How did I get middle-aged kids?

I’ll be 58 this year. Isn’t 60 the new 40? So that makes me middle-aged. So, how did I get middle-aged kids? The daughter will be 40 at the end of this year. Jennifer was a preemie, born at 30 weeks. She weighed 3 pounds exactly. I’ve never seen anything so tiny in my life. Her fingers couldn’t wrap around one of my fingers. She stayed in the NICU for 7 weeks. We had some rough days with lamps for jaundice and a waterbed and doses of caffeine in her IV to keep her awake so she didn’t fall asleep and forget to breathe. Some rough days for mom as well. I was a very immature 18 years old. Now, she will be 40 years old with an almost 19 year old at home.

The son is 31 years old today. How did my baby get to be a 30-something? Timothy was due on March 26th. On April 1st (notice the date?) I still hadn’t gone into labor so we went miniature golfing to see if some walking and moving would do anything. As we finished, I started having contractions and we got to the hospital. Some tests later, it was just dehydration. LOL Some water and popsicles and they sent me home. I tried to convince them to let me stay and have the baby, but they said no. On April 9th, they decided to induce labor. Tried for a regular birth, but with the cord around his neck, they rushed me into the OR for a C-section. Twelve hours of labor and one operation later, we had our baby boy. 8 pounds, 3 ounces. He was our easy baby. Slept through the night after 3 weeks at home. Did all his milestones ahead of schedule. Didn’t get upset even when sick.

I have a million memories and thousands of pictures of their childhood, but I ask once again. How did I get middle-aged kids?


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

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