Reason #1: Ten more years with my children

NEW SERIES: Why I Love Being an Early Mama

A few weeks ago, my best friend (who has a 9-month-old little boy) texted me and said, I don't know why you don't like being a young mom, I love it!

But...I do love it. I wouldn't trade it for any other life I could have chosen. It's the best part of my life. And although we do tend to come together to share the common struggles and perceived judgments here on Early Mama, my main goal for this site was to provide encouragement and support. To prove that being an earlier-than-accepted mom can be a monumentally rewarding decision. The best decision you'll ever make.

So to emphasize the positive, I'm starting a new series to collect all of the reasons why we love our lives as early moms — and I'd love for your help. If you have a favorite reason why you love being a young mom, tweet it out with the hashtag #earlymama or send me a message. Be creative! Be honest! Be encouraging! If you love that your body snapped back mere weeks after delivering, shout it out. If you love that you were able to take a summer-long trek around Europe in your early 40s, show us a picture. If you're happy that your children could watch you build a successful career from the ground up, let us know.

There's no "right" time to have a child -- there are pros and cons all around -- but us early moms tend to get the most criticism and doubt. So my #1 reason that I love being an early mom is that I get 10 more years to know and love my children. That's an extra decade of kisses, hand holding, heart tugging. An extra decade of watching my children grow into the people they're meant to be.

An extra decade.

So what's your reason? Let's see how many reasons we can come up with.