There's much to appreciate about being a new mom in your 20s. There's the energy, the ability to endure the baby's sleepless nights a little easier, and the utter excitement of not knowing what lies ahead. I've had a baby both in my early 20s and early 30s, so you could say I'm "experienced" when it comes to the parallels of motherhood. My 20s were quite the roller coaster, while my 30s taught me to accept things I previously hadn't. I also know about the ways moms in their early 30s differ from moms in their 20s, again, because I've been there.
My daughter came into the world at a time in my life when I was used to going out every weekend (and some weekdays), had no career or plan to get where I wanted to be, and my relationship with my partner was good, but not secure enough to build a future on at that point. I look back on my 20s as being a mixed bag of emotions. While thrilled to have a baby, I also had no idea what I was doing. As most mothers, I learned as I went along, and still continue to.
By the time I had my son, I'd just celebrated my 30th birthday and, in so many ways, felt more secure compared to when I was a new mother with my daughter. However, of all the things that changed the most from my 20s mom life to my 30s mom life, it's my confidence that has endured the greatest shift. I felt ready to mother my rainbow baby, maybe because I'd been through so much before him, where the birth of my daughter was a completely different experience. On that note, here are just some of the ways I think moms in their early 30s differ from moms in their 20s, with one true constant — we love our babies.