit together, and very ready (financially and mentally) to be a MOTHER than a teen mom who miscalculated her ovulation days and now forced to change her plans forever.

When I was going to my birthing classes, I was one of the oldest moms (most moms there were 19-21--not joking). Guess what 98% of those moms were unmarried, and goig straight to welfare.

I don't mean to offend anyone, but when I was in this classes, these little girls were all: "you're old" I was all, "you're unwed, and poor."

January 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Lothiriel said...


January 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Dual Mom said...

Coming up on my twenty seventeenth birthday here. I was always a young mom (had my first at 18) and yeah, I have to agree with Manic Mommy, not all young mothers are irresponsible, drug addicted drop outs. My kids are better behaved and alot more socially adjusted than alot of kids in their class with older, two parent families...just sayin. :0)

And I was never on welfare.

Having said all that, I wouldn't consider you an "old" mother at all or a motherbitch!!!

January 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Tiffanee said...

Love it and can so RELATE!! My daughter told me she thought I was 50 the other day...not even close my dear.

January 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger gina said...

I was the young mom with my first two- I was just 20 and 23. Most moms were in their late 30's when the girls started school. Now at the same grades with my littles- I am in my >gulp< late 30's -well, technically NOT until I turn >gulp< 3 >gulp< 7 >oh sh*t< in October.

January 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger SoccerMOM said...

Coming from a 40 year old mom of a 19 year old and a 15year old. I hate those up beat the world is full of roses young twerpy 20 somethings also. Why is that? Cause I sure the heck don't look 40. Maybe cause my mind is old? Hang in there.

January 21, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

You tell 'em, girl! Love your blog - grabbed your button!

January 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Confessions From A Work-At-Home Mom said...

I love love love your post!!! (Per usual) I think that's one of the things about living in the Dirty South; people have kids a lot earlier than in the Northeast. Here, I find a LOT of moms my age with kids already in 3rd or 4th grade. Fortunately, I've found other groups that have "professional" women who did the career thing for a few years before having kids, so they're closer to my age. But it seems like they're few and far between!

Confessions From A Working Mom

January 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

They just keep gettin' younger, don't they? You are young and hawt ma'am!!

January 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I love this post...I AM the old motherbitch!! I am 42 and my youngest is in Kindergarten...SHOOT ME NOW!

January 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger T.J. said...

Hi Shell, I was away from my computer for a bit. Just catching up on reading now, Phew! Glad you're feeling better :) I've totally had angry Mama moments too. To keep you upbeat, think of this: you'll always be younger than me! (Use that information to torture me though, and it will be a knuckle sandwich for ya! :))

January 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

I think that moms should use mom-years. For example, I am a 7 year old mom since my oldest child just turned 7. Being a mom gives you a different perspective on life.

January 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Queenie Jeannie said...

You just need to be rocking a tiara and feather boa. If they're gonna talk, you might as well make it INTERESTING!!!

January 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have to say that I was one of those young moms and now I'm a young grandma! I wouldn't change a thing, but I envied the older than me moms. They always looked like they had it together! Stopping by from SITS!

January 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Try being 43 with a 9 year old and 7 year old! Talk about the old moms!

January 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

Class of 2007? Good gracious!

I did have my kids young though. But I'm not the youngest Mom in the room. No, there was once a 22-year-old in my son's Kindergarten room.

January 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger mintifresh said...

That picture is classic! I've become one of the older ones around here, too! I'm waaaay old-33! EEK!!!

January 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Resh Rene` said...

I was and am still a young mom, well for my boys age. I know that I have done a good job with my kiddos but sometimes wonder what would be different if the Hubs and I had been older? Guess we'll find out with the next kid..lol

Dropped in from SITS

January 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

If YOU are the old Motherbitch...WTF am I?

I had Boo Boo at the ripe old age of 38! And she is my one and only!!!

January 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

There may or may not be an award-type dealy at my blog for you.

Okay, there is.

January 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger BNM said...

