Having Another Child

"When I finally got pregnant with my second child, I was worried that the age difference was too great (three-and-a-half years). How wrong I was! My daughter was old enough to do some tasks on her own, and to occupy herself when I couldn't, but better than just the convenience of that was she was more mature. She could verbalize her needs, and share her feelings. And she didn't feel 'replaced' by the baby because she was a 'big girl.' Now they are six and two, and I still feel the age difference is perfect. Both find the other interesting and enjoy each other. They also don't always have to do what the other is doing because they aren't so close in age. If I could do it again, I'd do it the same!"

"My oldest son was three years and 10 months when my (second) son was born. To me, this was perfect. My oldest started daycare when he was four years old and one month, and became a very independent person, but at the same time he was young enough to want to "play" with the baby. Now four and eight years old, they have several things in common and play with each other. For me, this was perfect, but I am sure every parent has their reasoning for the spacing of their children. As long as you are happy, nothing else really matters."

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