Jump to content

am i crazy?!
wanting another baby already..


  • Please log in to reply
54 replies to this topic

#1 keepnthafaith

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

Soo....DS is 8 months and i badly want just 1 more, like now!!! (if im not already that is!)

Anyone else have babies this close? was it really hard?



#2 Kwyjibo

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

My idea of a nightmare.

So yes, you are crazy  biggrin.gif

#3 bikingbubs

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

I dont think you are crrazy (see my sig!) It was around 8 months we started talking about it, and when DS was 10 months old I was pregnant original.gif
It was hard work being pregnant second time around with a toddler in full swing, but I think every age gap has its pros and cons...its about figuring out what is right for your little family original.gif



#4 Chelli

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

I had a surprise pregnancy when my DD was about that age, so there is a relatively small age gap between two of my DDs. Yes it was hard as I also had an older child who was at school so sleep time was a challenge during the day. They are the best of friends though and always have been. They are a year apart at school so it can be tricky sometimes if one is in a composite class for example and start wanting to hang out with kids in the class who are her elder/younger sister's friends. Things like that I didn't think of before. It hasn't been too much of an issue though, but if they were more competitive then there would be arguments I'm sure.

I wanted a reasonably small age gap between my first two children, but ended up with unexplained secondary infertility, so that is something else to consider. It took two years of TTC to meet DD3, which is why number three was a surprise, lol.

#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

2 of mine are 13 months apart, I fell pg(unplanned) when dd was 4 months old - crazy, absolutely crazy.  I wouldn't recommend it, I really didn't get to enjoy each of them as I would have liked because the workload was relentless.
In hindsight it would have been much nicer if dd was at kindy then I had ds and it we would have had some time just him and I.

#6 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

I wanted another baby since DS was 6 weeks old and we started trying for number 2 when he was 5 and a bit months old. Unfortunately due to breastfeeding it took 6 months to conceive number 2, and all going well there will be a 21 month gap between them.

We would have preferred to have them closer in age but it wasn't in our control.

I don't think you're crazy original.gif

#7 Honeycowz

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

If your really sure thats what you want then go for it. I won't lie to you though. It is HARD...REALLY HARD. DS was 6 month old when I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant. The first year was all a blur. I don't remember much but now it is fantastic. DS is 4 and DD is 3 and they are inseperable. Yes, they have their little tiffs and squabbles but they are always short lived. They entertain each other and lve doing everything together. So yes the first year o two was hard, and I didn't enjooy much of it, but now it is fantastic and I wouldn't change it.



#8 us plus two

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

My girls are 17 months apart, so dd1 was 8 months when I fell pregnant. Dd2 was planned, although we had started trying a few months before that, I got pregnant but unfortunately I had a mc. You're not crazy! It was hard at the start, but gets so much easier (well in my experience it does). I think you just learn to manage and make it work.

#9 lozoodle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

DD1 was about 8 months old when I got super clucky and wanted another, though held off trying for a while.

DD2 was around that age too.

I think they are just super cute and easy at that age that you go "awwwwww, another one!"

#10 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

As someone with two very close together; yes, you are crazy! I might change my mind in a few years but I'm finding it hard. Real hard.

#11 Roobear

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

I have 18 months between my two and I love it original.gif

Some days are difficult but most are great, wouldn't change it for anything.

#12 Quack Quack

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

I have 16 months between my oldest 2 ( who are now 18 & 17)  It was crazy at the time, for me! the two boys are the best of mates and always have been.

For me... it felt like almost having twins, but worse!  I had one going out of each stage as the next was just coming into it.  That said though, it was really only that crazy until the youngest was about 18 months old, then it was fine.
I'm not sorry I had them that close as it has turned out well for each of them, Although I have a brother who is only 18 months older than me and it wasn't easy.  We hated each other most of our childhoods... and now we barely speak.  Just nothing in common and no common ground to bond over.  
so I guess its more or less the luck of the draw wink.gif

#13 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

I fell pregnant with DS was 8 months. Should be interesting to see how it goes! It was planned as we simply don't have age on our side and we want 3 children.

#14 JustBeige

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

Nope dont think you are crazy. I purposely only have 14mths between mine.   It was a bit harder when both were still babies, but it didnt last long.

So I say, if it suits your family set up, then why not!. original.gif

#15 Oriental lily

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

I started ttc my third when my second was 10months old. It took five months to get pregnant and she was born six days before my second turned two.


I should of waited longer.

I would never do the toddler baby combo again. Horrible, stressful.

I had a five year gap between my first and second and that was great. Loved it.


DH s now begging for a fourth child and my youngest is now two. I will wait another two years before even considering it.

