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    My baby is due in May and my DS is 9 in July.

    I think the age gap is going to be great. DS is old enough to understand that I cant do xyz cos I am pregnant and tired. He is old enough to be involved with helping pick stuff for his little sister. I honestly dont know how people have 2 (or more) little ones at the same time....I would go craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy

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    I started planning baby 2 before I'd left hospital with jasper, but we didn't start trying till 6 months on and as it happened he was 3 years and 3 months before we had katelyn.

    But I wouldn't change this gap for anything, they've been just perfect for each other age wise. It's not easy, but I don't think it's "twice as much work" and now she's 1 and he's 4 they play nicely most of the time so that's nice. I find right now a lot easier in a lot of ways than when jasper was her age.

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    2 years 7 months between my two. I wanted them a little closer tbh, but dh was not sure, and we had just bought a new house. Just had to wait til the time was right!

    My brother is 4 1/2 years younger than me. Growing up we were not close, though we are closer these days. I think the gap was too big, or not big enough, depending on how you look at it. If we were closer together, we would have "grown up" together, if we were further apart I probably would have been less of a brat! But then I was the doted on "miracle child" to a supposedly infertile couple who doted on me, I probably would have felt threatened regardless.


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    Between dd1 & dd2 there is 21ish months at the time I thought it was smooth sailing looking back it was hectic but I would not change it.

    The age gap with this one will be 5 years to dd2 7 years with dd1 I'm thinking it should be a lot easier

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    Dd1 and dd2 are 13 months apart and 17 months later we had DS1. So yes I have 3 under 3 and for a very brief period 3 under 2.5. I won't lie- it is hard- but also sooooo rewarding- the older 2 are so close and I am starting to see the same bond develop with our son who is only 5 months. I love them close and yes there are days where I think ong I'm crazy but in 2-3 years time I'll be completely out of the baby phase and I'll get sleep again.

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    We have two years and one day between our DDs.

    I wasn't emotionally ready until dd1 was 12-ish months and it too a few months after that to fall pregnant. It didn't even cross our minds that they could be born the same month and ad it turned out, dd2 was 6 days late and arrived the day after dd2's 2nd birthday.

    There were times when it was really tough - two little kids that need help at the same time, but only one me.

    They are now nearly 4 and nearly 2 and switch between playing great together & fighting with each other.

    If we have a 3rd, it'll be closer to a 4year gap between dd2 and bubba3. I want to go back to work, go overseas and hopefully DD2 will start sleeping through before we try for another!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mim1 View Post
    My two are nearly 5 years apart (found out I was pregnant with #2 on our ds's 4th birthday). I find the age gap works well for us. My ds is so independent and was so helpful when our dd came along. I get tired easily (especially when pregnant) so it was great that our ds was in Kinder while I was pregnant and when I had a newborn. Having that time without my ds during the day helped relieve the typical challenges of having a newborn and another child. It also meant he got out of the house and was able to run around a lot with his peers, which is a little tricky with a newborn (and I had health issues so getting out & about for long was hard for many months after our dd was born).

    I don't think I would have managed a close (less than 2 years) gap very well emotionally or physically. My dd is almost 19 months old now and the thought of managing her & a newborn at the same time is just scary. I still think of her as a baby and she is still quite dependent and of course she runs, climbs and gets into all sorts of mischief super quickly. And I had severe coccyx pain in pregnancy and I would say it's almost better now, but it's been a long journey and it is one (of many) reasons we don't plan on a #3.
    ^^ this!!

    Ours are 4 years apart, DD was at kindy while i was pregnant and then with our newborn. It was fantastic having that time alone with the new bub while DD was happily off at school. Almost all of my mum friends have a gap of less that 2yrs and i've seen the way they struggled.

    If i had my time over, i'd do it exactly the same.

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    18 months between #1 and #2, will be 4 years between #2 and #3

    the gap between our first two was/is excellent and on purpose lol, would of been closer if it happened straight away. even though our dd has a genetic disorder, it's really sweet to see them interact. it was busy but then again you pick up a routine & skills along the way.

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    26 months between mine, wow it was hard!

    Now they are 2 and 4. Best of friends, rarely fight. DS is very maternal and loves his sister to bits, and DD just adores him, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    ^^ this!!

    Ours are 4 years apart, DD was at kindy while i was pregnant and then with our newborn. It was fantastic having that time alone with the new bub while DD was happily off at school. Almost all of my mum friends have a gap of less that 2yrs and i've seen the way they struggled.

    If i had my time over, i'd do it exactly the same.
    This is so reassuring to read. My DS is 2.5 years old and we are planning on a 4 year gap. I've watched the majority of my friends struggle with 2 under 2 and I know it's just not for me.


 

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