As a midlife parent, I think I have better tools and skills than when I was in my 20's. I had the time to enjoy my career and marriage before kids. I travelled and pretty much did whatever I wanted. And I am much more mellow. So I have no regrets, and am not missing much of anything.
But sometimes I worry if I will see Kerri graduate college, get married, and have children of her own. As the birthdays approach, I wonder if I will still be able to take care of her (and not the other way around) when she is a young adult. I never thought or worried about mortality and/or health in my 20's - because back then I had all the time in the world!
Regardless, Kerri keeps me young. She keeps me on my toes and reminds me what it was like to be a kid all over again. I get to enjoy parenting, without stress, and totally prepared (well, as much as one can be) for motherhood. You see, I got to practice on all my nieces and nephews first, study child psychology, and read countless parenting books - way before motherhood. Kerri was not only planned, I waited over twenty years for her! And so far, I have enjoyed every second, minute, and hour she has been a part of our family. Especially when she says I am old. :o)
Life with Kerri is grateful for every precious moment.