By then my age (I will be 38) might be the deciding factor.

But if you have time on your side I would recommend waiting for at least another year.

But this is just my experience. Many people have kids close together and are fine with it.


#16 The3Monkeys

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

yep, I think you are. I have an 18 month gap and with hindsight it was too soon. I developed PND though, so felt very overwhelmed. I did go on to have # 3 though......4.5 yrs after # 2 mind you.

Looking back, if i was thinking straight I propbably should have waited a bit longer and spent more time with the baby I already had.

In saying that, its only my experience, its personal, and no two people are the same. What you should do can only be decided by you and hubby! I do certainly understand the clucky feelings!

My eldest 2 are now 6 and 7 and I still find it hard!

#17 Bel Rowley

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

For me, you are crazy, but I realise things work differently for different families. Both of my babies were such hard work, DD was almost a year old before I could cope with the thought of another. Now DS is 20 months old and despite having always wanted 3 kids I'm not sure I could handle it. It's only in the last couple of months that I've felt the slightest bit clucky again.

#18 Natttmumm

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

We started to TTC number 2 when DD1 was about 9 months or so. They are 22 months apart as it took a couple of months.

The negative parts were - DD1 did not get to be a baby for long - I only see that now when I look back. she had to grow up a bit quicker than DD2 has. Not much sleep - both had their days of being awake. When they were sick together it was really hard. Mine are now 3 and 5 and there is alot of competition between them and they do fight.

Good parts - by the time DD2 was 1 - they sort of had the same routine eating and sleeping and still do. They play together and enjoy the same things. things are eaier now and the baby stage would be over - except number 3 is on its way soon.

Thats my 2 cents worth

#19 ~Peaches~

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

I don't think you're crazy original.gif I was really clucky after DD1 was born, and we decided we would like to have our kids close together. It took us a year (and a m/c) to fall pregnant with DD1, so we definitely didn't think it would happen anytime soon for us. By total surprise, I fell pregnant when DD1 was only 6 months old, she was still fully breastfed and I hadn't even had my cycle return yet huh.gif So I was completely surprised to find out I was pregnant lol.

DD2 was born the day before DD1 turned 15 months. It was really hard work in the beginning, but I contributed most of that to DD2 being SUCH a difficult baby. She would have been difficult no matter what the age gap (she screamed all day long and never slept), but having a 15 month old to look after too was tough. And I often felt guilty that I couldn't give either of my girls my full attention, it was just really hard there for months.
BUT now DD2 is 18 months old and isn't quite so difficult, and I can see how well they get along and how much they love each other, it was all worth it to me wub.gif They would be lost without each other now, and are the best of friends, they just want to do everything together! It completely melts my heart seeing how much they adore one another. So to me, all the hard times in the beginning were worth it. I definitely wouldn't choose a 15 months gap again lol, but 18 months+ seemed more manageable to me. We're planning on a 2.5 year gap next time, so it will be interesting to see if it's as crazy or not lol.
So as long as you're prepared that your next baby could be completely different to your first (I wasn't at all, I just assumed I'd have another really 'easy' baby, I was so wrong!), and that it's more than likely going to be busy and hectic and difficult in the beginning, then I'd consider it original.gif

You'll know what works best for your little family, I'm definitely not one that could have a 5+ year gap, as much as I can see the benefits of that, I've just always wanted my children close and to grow up together, so it suits our family this way original.gif Good luck OP x

#20 IBakeBoys

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:24 PM

I think it depends on how many you want, I love that sort of age gap, but ended up having 4 (all quite close - see sig!) and if I had a do over I probably would have spread the gaps out to closer to 2 years I think? But when I had just the first two, I loved it original.gif

And it is good now, just very busy and hard work, and I think DS1 has had to grow up a bit faster than he otherwise would have due to me always having been pregnant or breastfeeding.

#21 liveworkplay

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:29 PM

Yes, yes you are.

#22 InsertAwesomeHere

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

I'm nearly 23 wks pregnant and DS3 is 10.5 months old.

#23 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

Completely crackers.

#24 angelinaballerina

Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

I wanted to start TTC our next one when our DD was about 3 weeks. We have been blessed with a really easy going placid baby.

In reality we are waiting until she is 5 months old because I don't want morning sickness over summer when we have holidays and concerts planned.

#25 Walkers

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

No I dont think you are crazy.I have a 13 month gap between 2 of my girls, they are now aged 8 & 9 and are best buddies. They were easy babies and I don't remember it being too difficult.My little two have 15 months between them and the first year wasn't easy due to the youngest being a horrid sleeper. He is now 18 months and things are getting much easier.

Edited by FoxyRetro*Gal, 16 November 2012 - 03:06 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.