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Teresa Watts expects to have her second child on May 28. The baby's room has been painted. The crib her older daughter once slept in has been pulled out of storage. In March, Ms. Watts's sister threw her a baby shower.
Sounds like any other mother-to-be -- except for the fact that Ms. Watts turns 45 in June, an age when many women are planning a life beyond babies.
Ms. Watts, who has a 16-year-old daughter due to graduate from high school next year, thought her days of diaper changes and 2 a.m. feedings were done. "I was shocked," the former waitress from Clarksville, Tenn., says of the home pregnancy test that came out positive. "Women my age just don't get pregnant."
The news of Ms. Watts's pregnancy came after her 49-year-old husband decided to retire this spring as a supervisor at a truck-parts manufacturer. The couple had planned to cash in an individual retirement account, move to Florida and buy a boat. He still left the job, but is currently looking for a new one.
"This baby really is a blessing, and we've had time to adjust," Ms. Watts says. "But we're sending our oldest daughter to college next year, and now we have to start all over again."