I'm (recently) 27, married 5 years, no children yet -- and I admit it surprises me a great deal when people try to compliment me by saying how responsible I am to have children late in life, or how good a mother I'll be as a late-in-life mother. The first time someone said it (when I was 23) I was very stunned. I don't feel very late-in-life yet.
With the most recent comment anyway, I know the person commenting really was just trying to be pleasant, but I didn't know that having a baby in one's late 20s/early 30s, as we hope/plan, is late in life.
I find that it's usually older people who think having a baby past the teen years is being an 'older mom' but two of the people who said this to me are near my age -- one of them is a 31 year old mother of 3 and another a childless single woman in her 20s who told me that her sister had children late in life and she was a wiser mother for it. I happen to know her sister had her first at age 28.
Is this weird or is it just me?