48 with a 3 year old

 

So my life is a bit backward.   I’m 48 years old; most of my friends have kids in high school or even college.   I however, have a 3 year old daughter.  I’ve been married for 20 years, and my wife and I finally, happily, made it into parenthood.

What’s it like being an old guy with a young kid?   Well, I thought I would list the Pros & Cons:

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I am financially stable. I was dead broke!
Partying days are behind me, I am home every day at 4PM and every week end.  I have put my girl to bed every night for 3 -1/2 years. Wild man, bars, music, drinking, crazy, stay out all night.
I’m Tired. Parenting takes a lot of energy.
I can appreciate and be more grateful. Who knows what kind of Dad I would have been?
We are supposed to be enjoying our long term marriage, Travel, etc.  Now we still travel, but we take Bayla with us and it is very different. We traveled a lot over the past 20 years, unencumbered by kids.  Had lots of fun!
Marriage is stronger than ever. Over the past 20 years, we hit some rough spots and even separated once.
I will be an old man in her teens. She would have been 18 now.

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So all and all if you look at the chart above… there are a lot of good reasons to be 48 with a 3 year old, assuming I can stay healthy.  It’s just the way things worked out for us.   We always wanted kids, but the years just flew by.   I will say this, if I knew how much I would love being a Dad, I may have done it a long time ago!

All things considered, I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER IN ALL MY LIFE, and my little girl is the most important thing to me.

Any older parents out there with any insight?  Please comment

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