MOTHERHOOD AFTER THE BIG FOUR-OH The Rebel Mama Meet Mary. A vivacious mama of two who refused to let time get in her way. Here’s her story: Written by Mary Labiri Being a Mom in your 40s is all it’s cracked up to be! Any pregnant woman who is a first time mom tries to prepare for the mental and physical exhaustion that everybody warns about. Being pregnant in your late 30s and being a Mom in your 40s is not much different… Except it is. Motherhood in your 40s IS physically exhausting, but mentally you are so well equipped for it because you’ve conquered the hurdles you need to prepare you for the challenge. To understand how I prepared, here’s a brief history on how I became a 41 year old mother with a 2 and 1 year old. Before the age of 30, I opened my own business. After 5 years and the economic downturn of 2008, I closed up shop. I brushed myself off and found work in my field. Once again, plowing into my work like a maniac. I had energy to burn and set and exceeded my goals. I was in pure selfish mode; party, work, travel, me, shop in constant rotation. Babies were not on the brain for me at all, as I was in the prime of my life – personally and professionally. To be honest, though, my 20s didn’t set out that way. I was married at 25 and had my world all planned out: to have my first baby at 27 and then have the second by 29. Until it all fell apart, and I divorced at 27. Everything I thought would be part of my world was no longer there. And as it turns out, it was the best thing that could ever happen to me. I scraped myself off, and decided to live my life for me… This is an excerpt from the article MOTHERHOOD AFTER THE BIG FOUR-OH which originally appeared on The Rebel Mama.