(Closed) Calling all mothers of "Irish Twins"

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am not an Irish Twin, not do I have children, but my friends are IT’s. They are 10 months apart. 10 MONTHS! When the mother was pregnant, people from their church would comment “Oh, I thought you had the baby by now” not knowing she was pregnant again. The boys would have been in the same grade, but she held one back.

They grew up having a ton of the same friends and fighting with each other more than the other siblings because they were so close in age.

Post # 3
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sassy9226:  My coworker was is in the exact same situation. It is hard to be pregnant with a little one and it isn’t easy have two so young. It was especially hard as a working parent. However, it gets so much better. You get done with the “up all night” years quickly and the kids are able to play together and have common playdates with just one kid coming over. She loves it now, but at the time she found out she was so scared and was so afraid to tell my boss and our coworkers. We were thrilled for her!

Good luck!


Post # 5
7338 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

“Irish twins” is a derogatory term that mocks Irish Catholics for not using birth control. A more suitable phrase May simply be “children born very close together.”

Post # 7
8091 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve always heard the phrase used affectionately, never heard anyone say it in a derogatory way.

Post # 8
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am an Irish twin. Doesn’t matter, never noticed it, never thought about it growing up. Just keep movin’ along and enjoy your kiddos! 

Post # 9
5381 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

My mom was an irish twin. My uncle was almost 11 months younger. My grandparents were also 22-23. Since I’m that age now, I could NOT imagine having a 14 month old and a 3 month old. I’m sure it’s a shock at first, but I’m sure you will get used to it soon enough. Thinking of you!

Post # 10
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sassy9226:  My kids are 17 months apart.  They have always been very close.  It was a little bit harder in the very beginning, but Pollywog:  is right, it does get easier with time.  If you are expecting another, they will probably entertain each other, which works out very nicely!  Good luck

Post # 11
7338 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s still an offensive term to some. The dictionary doesn’t decide what is offensive and what isn’t. Sensitivity and awareness are far too scarce in this world I suppose.

Post # 13
2473 posts
Buzzing bee

If it’s not an offense to people to whom it’s supposed to be offensive, (me), it’s not offensive at all.

Political/cultural correctness gone haywire!

Post # 14
197 posts
Blushing bee

Lol what is offensive about this phrase? Some catholics don’t use birth control, and what happens when you’re fertile, don’t use BC and have sex a lot? Babies. Nobody is calling the Irish or Catholics whores or anything. Fertility and back-to-back pregnancies happen when one doesn’t use birth control, which apparently was a trend among the Irish Catholics back in the day. Absolutely nothing offensive about that.

I would love to be able to have my kids within a year and a bit of each other, even though I’m sure it’d be hectic for the first few years.

Fiance and his sister are 13 months apart, but were both born premature. I guess they would qualify? His mom is always going on about how happy she was with the situation, and the kids were very close growing up. 

Post # 15
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You sound like me! I got pregnant when my son was 3 months old. I can’t tell you how it is having two under 12 months apart yet As I’m 29 weeks pregnant, but I can share that the pregnancy part is very difficult. My son doesn’t understand why I can’t play on the floor all time and why he can’t climb up my mountain of a belly. I can’t even reach to put him in his crib so he ended up in my bed and I can’t get him back into the crib. He’s teething and there’s no sleep for mama. everyone says I look “about to pop” because I’m huge as my uterus never got a break. My son is about to walk so I chase him around all day and still keep the house up so the Braxton hicks are pretty constant from 3 pm on, which also is scary and awful. I left my job at 6 months pregnant to try to get some extra rest but it’s awfully hard with a crawling, curious, energetic little one around!

On a positive note I am very excited the kids will grow up together and we will now have one of each! Everyone I’ve spoken too who has Irish Twins (Im assuming it’s ok to use this since I am an Irish Catholic and they are my kids) says they wouldn’t have it any other way. And all of our baby stuff such as the swing and all was never packed away. Our house is ready! I even had some newborn/ size 1 diapers! Since it’s a girl I got to buy lots of clothes too which is fun… And decorate a second nursery since my son isn’t out of his crib and I plan on letting him stay in t until he’s about 2. And the newborn stage is fresh in your mind too! 


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