having two babies close together

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  1. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    Hi all
    I have three older girls and had LO last year when I was 35. It has been such a pleasure although it was a shock at the time!
    Have just found out I'm pregnant again with baby being due when LO will be 18 months old.
    I had two girls close together 16 years ago and I remember it being HARD WORK.
    Has anybody else got two close together and is on the wrong side of 30?
    I'm so scared - please give me some positive stories :flower:
     
  2. ciarhwyfar

    ciarhwyfar 3 time Mum

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    I wanted this one to be closer to two years apart but that wasn't meant to be. My two will be three years apart. Still kind of close but I have never done two at the same time before so I have no idea how I am going to handle things. :)
     
  3. Wind

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    Well, I'm pregnant with twins. Does that count?? They will be really close in age-minutes apart probably. :haha:

    I'll be honest, I am concerned about the amount of work and lack of sleep that will come with having two little ones. I am trying to remain as calm as I can and take it one problem, one concern, one situation at a time.
     
  4. Storm1jet2

    Storm1jet2 Well-Known Member

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    Just think, no matter how much hard work it is how close your little ones will be! Lovely for them to have a sibling around the same age :hugs:
     
  5. _Vicky_

    _Vicky_ Mum to twins

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    ppsshhh does 14 minutes sound close enough? I was 36 when I had the boys and its fine. Yes bone shatteringly exhausting and my record at getting up was 19 times in one night but worth every second!! (sorry wind)

    The way they are starting to interact is sooo amazing it makes me cry - they will always have each other long after I am gone - thats worth any amount of sleep deprivation.

    You'll be fine sweetie - if I can do it anyone can xx
     
  6. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    You're so brave! Hopefully there are lots of people wanting to help out - I do wonder if people will be more willing or less to offer help seeing as it's two?!

    Congratulations :flower:
     
  7. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    I feel foolish now as I'm pretty sure a baby and a toddler is a bit easier than 2 babies at the same time :blush:
    I suppose I just got hit with the realisation that I am actually getting older and that's not something I have worried about before! The bonus now is that I'm not in the minority in having a baby at this age - I see many women about the same age pushing prams - us women are amazing aren't we? We can deal with anything (I'll try and remember this when I'm stuck to the sofa breastfeeding watching my toddler smearing the cat and surrounding furniture with permanent marker :haha:)
     
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    Mine are 15 months apart....very hard that first year but am soooooo glad! They are the best of friends (though they fight like cats and dogs too!).

    They truly do not know what to do without each other! The other thing that is awesome is that their interests are so similar. They enjoy the same games, tv shows, activities, etc.

    I worry about this one being out of the loop so to speak because she will be so much younger than the other 2 and they are already so tight with each other.
     
  9. SullenGrl

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    I'm pregnant on second baby now. DS is 8 months old and there will be 12 months between the 2. I'm not sure about how tough it will be once this next baby gets here, but its definitely tough going when you body has not had a chance to recover. Make sure during the pregnancy to get as much help as you can. I'm really wrecked most days and DH is a dream - stay at home dad - and takes care of most everything around the house. I'm back to work a month now and have already missed 4 days - 1 from exhaustion and 3 from a stomach bug. Not trying to scare you, just saying make sure to look after yourself and get as much rest as possible!! Congrats!!
     
  10. robinator

    robinator Guest

    Well, God willing we want to get pregnant again 5-6 months after this one is born. We're not getting any younger and want 2 or 3 kids.
     
  11. knitbit

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    My first two are 18 months apart. DH is really involved, so it was manageable. The hardest thing is that the younger of the two only wanted mommy and had colic. Now they are 3.5 and 5 and great pals.

    So now we are expecting twins, so life is about to get really interesting.
     
  12. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for all your positive replies. I do actually feel a bit more optimistic now.

    I'm sure any difficult times will be outweighed by the good times.
    I must admit the pregnancy is going well so far but I am absolutely wiped out. Here's hoping the 2nd trimester will come with a renewed energy!
     
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    Oh! You are in my situation. My daughter is 6 and my son is 5; they are 16 months apart. And I am 7 weeks along with a new one. Anyway, my kids love each other so much. They play all the time together, but they do fight, too. They make up their own games, like the same shows, etc. Also worried about the new one not fitting in, but they want a baby so much and they will both be in school soon enough. I will miss them a lot, but maybe I can have some nice bonding time with the little one.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. You want more kids after 35, you better start piling them one on top of the other! :thumbup:

    My closests age gap is 23 months. I'd like to have the same if not closer, just because I don't have the luxury to space it out anymore.
     
  15. happigail

    happigail Mummy to Kitty and Ashy.

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    Interesting thread, I'm Gunna have a 15 month gap with my 2 youngest!
     
  16. Caezzybe

    Caezzybe Mummy to Logan & Jasmine

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    I'm 42 with a 9 month old with Down's Syndrome (who I absolutely adore) and am 14 weeks pregnant. There will be a gap of 14 months between the two of them and Logan has development issues that need extra help. I know it will be difficult but I am prepared for this and know I will cope. Good luck to anyone else with two babies close together :)
     
  17. poppy666

    poppy666 My family Complete x

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    Im in the same boat as you, my 3 eldest sons are 20,19 & 18. My youngest son will be 19mths when this one is born and i remember back to my 20s and surprised i wasnt sectioned cos it was soooooooooo hard :haha: but i find im more patient in my 40s with my youngest so i think if anything it will be easier him having a little sister to play with instead of being on his own.
     
  18. xxembobxx

    xxembobxx Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly how I remember it! I was always so desperate for the girls to reach the next stage as I hoped it would get easier :wacko:

    Like you I have a lot more patience now though. And babies seem more of a blessing now so I do cherish every day I spend with LO - although it didn't feel like it at the time they do grow up so fast.
     
  19. ellie27

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    Me and OH will be 35 when this baby arrives. There will be 21/22 months age gap.

    We always said we would have 2 or 3 children so again, maybe when the baby is 1 we will ttc for number 3.

    I had a very easy, pain free pregnancy and Anna's first 1.5 years have gone by so smoothly (except the first few months!) so optimistic that all will go well.:flower:
     
  20. Sarahkka

    Sarahkka Mama to Two Fine Boys!

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    We have two boys 20 months apart and are pretty sure that we will TTC our third baby when baby turns one.
    There is chaos at the beginning. It's trying to find the balance between nursing the newborn and keeping up with the crazy toddler energy!
    I co-slept with this baby, as that allowed me to get enough sleep to keep up with the toddler the next day. I also learned to nurse in my baby carrier, so I could take toddler to the park and still make sure that baby got fed and cuddled.
    Those were my coping strategies and the rest, quite frankly, is a bit of a blur. But a happy blur! Despite all the chaos, I really did manage to savour each little baby stage this second time around. :cloud9:
     

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