K.K. asks from El Segundo, CA on March 09, 2008
9 Month Old and Baby on the Way - Oh My!!
To our surprise, we are pregnant again!! We have a wonderful 9 month old baby, who is just exploring away....and so much fun. We are loving parenthood and while we have talked about having more than one child, were planning on waiting a bit. We found out Friday we are 6 weeks pregnant!!!
While feeling completely blessed, we are both overwhelmed and a little nervous. Anyone else out there have kids close together and can you offer and words of wisdom or encouragement?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So What Happened?™
Thank you thank you thank you for all your support and advice! I feel better already. We are getting excited. I am trying to decide if I a going to quit my job or not now.....or later. :-) Also, did you breastfeed through your second pregnancies?? I want to keep it up for at least a year....
H._. answers from Las Vegas on March 14, 2008
I was begging to ahve another one at 6 months, but was convenced to wait until our son was 9 months. It will be fine. They are best of friends and almost twin like sometimes ( 21/2 and 1 yr old) You can breastfeed, but dont' be surprised if weening startes because your milk will change. I didn't do this, but I know people who did, you can nurse both of your kids even with the age difference.
L.T. answers from Los Angeles on March 10, 2008
CONGRATS!!! We were there... actually still are. We two sons, one just turned three, the middle son is 22 months and we have a beautiful 4 month old baby.
I will be honest with you. Through my experience the transition with the second child was the hardest because our oldest was used to being the only one. As hard as it is.. it gets better and is all worth it when you start to see their bond grow and hear them making eachother giggle in the back seats of the car.
Before the baby came we tried our best to transition our oldest son number one to sleep through the night (I was totally not interested in getting up for two babies) in addition to sleeping in a new toddler bed (The toddler bed thing didn't happen until about 1 month before the baby was going to arrive. at that time he was about 15months) We also transitioned him out of his bottle to a sippy cup. Just know that though you may prepare yourselves and your baby as much as possible, things never go to plan and be forgiving otherwise you will be adding more stress on your plate to an already stressful situation. Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time in the end it is all well worth it.
Good LUck to the three of you!
S.W. answers from Visalia on March 10, 2008
I am a mother of 3. My 2 oldest are 17 months apart and believe me we didnt plan it! they are now almost 14 and 12.5. It really wasnt that bad. My daughter wasnt old enough to be jealous of her new little brother and has always been motherly and proud of him. You will be fine. You just do what you have to do and take care of your family. There were a lot of diapers for a while. And the phase when the oldest was potty training and the younger one wanted to put everything in the toilet. Or the fact that my oldest didnt walk until the little one was a couple months old but you will survive and so will they. My kids are now in middle school and have stayed close. It has been good for them. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on March 10, 2008
I breastfed through most of my second pregnancy, nurse as long as you can!
Congrats on your pregnancy!
L.W. answers from Los Angeles on March 10, 2008
Kiki, I have a 7 month old (tomorrow), and I just found out Saturday that I'm pregnant, probably about 7 weeks along! So, I wish I had advice, but I don't. But, I RELATE to the mix of emotions and overwhelmed and nervousness and joy and all the rest... We, too, TALKED about having more, but were in no way shape or form planning to have one so soon. I feel like I'm very content with my little girl, and we have our hands full as is. So, let's keep in touch as we're sure to relate as time goes on...
Oh my is right!