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8 Positive Things About Having Irish Twins

When people first hear that you are going to have babies back-to-back, the look they give you is not generally the same excitement they portrayed when they found out you were expecting the first time. This time it resembles shock - or even fear. So, not only are you quite terrified to have another baby, while you still have a baby, those feelings are then confirmed by everyone around you simply by their faces.

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

I’m here to tell you. It isn’t that bad! Dare I even say - it is pretty awesome! Sure there are moments of What was I thinking?, I can’t do this!, and Will they just chill out for 2.5 seconds?! But I’m pretty sure every mom goes through that, no matter how many children she has or how close or far apart they are.

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

My husband and I have been able to get through the challenging parts of two children under the age of two by trying our hardest to look on the bright side. 

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

{Now we don't technically have Irish Twins. They are 14 months and 1 day a part, making them almost Irish Twins. But I like to stick myself in this category considering I still had a baby at home when I brought my new baby home.}

  1. They have a built in BFF! Now, they might not always be the best of buds, but they will always have someone to play with, if they want it.
  2. You likely still have all that baby gear. Swing? Check! Baby bathtub? Check! Bouncer? Check! 
  3. The oldest one’s toys won’t be a choking hazard for the younger one. The tee-tiny Legos haven’t entered the house yet (assuming you don’t have any older kids). Also, when it is time to baby proof the house - guess what? It will already be done!
  4. They will be able to do the same things when you go on outings or vacations! Hear me out - going to Disney World? Likely they are similar in height, so no one will be left out of a ride.
  5. They might be on the same team or clubs, depending on their interests. Which means less time running around town like a mad women.
  6. They might be in the same grade. It is completely possible that depending on their personal developments and how the calendar year falls that they will be in the same grade. Which means you can hit up the same PTA meetings. Woot, woot!
  7. You might be able to potty train them at the same time. Obviously it depends on the kiddos, but it is completely possible that they will be ready around the same time. So instead of making yourself go crazy twice. You can just be double crazy once! That sounds good, right? 😬
  8. You kind of know what you are doing. Things are so fresh on your brain, that you will know what to do when certain situations arise. Now, that doesn’t always work because all babies are different, but you will feel confident with some things!

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I’m a firm believer in making the best of the situation. Now, I’m not always good at it. Far from it. But being able to focus in on the positives is definitely a much more enjoyable way to live my life.

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

And seriously, the bond my two girls share is one of the most amazing things to witness. They are currently 21 months and 7 months, and they are already so close. Now, they like to steal each other’s toys and pacifiers at home and are super jealous when one gets more attention, but it is amazing to see how they pine for each other when one isn’t in the room. Or how my oldest will run around looking for our youngest when she wakes up from her nap. It truly is an absolute blessing! And extremely exhausting.

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

Sincere Thoughts: Irish Twins (Sincere Elephant)

 

Your Turn -

How far apart are your kiddos? What is a positive that you have found about their age gap?

Only have one child and don’t plan on having more? What do you like best about having one kiddo at home?

Only have one child but plan on having more? What would be your ideal age gap and why?

 

 


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