I was married at age 23, but did not become a mom until I was 38 years old. It's not that I did not think about having children, I did. I thought about it all of the time, but I was afraid. I was scared to have kids so I just kept putting it off...for about 15 years!
When I was 37, I got pregnant and it was a total surprise. I had always wanted someone else to make the decision for me and somehow it had happened. I was freaked out at first but then I got really excited, especially when I told my family.
Unfortunately that pregnancy ended at eight weeks, but it did give me the courage to finally make the decision on my own and go after what I wanted. I knew it all along...I wanted to be a mom!
One year later I had Cooper and about two years later I had Cole. I love being a mom and I am so grateful. My life completely revolves around those two little guys and I am OK with that. It took me so long to get where I am today and I don't want to miss a thing.
There are many women in my life who have inspired me and provided me with the knowledge and values I want to offer Cooper and Cole. Most of these women are mothers, but some of them are not.
So to all of the moms, wanna-be moms and women who are not moms but offer love and support to those around them...Happy Mother's Day!
And to five very special "moms" in my life: my mom, my mother-in-law, my godmother Aunt Barb, Cooper's godmother Kathy and Cole's godmother Heather...love you and thank you so much for being such a huge part of my life.