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My kids are 11 (dd) and 6 (ds). If we have a 3rd, my son and the babe would be seven years apart in age. I keep thinking about how this would be, for all of them, growing up. The babe would be in the house alone for half of their childhood.<br><br>
I'm not sure now if I would want that, being an only (for practical purposes). I really want another child and dh says he does but is a bit hesitant too. We're both 38.<br><br>
I've even thought, we could have two more and space them closer. Kind of like a second set of kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I knew a family who did this, by accident...they had young teens/preteens and then two little toddlers.<br><br>
Any ideas or experience with this sort of thing?? Thanks for reading.
 

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I don't see anything wrong with either idea. DH and his bro are 7 years apart, they have always been closer then my sister and I that were 24m apart. And I know a few families that had two sets of children like you are talking about. One woman referred to them as her first and second litters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Good luck with whatever you decide to do. My DH is part of his mother's "second litter". (I love that by the way!) He's closest to the brother who is 8 years older. It looks like your DS will have time at home by himself after his sister leaves if you don't have more children. I really wouldn't let that part influence me if I felt like my family was not "complete". I too am 38 and on the fence about trying for one more. I have a 7 and 3 year old. DH says my thought process is definately tyed to how close I am to ovulation!<br>
Decisions, decisions<br>
Pamela
 

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My Dh has a brother 7 yrs older and he thinks it was to far apart BUT he liked having an older brother to help him out later on in life.<br><br>
My aunt has 2 litters!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> she has a 25 and 24 yrs old and a 14 and 12 year old. Both sets are a boy and a girl. They have pretty good relationships!
 

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1st and second litters....LOL that's funny!<br><br>
My cousins and I grew up together, we even lived together a few times, but not for long, then lived just a couple of houses away...I was always closer with my younger cousin (6.5 years) than her sister who was only two years older than myself. Funny how that is. And, I've thought about that too.<br><br>
Thanks for the stories.<br><br>
My thoughts are tied to my O day/time too!! Hormones... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Ours are 12 and 5. We are planning a third, tentatively. I love the age difference. My dh worries that he is too old. He's 41. I love the idea of having two more myself spaced out the same way. I want to have babies until my body won't anymore.
 
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