I've been thinking lately about what is the perfect space to have between siblings...
In my family, I'm the oldest, and my littlest brother is 11.
He was born a week before I graduated high school.
There are 6 kids in my family, spaced out over 18 years.
It was perfect.
I loved always having a baby in the house.
I was probably the only one in high school who always had a car seat in my car.
It has always been fun to have holidays at my mom's house because there are always kids around.
When I had my own kids, I felt very prepared.
I knew how to take care of a baby was beyond excited to finally have one of my own.
When I got married, I told my husband that 3-4 years was the perfect space.
Well, Saxon and Bridger are 23 months apart.
(I get asked ALL THE TIME if they are twins)
I loved having Saxon.
I loved being a mom.
From the minute he was born, I couldn't wait to have that experience again.
I've never felt closer to heaven than when I hold my newborn baby.
Bridger and Dalton are 25 months apart.
Clearly, my plan was not working for me.
However, as I watch them, I have to say, that they are perfectly spaced.
They are buddies.
They defend each other.
They look out for each other.
They pick on each other.
They always have a friend and someone to play with.
(Saxon forcing Bridger to look in the right direction for the picture)
I think having #3 has made the big boys even closer.
It gives them a distraction.
Bridger gets to learn to share with someone smaller, and Saxon is learning to be more helpful. (This is a work in progress...I hear girls are naturally more helpful...we wouldn't know... :)
And Dalton, of course, basks in the attention of the 2 big boys.
Since my plan didn't go according to plan, I guess they may never remember what it's like to change a diaper or make a bottle, or have a carseat...
but they will know how to be a friend.
They know how to share (well...they will have a lot of practice anyway)
They know how to say "I'm sorry".
They know how to look out for each other.
This summer they are going to play soccer together.
I never regret having them so close because for us, it is perfectly spaced.
I don't disagree with people who want a lot of space either.
I grew up like that, and it was perfect.
So, for as often as I turn the subject over in my mind and try to decide what the "perfect space" would be...I have decided that the perfect space is generally, exactly how it is.