Dealing with secondary infertility and would really love to hear some positives for this age spacing. I have a twin plus 3 other siblings, dh's family had 9 kids in 12 years, so we only know close ages. Thanks!
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Benefits of 5-6 year age spacing?post #1 of 121/18/13 at 6:00pmThread Starterpost #2 of 121/19/13 at 8:48am
My sisters are six years older than I am (they are twins) and we had a great relationship growing up and continue to be very close as adults. There was definitely a lot of idolization, they were always the coolest age (12 when I was 6, 18 when I was 12) were fountains of wisdom and practical advice (how to deal with friends, boys, and school, how to dance, how to choose a college, find a job). When I was really little I called them the "little mommies" because they were always there to comfort me when my mom was busy with other things like the brother who came only 20 months after me and really left me feeling a little bit of lifelong resentment of the rapidity with which I ceased to be the baby. I never felt like I ever got the attention from my mother I really needed, ( I think many people who rush to grow their family when their babies are still little don't really consider that many LOs have a real need to be the baby for a good two or three years) and the care and attention of my older sisters went a long way to alleviate some of the feelings that I was just a quick detour on the way to her last (and forever) baby.
And of course, there are the health benefits both to you and your future baby in more liberal spacing.
I know secondary infertility is rough, but your baby will come at exactly the right time! Good luck.post #3 of 121/19/13 at 1:36pmThread Starterpost #4 of 123/4/13 at 5:47pmMy oldest and second are 4 years and 4 months apart in age. Life got very lifey after that. Moves, job change, building a house, ds had multiple food and environmental allergies that required a huge amount of my time. When ds was 8 we decided to try for another and happily conceived another girl. Her and ds are 9 years apart. It's a huge age gap. But as in all family dynamics, it works perfectly. I also agree with the above poster, babies benefit from getting to be the baby. Research also shows this to be true (3-5 years) good luck!post #5 of 123/4/13 at 6:42pmOlder sibling is more independent so can get themselves dressed or fed if you need to feed the baby.
Possibly a bit more self-control so can play with the baby without whacking them on the head or "loving them too hard".
Older child might be at school or mindy so you will be able to spend one-on-one time with the new baby. Second and subsequent children often miss out on this with closer spacing.
Longer gap allows you to optimise your own nutrition and health between pregnancies.
First child doesn't have to grow up faster because there is a new baby while they are still a baby themselves.
5-6yo more likely to have weaned so won't wean early due to milk changes during pregnancy.
Older child more likely to be STTN and/or sleeping in their own bed than a 2-3yo.
Older child able to take a more active role in helping you with the baby which might minimise feelings of jealousy or resentment.
Older child can show off new baby at school - always goes down well :-)
That's all I can think of at the moment. Hugs, Mama. I'm sorry you're having a hard time.post #6 of 123/5/13 at 11:03am
I love all these replies :) Great answers ladies! There's a lot to be said for being able to focus on the "baby in your arms" and really enjoy their little years before having another. And the potential benefits on SLEEP for mom are not to be understated!post #7 of 123/5/13 at 11:18am
DS will be five when his sibling is born in August. So far, it's been really nice to be able to explain to DS about pregnancy (and limitations on how much I can swing him around now). He is so, so excited to be a big brother. And we won't have two kids in college at the same time. ;)
We didn't have fertility problems, just convincing DH problems. I won. ;) But in the end, I think with the dynamics of our lives and families, this will be as close to perfect as life allows. Two-ish weeks after the baby is born, he'll start full day 5K so I'll have plenty of baby-only time and I'm so excited that I'll be on maternity leave for a while into the school year so I can walk him to school and back home for a while before I go back to work.post #8 of 123/5/13 at 11:27am
DS1 was 6.5 when our second was born 2 months ago. I had hoped to have a second one sooner but life happened (no infertility issues) and it was finally time. I have to say I'm loving the spacing. DS1 had been asking for a sibling for a few years, so he was and is super excited to have a brother. I love that he can dress himself, take care of all his potty needs and entertain himself independently when necessary. And he is a big help with the baby--bringing me things I need, holding him when I need to go to the bathroom or do other things, even wore him in the sling for a while the other day. I love seeing my big boy learn all these nurturing skills---he's going to make someone a fantastic co-parent some day.post #9 of 123/14/13 at 10:26am
My kids are 5.2yrs apart. They do hang out together and play despite the age and gender difference. Big brother looks out for his sister which is neat to watch. In the earlier days DS was potty trained and sleeping in his own bed when DD was born. DS got to enjoy the new baby and help out and I felt it was easier to take care of a baby and not have a toddler to take care of at the same time! In the future only 1 will be in college at a time and that will help financially. With the age difference they are into different things and often DS will do something with DH while I do something with DD. It's easier to juggle their extracurricular activities with this age gap as DD isn't involved with school and sports,after school stuff as DS is. I figure when my kids are adults 5 years won't seem like much compared to growing up with 5 years age difference.post #10 of 123/14/13 at 10:41am
My brother is 5 years older than me. As a child it wasn't too thrilling because I was always the annoying little sister who he wanted nothing to do with. It was only until later in life where I actually started to see the benefit. Because of the age gap, our lives aren't in direct competition. We didn't grow up being compared to eachother, we became unique individuals whereas sometimes siblings closer in age all get put into the same sports or activities due to convenience. We had our own friends, in fact, we didn't have to share anything so it was like having all the benefits of growing up an only child but in the end we still ended up with a sibling.
Edited to add: Since single kids are easier to deal with, with the larger age gap you get to "enjoy" having a newborn again, whereas when you have two close in age you have to worry about things like tandem nursing, assembly-lining diaper changes, etc. With a large age gap the older child is in their own room, being independent and you can spend more time co-sleeping, babywearing, etc.post #11 of 123/14/13 at 3:42pm
There is a 5 year age gap between my two boys and if we conceive when I plan to, DS1 will be 11 and DS2 will be 6 when the new baby is born. I love the spacing. Babies get to be babies without the rush to grow up because there's another baby coming. When we told the boys that we were planning to have another one, they were both beyond thrilled. I love seeing how excited they are. It makes my heart happy.post #12 of 125/19/13 at 5:06pm
My son will be 5 by the time we have another baby *fingers crossed*. I think 5 is a good age, although I prefer 3 years apart. That way I haven't been too far removed from the sleepless nights and baby food that I have forgotten LOL
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