Having kids is such a blessing! Some people aren’t able to have kids and wish they could. My heart goes out to them. I was blessed to have two and I’M DONE! lol No my husband didn’t have a vasectomy and I didn’t get my tubes tied. I’m on the pill and we’re careful. Both of our kids were planned. I stopped taking the pill and BAM pregnant!
Before having kids we talked about how we wanted to have them close together so they would always have a playmate, so they could look out for each other in school, etc. Little did I know about these early years. Having two toddlers FULL of energy is HARD work! I’m a stay at home mom (another blessing) and I dare someone to say that isn’t a job. I would probably fuss them out and that’s not even in my personality. Don’t say ANYTHING unless you have lived it.
My 3-year-old boy and 1 1/2-year-old girl can be a handful. From the time they wake up, 6/6:30 am til they go to bed, 7:30/8pm, they are at a 10! Thank goodness for naps! I get a little break during the day. They play well together. They don’t get into much trouble. Some days though, I feel like a referee. “Stop that, come out of there, don’t do that, put that down, come back, listen to Mommy.” It’s tiring taking care and running after two little people every day all day. Don’t let us go to the playground, indoor play gym or children’s museum. One wants to go one way and the other wants to go another way. I remember one time that my husband went with us to an indoor play gym. He asked, “How do you keep up with both of them???” I laughed at him. He got to see a snippet of my job.
It’s great having them close together but I’m ready (and not ready) for them to be older. For them to be able to take care of themselves a little. For example, make their lunch and mine too. I’m ready to see the close relationship they have when they are older. I’m PRAYING they are close. I wish I had a sibling close to my age. I saw others and wanted that. A forever friend. Someone who would always have your back. My husband grew up in a family where he had a sibling close to his age and they were best buddies. My siblings and I are 10+ years apart in age. We have a closer relationship now because they are adults and we have/had similar experiences.
So regardless if we have a crazy day or less then crazy day (it’s always crazy) I’m glad we decided to have our children close together. Being a mommy is hard but so rewarding! I love my life and all the craziness that goes with it. Everything will be JUST fine!
How do you feel about kids close together in age? Did you grow up with a sibling close to your age? Do you have children or plan to have children close in age?