(Closed) What did you like about having kids close together?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I don’t have any kids, but my mom had three girls each one year apart. She said she loved the fact that we a) all rode the same bus to school, b) shared the same group of friends, c) could be on the same soccer/basketball teams together and d) we all got out of the house back to back!

This saved her a lot of time/gas on car pools and there wasn’t extended periods of time between celebrations. I mean, high school graduation was bam bam bam and done! SHe didn’t have to go to a ceremony, wait five years, go to another one, wait another five years….

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

goodriddance88:  I have 2 sons who are spaced almost exactly the same length apart as your LO’s will be. I love so much about their closeness in age!

1.) The younger one potty trained faster because he was mimicking his older brother. 2.) I was able to dress them alike for a few years with no complaints from them. Super cute!!! 3.) Now that they are teens, the older one has his license and they play on the same team at school, so my running around picking them up from practice has been almost eliminated. Trust me, by this age you will definitely appreciate the break. 4.) They are pretty well behaved because they know that if they get out of line, there is a good chance that the other will snitch. Benefits of sibling rivalry that you will rarely hear about. Lol. 5.) As much as they argue, they are extremely close and protective of one another. I worry less because of this. I could go on and on, but challenges aside, I am extremely happy with their slight age difference. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

MsSparrow:  well my big sis was born in 02/1988, I was born in 06/1989 and my little sis 09/1990. Hand-me-downs were a big money saver for my parents and we never felt like one was overlapping the other with individual celebrations πŸ™‚

Also, Christmas was nice because we all wanted the same thing, just in our favorite color which were all different from each other lol

As a middle child of three girls, I think my greatest memories were school, soccer practices or games and just hanging out with friends. I loved that I had my sisters by my side at school or church, they always had my back! My big sis lead the way in meeting new ppl at sports games and if someone was picking on one of is, they were picking on all of us and we were not having it! Lol

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Mine will be almost exacrly 2 years apart when baby #2 is born (DD#1 born 11/2013, DD#2 due 12/2015). What I’m looking forward to with having them close together is that we’lol be done with the infant/baby years sooner, we can pass down DD#1’s clothes to DD#2, the baby stage is still fairly fresh in my mind, DD#1 is really into babies right now, and I’m hoping that they will be good friends as they grow up.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

MsSparrow:  I don’t have any kids, but my best friend’s kids are 18 months apart. She always says that while it was hard for a couple of years she wouldn’t have done any other way. They are SUPER close, and I think what she liked best was being done with all the baby stuff at practically the same time. Her Darling Husband comes from a big family, and her SIL’s all had kids of varying ages. Her kids were done with diapers, strollers, diaper bags, etc and they could actually go “do” stuff while her SIL’s were all struggling with kids who were at different stages.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MsSparrow:  We had them as close as possible – twins, and I really like that I have my family complete instead of worrying about TTC again.  Also I was 31 when the girls were born, we were originally going to wait 2-3 years for baby #2 but I’m glad when they go off to college and it’s just the two of us again I’ll be under 50.  Arbitrary I know.

I’m also really glad they get to grow up being good friends, having never had a sister and having had a brother who thought his 3-years-younger sister was pretty lame most of the time I’m glad they get to experience that.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I don’t have kids yet, but we are hoping to have them somewhat close in age when we do because I will be 33 when we get married. That being said, I am one of five girls born within 8 years! My twin and I were born in March 1983, our Irish triplet was born in April 1984, another March 1987, and last April 1991. Yes, I realize it’s nuts. We always had hand me downs (including me, even though I was the oldest, I was not the biggest) and often played on the same sports teams. If my parents could have paid for college or our weddings, they would have been slammed all at once. They had three of us in diapers at once, but we did everything much quicker than other kids because of the competition. My twin and I walked at 9 months! We fought like cats and dogs, but if anyone from the outside messed with us, watch out! We are hoping to maximize my time off work by having two little ones close together and me taking more time off after the second than the first. Hopefully fertility won’t be a big issue – Fiance is one of 4 kids (him and 3 sisters!) and we already have 13 nieces and nephews. (Both families are Irish and Italian – big families!)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

Dear Daughter was born Jan 2014 and DS was born exactly one month ago πŸ™‚ so our little ones are 18 months apart. I will say it is super tough right now as I already feel spoiled with how independent and sleep trained Dear Daughter is so I def wouldnt have wanted to wait longer; I really am not a fan of the newborn stage and wanted to get it over with. I’m still on maternity leave so not going to lie, there have been a few nights when we haven’t slept at all and knowing in the morning I will be dealing with my newborn and toddler and I question whether we did the right thing. However when I think about the fact that in a few months (because it really does go so quick), he’ll be crawling and playing with Dear Daughter, I know I’ll be thankful to be done πŸ™‚ 

One tip (I guess?) is that Dear Daughter was super into the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. She is/was too young for us to really be able to explain to her there was a baby on the way and being that she’s super possessive of Darling Husband, I was afraid she would have a really hard time when the baby arrived. However, there are a series of episodes when the main character gets a baby sister and how he handles a new baby in the family and sharing parent time, etc. I’m not entirely sure how much she understood of it but I’m convinced that is what has helped her handle having a new sibling so well. She absolutely adores her little brother πŸ™‚ 

Good luck and congratulations! 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

mixtaperomance:  OMG it’s so funny that you bring up Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Dear Daughter (21 months) loves it, and we’ve been showing her the episodes where he gets a baby sister. She’s been really into them. Hopefully she’ll have some kind of understanding of it all! We ask her where Mama’s baby is or where baby sister is and she will point to or kiss my stomach, so hopefully that’s a good sign haha.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

Cory_loves_this_girl:  πŸ™‚ that’s awesome! I used to HATE the show (katarina kittycat meow meow anyone? UGH!) but now i’m SO thankful that she is into it lol.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

mixtaperomance:  I just hate how they ALL have to sing the same song a million times per episode. Also can’t stand O the Owl (such a whiner!) and how Miss Elaina always calls everyone “Toots”. Oh well, I’ve mostly learned to tune it out while Dear Daughter watches lol.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

Cory_loves_this_girl:  Hahahaha right? Someone everyone in the neighborhood knows the same song -__-  lol. And my husband says the same thing about miss elaina. I can’t stand her mom’s voice. Or katarina’s mom’s voice haha. 

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