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March 31st, 2011, 03:53 PM
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I didn't think DH would agree to it, but he says he is seriously considering us trying for #5. So I'm wondering how it was to go from 4 to 5? My oldest son was 21 months when I went from 1 to 3 with the birth of my twins. That wasn't too hard for me. But now, we have a 7 year old and three 5 year olds. I feel like we have a pretty good routine down. I'd just like to here from people who have BTDT. Thanks!
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Quinn - 10
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March 31st, 2011, 04:14 PM
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My 5th was not a very easy baby for her first 4 months, but after that I don't think 4 is hardly any different than 5.
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March 31st, 2011, 05:06 PM
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My 5th wasn't an easy baby either and it was a rough first year with her. She had some health issues that contributed though. Going from 2 to 3 was the worst for me though and I think that was only because it was the first time I ever had babies 18 months apart.
Becky, Wife to Dan and Momma to
Danny (15), Andrew (9), Lizzie (8), Matthew and Sarah
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March 31st, 2011, 05:18 PM
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I guess I lucked out. My 5th was a pretty easy baby and the transition went really well.
One thing I've learned thru my experience. It is easier to have 5 kids than it was to be pregnant and have 4 kids (especially in the 3rd trimester). I'm hoping the same goes with this one.
Cortney...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R

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March 31st, 2011, 05:33 PM
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My 5th wasn't a good sleeper until she was about 14mo. Other than that it was pretty much the same as 4, just one more head to count.
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March 31st, 2011, 10:27 PM
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I have three two year olds this week, and #5 is due this August-the oldest will turn 5 in October. I'm not anticipating much upheaval in our lives, really. Our schedule won't change much, and baby will adapt I'm sure--I think this will be our easiest transition yet

Lucky mother to five!

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April 1st, 2011, 07:47 AM
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Probably one of my easiest.
When you're used to having 4 little ones anyhow, number 5 just kind of slots in.
When I first had my number 5, my oldest was about to be 6, so I had 5 under age 6. I think that year the hardest was summer, but we survived.

The hardest transition for me honestly was from 1 to 2. After that, everything just kind of fell into place.
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April 1st, 2011, 10:08 AM
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I honestly don't remember, so it couldn't have been to bad

Good luck!
Jesus loving, homeschooling, gardening lover, devoted wife to a wonderful hubby and 10 kids, ages 13 down to 12.5 months . We are expecting number 11 due January 1st, 2015.

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April 2nd, 2011, 08:11 PM
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well I only have 4 kids but my kids were 6 and 5 when we had #3 and after having kids 14 months apart having the larger age gap was WONDERFUL!!!
The bigger kids were old enough to be helpful but young enough to enjoy playing with a sibling. My girls are 10 and 4 now and will play barbies together or whatever, they get along great.

Good luck!!!!

Actually my DH has been making comments about another one but I've had my tubes tied so definitely no TTC here. But I think he's kind of hoping we'll be that 1 couple in 1000 whose tubal fails. Me not so much haha.

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April 3rd, 2011, 07:05 PM
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Not much different than going from 3-4. Having older kids really helps out. Having my first 5 close in age made it hard just because they were all so young. My oldest is now 11 and I see her really being a big help.

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April 4th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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I also think 2-3 was the 'worst'. #5 has quite the attitude NOW, but she was a very sweet baby It might have been different for me though because she was the first one that I got to stay home with permanently. I became a sahm RIGHT before she was born. She was also the 1st one that I breastfed.

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April 4th, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Our 5th was a dream baby and is still easy going even at 2. It was a very easy transition
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)

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April 5th, 2011, 09:27 PM
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Our #5 was and still is very easy going. The pg was great and once we came home, he fit right in with the rest of the kids. My hardest was going from 1 to 3 kids. My oldest was barely 2yo and I was pg with twins, on bedrest then had to be in the hospital until delivery. I barely remember their first year so, it was pretty hard. But #5 was a breeze! Good luck, I hope the best for you!
Kim, homeschooling mommy to 6 awsome kiddos!

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