Parenting With a Large Age Gap

Did your family happen the way you planned it? Mine didn’t. My plan was to have two children close together before I was 40. I was so used to getting what I wanted I didn’t counter the possibility it might not happen. On my 40th birthday I was childless.

Not a couple to rush into things, we married after 8 years of joint adventures in a humanist ceremony in my sister’s garden. The marriage was for two reasons- one to make a public declaration of our commitment (a grown up way of justifying a bloody good party) and two, to start a family.

I was 35 on my wedding day and expected to get pregnant immediately. I didn’t and after some trials and heartache (not enough space or to elaborate here but you can probably guess the gist of it) we started on our adoption journey.

We wanted…

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