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August 7th, 2009, 12:10 AM
TattooedMama's Avatar Mama to Goose, Bean, & #3
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Hey ladies!

My name is Elizabeth, mom to Jacob (22 months) and Lillian (6 months), wife to Jered my super hot firefighter. I REALLY want to have another baby. DH is still on the fence. We planned to conceive DD when DS was 7 months old, BFP ~3 weeks later. I am all about having our kids close together.

I am just wondering how different is 3 than 2. Naturally, I realize that having a 3 y/o, an 18 month old and a newborn will be rough for a while but I need someone, or someones, to me like it is.

Thanks! I am looking forward to getting to know you all.


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August 7th, 2009, 05:20 AM
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Hi There's all kinds of excitement to be had with 3 children so young. It may be entirely different family to family but here's some features from my last six months. This isn't meant to deter AT ALL, just telling it like it is at our place

Right about the time my youngest started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks, my 3yo went through a week of waking from dreams and my 1yo decided she didn't need to sleep ever. There were a number of nights of being up with all 3 of them for various reasons, my daughter being the most difficult to get back to sleep. My oldest had stopped accidentally wetting the bed by that time and we were blessed with an easy going baby so those details were blessings. By the time the older two stopped waking through the night, my baby regressed and started nursing around the clock again. He improved again somewhat but has regressed again with teething. Ignoring the issue of sleep (or lack thereof) - The older 2 are obviously still learning social skills so the days are filled with interventions teaching them both to communicate profitably and to share.

I find it takes a lot of discipline one my part and a I rely entirely upon the grace of God since I am not one given to personal discipline or boat loads of patience and I love sleep far more than my children permit me to indulge. But by God's grace I get to enjoy the delight that comes with such little ones - one of the most intolerable things about 3 children 3 and under is the level of cuteness under one roof. Sometimes, it's just too much to bare - particularly when they're all loving on each other.
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August 7th, 2009, 05:50 AM
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First of all - WELCOME!!!

I had three children under three too. And my boys are 18 months apart. I am glad that my boys are close in age - although a little rough in the beginning, but now they are best buds. It was hard at first because my oldest son (who was 18 months) was a difficult baby, and a terrible toddler! It was hard to keep an eye on him constantly and tend to a newborn. Luckily, my newborn was a wonderfully good baby. I am sure that it will be fine for you too. It all works out somehow. My motto is - sink or swim. What else can you do????

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August 7th, 2009, 07:12 AM
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I didn't find going from 2 to 3 kids that big of a change. It wasn't until baby number 5 that I started to really see a difference.

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August 7th, 2009, 09:47 AM
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Thanks girls! My mom died this past January (exactly 7 months ago today and today is her birthday) so maybe this is hormones or emotions or something but when my mom died I realized how small my family really is. Besides my husband, our children and my in-law family, I have my dad (who was an only child) and my paternal grandmother (who was an only child). My mom has some family who I haven't seen in years and that's it. My husband has 4 aunts and uncles plus spouses and each family has at least two children. Needless to say, my husband grew up with a large closely knit family and I want my kids and grandkids to have that same experience, because I never did. I am crazy to want to get preggo, again, now?

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August 7th, 2009, 12:59 PM
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First of all, sorry about your mom, *hugs*.

Second of all, welcome!

I have two sisters and one brother but my parents were both only children so I understand wanting to make your own large family. It's amazing and I have always been envious of that. I want to make a family large enough to merit a family reunion one day So I certainly don't think you're crazy!

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August 10th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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I don't think you're crazy. I would be delighted to find out I'm pregnant again.
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August 11th, 2009, 01:25 PM
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I have 5 kids ages 5, 4, 3, almost 2, and 5 weeks. So obviously I had them all VERY closely. Although it was crazy sometimes, I LOVE it. They are all playmates, there is always someone to play or snuggle up and watch a movie with. I also have just one brother, don't keep in touch with my dad, and I have my mom still God bless that, but I always think about one day I want my kids to have a ton of family to rely on and spend time with, and feel like they have a huge happy family. Hubby is the oldest of 5 and I think it's great to have so many people to be with. 3 wasn't much different then 2, but 5 DOES feel different then 4...everyone has their opinions but I would say if you want a baby then that's all that counts!

Ashley,doula and busy mom to:
Brianne 11
Colin 10
Kylie 9
Bryson 7
Noah 5

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August 11th, 2009, 02:58 PM
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Sorry about your mom.

Also, welcome.

I had 3 in just over 3 years, and I think you just have to adjust to the stage of life you're in. For me, to keep a handle on it, I just stayed home a lot and to give yourself a lot of time to make your ways out the door. You just do what you have to do, and your kids are only little for so long, it's totally manageable.
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