My daughter and my son are 18 months apart in age. Yeah. That’s pretty close. BUT….get this….my brother and I are 10 months apart. TO THE DAY. I was born on June 22nd and then he was born the following April 22nd. Pretty sure that was not supposed to happen, according to doctors wishes, but it did. Bless my parents.
If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t. Yes, it was HARD, extremely trying and down right exhausting, but these days its pretty awesome. Here are some reasons why:
- Both of my children play together. Yes, they fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but for the most part, they get along and keep each other occupied.
- They are each others best friend. And I remember the same being the case for my brother and I when we were little. We may have hated each other face to face, but let someone else pick on me and my brother was there in two hot seconds.
- As a parent, when you’ve conquered one stage, you don’t have to go back. My husband and I celebrated, I mean down right partied, when our youngest was potty trained. Woo hoo, no more diapers!! YES! And now we don’t have to go back. The same went for bottles, getting them dressed, teaching them to tie their shoes, brush their own teeth, etc. Once they learn one responsibility it gets a little easier, and when they both learn it, it’s like FREEDOM for parents. A little sad too, because they don’t need us anymore little by little, but that’s the whole finish line at the end of this journey right? Celebrate each stage.
- Dinner conversations. Really any conversations. We don’t have to explain things to a much younger child, or censor things for a young child and not for an older child. It’s fun because they both laugh at things appropriate for their age group, because they are right there at the same age.
- They are currently in Kindergarten and First Grade. I get to drop them at the same school at the same time. And for two years out of their school career, I will only have to travel to two different schools. We are pretty blessed with that. Totally not planned, but God was watching out for me and knew what I would need to stay sane.
Now, I completely understand that this whole, “having kids close together thing” doesn’t happen for some and others prefer the spaced out ages, and some are not able to have more than one child. God has a different plan for everyone. This blog is only my two cents of what life is like for us. That we experienced two children under two at one time and survived. It’s meant to encourage you, that whatever happens in life – you can take it! I believe everything happens for a reason. God meant for us to have those two under two, who are now 5 and 7, and we wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.
How about you? Do you agree/disagree? I’d love to hear your pros and cons of having children close together or several years apart.