Lately, every time we turn around another friend, acquaintance
(or Facebook connection) is announcing a second pregnancy. In our
playgroup alone five out of the seven families are expecting
another baby with a first child under the age of two.
We definitely know we want to add to our family in the future.
We would be thrilled to give Mia a younger brother or sister some
day, but this second child baby boom is giving us a sense of
urgency and pressure to procreate faster than we expected.
It would appear that there is a growing trend of having two
within two (two children that are two years apart). We think this
has a lot to do with 1.) our peers are having children at an older
age 2.) the desire to have three or more children and 3.) getting
all of the baby and pregnancy stuff out of the way quickly.
We are just getting into our groove as parents of a toddler and
still marveling at the fact that our first pregnancy wasn't that
long ago. Do we really want to jump in again so soon? Can we handle
having two tiny ones at once? Is it fair to Mia to bring another
baby into our family so quickly?
Then there are the other thoughts. We're not getting any
younger. There is never a perfect time to have a baby. Mia could
really enjoy having a sibling close in age. There's nothing wrong
When to have children is definitely a personal choice and every
family must do what's right for their own brood. Just like
everything else in parenthood, we'll figure out what to do soon
Amy and Aaron Galvin live together, run a business together and raise their daughter, Mia, together in River North. Amy also blogs at secondcitymommy.com.
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