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I recently joined the Wanting but Waiting to TTC board.
Personally, I would only consider a second child with a large age gap to my fristborn. My daughter recently turned 3 and I still am not ready. I beleive in 4,5,6 year age gaps but feel it is definitely the minority.
Personally, I beleive a child should have as much mom/dad time as possible. I do not comprehend why people rush and I do not beleive just because siblings are closely spaced it makes them close.
I had a very hard pregnancy, my daughter was a very difficult baby and I just love this time with the 3 of us.
I'm Kathie and I'm currently pregnant with number 2, our dd is 8 years old, so a pretty good gap. In our case, the gap is due to secondary infertility, we would have preferred to have our kids closer in age.
Now that this is our reality though, I can really see the benefits you are talking about, Mia got to have us all to herself for 8 years, and the baby will get to be at home without his sister for most of the day until he goes to school. I am convinced that will have a positive influence on him. Also, as far as the pregnancy goes, I can rest a lot when Mia is in school, which would be hard to do with a toddler running around...