Hi ladies. Well DS1 will be 3 years, two months when LO comes, so close enough. Anyway, we are sending little announcements (our family is growing by two feet with pics of our sandals on sand) to Family the end of the week (a couple of very close friends next week). I'm really excited about telling everyone. We told everyone right away with both of my boys. For some reason, I'm a little nervous though. I catch myself thinking of explanations, like we wanted them close in age, etc. Why the heck am I doing that?! Anyone else ever feel this way?
Re: Reactions to 3 u 3 or similar gap?
Babywinks: I love your responses. I've had fun coming up with my own for our 2u2, and now that we are ttc 3u3 I know that I'll have to get even more creative.
No matter what people do in life, they are always going to have other people who want justifications. For some reason the very personal decisions regarding family planning tend to get abundant commentary. My sister has to explain why she has such big gaps between her children. Some have to explain only having one or having a large family. My only advice is to be confident in the choices you have made for your family and ignore any naysayers. Congrats on #3!
Sorry to be the "negative" response here.. but, at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter at all. Having babies close together isn't for everyone. It is what works for us. I do acknowledge that my families "not so pleasant" responses were mostly out of concern (are you sure that's not too much for you, can your body handle another baby so soon, etc), but it still caught me by surprise that instead of getting congratulations, I got.. crickets and some shocked expressions.. they're coming around though ;-) I think people can't help but put themselves in your position.. and, a lot of people can't imagine the thought of having 2 so close in age, let alone 3!!
In the end.. I hope you get absolutely positive responses.. but, if not.. (or even if you get just one not so happy response!) don't let it rain on your parade Having babies close together is amazing.. it's challenging and requires organization and multi-tasking abilities, but it's so very worth it!! Congratulations to you!!