Post # 1
So on St. Patrick’s day of this year I had a beautiful daughter. We’ve been doing great, and I’ve been loving watching her grow and change, and develop her own personality.
And I just found out I’m pregnant again. 7 weeks already.
My St. Patrick’s day baby is going to have an Irish Twin…my husband is thrilled. I am equal parts happy and terrified. What am I going to do with my babies so very close?
Post # 3
My Fiance was born in Feb and his brother in Dec. They are 10 months apart and born in the same year! They went to school in the same class and grade, etc, etc.
The one thing I can say is that they have a very, very close bond since they are so close in age. They shared a room, a bunch of clothes, had the same friends. It was almost like twins without being twins.
Post # 4
I cant give my experience of motherhood but my brother and I are just 11 months apart… Although we fought alot i feel that having a sibling so close in age made me tougher. I was better equipped to deal with other kids by the time school came around and i was far more active. It was so much fun having somebody to play with. Now we are older we understand each other far better and on a deeper level than we do with my sister who is 5 years younger. Congratulations and best of luck!!
Post # 5
I’ve heard from a lot of people with Irish Twins that they end up being very close and good playmates.
I have a good friend who has babies that are just over a year apart and so far, they are very close!
I do think personalities of the babies play a big part too.
Congrats on both your babies 🙂
Post # 6
I babysit brothers who are 54 weeks apart–one born the middle of July, one born the last week. Right now they’re going on 2 and 3, so it’s hard to say how close their bond is, but I’ve only heard good things from other people with Irish twins, etc..
Congrats on both your babies!
Post # 7
My sister and brother were born just over a year apart. It was tough for my mom when they were both in diapers but they are really close with each other. I am actually hoping we have our kids close together too.
Post # 8
Congratulations! I can imagine how scared you must be too. I know a lot of people whose children are a year and a half apart. While it’ll be hard in the beginning having kids that close in age means you will be done with the stage quickly and never have to revisit and your kids will be best friends.
Post # 9
Darling Husband and his brother are Irish Twins – Darling Husband was born January 27 and his brother was born the following January 1. While I can’t speak to how parenting them went, they have a very close relationship.
Post # 10
My cousin’s kids are less than a year apart. I know his wife was/is pretty exhausted by them, but as they’ve been growing older, it’s neat to watch how close they are, but also what sets them apart from each other. It’s a really different relationship than I had from my sister (6 years between us).
Post # 11
My girls are a year and 6 weeks apart. It was challenging in the beginning but I love havingthem close.. They are bff’s… Theyate 8 and 7 now.
Post # 12
I have a friend from high school who is 11 months older than his sister, and they are extremely close. He said it was tough for his mom when they were very young, but growing up they really looked out for each other and helped each other with school work and making friends. Congratulations on your beautiful babies 🙂
Post # 13
I’m going to go against the grain here and say that having children so close together could potentially backfire, as I’ve seen it happen with my cousins. Don’t get me wrong, they’re close (they’re 14 months apart) but the older of the two has some pretty serious issues that many of our family members attribute to he and his brother being so close in age.
My older cousin (T) has problems in school and extra curriculars while his younger brother (G) excels in everything. They’re in a constant state of competition because they’re experiencing everything right around the same time. T didn’t do great in school this year so there’s a possibility that he could be held back next year if he doesn’t straighten up. If he gets held back and ends up in the same grade as his brother, it’s going to be VERY bad for T. Had they not been so close in age, this wouldn’t be a concern.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about my family but many things have happened in the last 14/15 years that make us believe that T would have been better off had my aunt and uncle waited a few years before having a second child but then again, who knows. He could have had these issues regardless, we just think that his brother being so close in age hasn’t done him any favors.
ETA: Sorry for the ramble. It’s just kind of funny because my mother and I were just talking about this a few days ago.
Post # 14
My mom was one of 5 in 6 years and 1 week (all single births) and my dad mom has 5 children in 5 years (one set of twins). Both grandmothers said it was exhausting, but wonderful. My aunts and uncles are closer than they would have been and my cousins are close in age. Congrats! It’ll be great!
Post # 15
I’m Irish twins with my sister. And it’s miserable, especially growing up.
Here’s my advice: Do not call your children twins, nor dress them up similarily (even young). Do not share birthdays. Do not force children to do the same activities.
As the older, and more introverted, of my sister and I, I felt very, very left out and unnoticed. To this day, my birthday is constantly looked over because family members are “birthday’d out” by the time mine rolls along a week later. Because of jealousy between the two of us (hers is as great as mine, as immature as that sounds), we are not as close as we should be.
Post # 16
I have a twin brother, and a brother eighteen months older then us. It was fun for all of the three of us growing up together. I think there are positives and negatives and it will be what you and your husband make it!
ps: we also surprise babies and twins so my parents were in shock too, and now it’s a funny story they tell us!