What's the perfect time to have a baby? When the urge strikes? After painstaking and meticulous planning? When -- surprise! -- Mother Nature says so?
These questions elicit different answers, depending on whom you ask. We got the real scoop from five mothers who had children at different phases of their lives.
The reasons for their timing vary, but the common thread is that they're all happy with the choice they've made -- and they're embracing the joys and challenges of raising kids with equal enthusiasm.
Became a mom at 21
Became a mom at 30
Montclair, New Jersey
Became a mom at 35
New York, New York
Became a mom at 44
Became a mom at 51
Copyright: 2004 Nancy Colasurdo. Reprinted with permission of Parents magazine March 2004 issue.
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