We're featuring 35+ moms on our site and welcome suggestions on who to feature.
Featured Mom: Allison Weiss
Allison gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl, Alexis Rose Brady, on June 21, 2007
Why did you decide to become a mom in your mid-30s? What factors precipitated this decision (or dictated it)?
I got married a year and a half
ago. My husband & I went to college together, so I've known him
for a long time. Because of that, we didn't feel the need to have to
"get to know each other" newlywed stage, and began trying to start a
family about 6 months after we got married.
What do you love about your career? What is most challenging about your career?
I work on venture capitalist projects, so I work as little or as much as I like. I am a very deadline oriented person, so working on project-to-project is perfect for my personality and lifestyle. I get up to feed the baby all hours of the night, and can work on the computer at all hours between feedings to finish a project if need be.
The most challenging thing about my career is balancing my time and schedule so that everyone gets what they need at the right time.
What do you look forward to in terms of motherhood?
I am excited to see how the baby learns, grows, and develops. She is an amazing bundle of joy, and when she looks at me, I just melt! I have a lot to learn, and it is a very exciting process. It is also fun to see what features the baby has from each of his parents. It's very cool to see a little person with the same eyes & nose as I have!
What, if any, concerns or issues did you face during this pregnancy that could be attributed to your "advanced age" as the medical community refers to over 35 women who are pregnant?
Since I was over 35 while pregnant, the doctor heavily suggested I get an amniocentesis (to test for genetic disorders). There are some health risks involved for the baby for this (and other procedures), so it's a hard choice to make. There is a very small percentage of miscarriage than can occur from this procedure, so it is important to go to a doctor who is extremely qualified to perform this procedure.
How do you think being 35+ will affect your experience as a new mom?
Hopefully, I won't be more tired than a young 20 year old mom. I am hoping my age won't slow me down, as people in general seem a lot calmer in their 30's than in their 20's.
And of course, being in my mid-30's, I will be older when the typical things happen, like when my daughter graduates from high school and college, etc.
The bonus of being 35+ is that my husband and I are a lot more financially secure than we were in our 20's, which puts us in a much better position to be able to provide for our child. We have had those extra years of income from working, investing in projects, and saving up money to be able to afford the necessities for our child and more.
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