Im 23 with a 2 year old so I guess Im a young mom.. but you are not old.. and plus something went wrong in the sex ed. department these days! Girls are having babies at like 14.. wow!
I love the mother bitch thing! haha!!

[[just a note.. im not bashing anyone that had their baby at 14... if you can take care of your child at 14 & are a good mom then way to go..]]

Ps. Yes I did change up my blog.. im still not 100% happy with it! But thank you for saying its cute :)

January 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a 35 year old motherbitch with a 10 year old and a 1 year old. Your def. not old.

January 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger The Princess of Sarcasm said...

What the heck is Queenie Jeanie talking about?! There's only room for ONE motherbitch here that wears a tiara and feather boa!!!!! And that's me!!!

Most of the mothers here in my part of the dirty south are around my age. OLD! There are a few young mothers though. I think there are benefits to both having children early and later. But it all comes down to making good choices at any age. Different strokes for different folks. As long as they love their children and do right by them, it really doesn't matter. :)

January 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well.... if they DO refer to you as mother bitch, then at least you can say that you started a trend and they are using ur word.

January 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

32 is not old! i was a young mom...since I started at 16! I see people I went to school with and they have kids in jr high and grade school...I'm so over that!

January 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I remember how strange it was when my daughter (who is 18) started Kindergarten. I had her at 19 so, when I took her the first day of school, it was strange to see women ranging in ages from around 23 to probably 45. That was seriously a STRANGE phenomenon.

Now I am one of the older moms with my baby who is 7, as I had him at 30.

January 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger HeartsMakeFamilies said...

I am the oldest mom I know. I'm 44 with a 7 and 4 year old. Man do I feel my age sometimes.

January 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Masala Chica said...

you ain't no motherbitch, but the fact you can say that makes me laugh to the point of snorting.

nah, you are way to cool to every be a motherbitch, Shell.

January 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger becca said...

Well, if you're old I'm ANCIENT. Age is in the mind. I feel young, I look (kind of) young so.. I am young! And I am a motherbitch to those who think otherwise.

January 21, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Aunt Becky said...

Marry me. No, seriously can we be BFF?

January 21, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger heather@actingbalanced.com said...

Luv the term... I'm both the 'young one' because my adopted DD is 12 and the 'old one' because my DS is 3... and I'm an ancient 34 :)

stopping by from sits

January 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Twincerely,Olga said...

soo funny!!! you are a young Mommy! I don't care waht they think! With my older kids I was very young(early 20's.Got no respect~~ Now I really am the Old Mom 40+ with my twinkies!!Yikes! I am going to teach my kids that my age is 10 years younger!! who's gonna know right???

January 21, 2010 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

If it makes you feel any better, 32 is considered young here in my neck of the woods! I'm 40 and probably around average age with all the moms I hang out with.

But it's good to know that my kids think I'm so ancient that they asked me recently if I had a dinosaur as a pet when I was little...nice, huh?

January 21, 2010 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I guess that makes me old then too, because I'm 32!! I know what you mean though - I'm the older mom at the playgroup that I take my son to. It doesn't bother me most of the time, because everyone tells me I look much younger than my age! ha!

January 22, 2010 at 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh, don't sweat it. I'm on the other end of the spectrum here. I turned 19 nineteen days after Sophie was born. I still runaround in my "Class of" T-shirts and my sports jerseys from high school. Haha.

January 22, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Shandal said...

I love the name the motherbitch. I can be that some days! I highly doubt that you're one though!

January 22, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

I am 32 years old as well and sometimes I feel ancient! Hang in there, sometimes we can all be motherbitches...love your term!

January 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Felissa Hadas said...

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January 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

You are not an old mom. They are babies having babies.

January 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Corrie Howe said...

I can relate. The church to which we belong we were the "oldest" for the longest time. Fortunately now there are finally some true "elders."

What makes me feel old is taking my kids to doctors and the doctors don't even look like they could have graduated from high school, let alone college and medical school.

January 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Haha! Totally get it. I was 28 when I had Isabella....and 30 when I had Maddie...yikes! I guess I'm old, too--hehe :)


January 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

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