Hello MN, I used to be a regular but haven't been active for ages as children have got older - youngest is now 5 and just started 2nd year of full time school. DH has been intending to get the snip for years, he has been donating sperm so delayed for a while, and has been genuinely very busy working very hard and supporting us all. He is a great dad. I have also recently started a business in a completely different field to his work, and been reasonably successful, while navigating a very steep learning curve and encountering staffing issues etc. You have probably guessed where the preamble is leading. Despite us both being tired from working hard and having 4 active children, so only DTT occasionally, it now appears that we did it at the wrong time! Is there anyone out there who can reassure me that a 6yr age gap between child 4 and 5 is not a disaster? If it has happened, and the line seems to suggest it... not continuing the pg is not an option for me. DH doesn't yet know as he is away with work currently, and he will be scared.... but supportive Thank you for not telling me we should have been more grown up
Thank you for the positive reply, I was thinking too much about the restraints having a tiny again would pose - not going on rides all together as someone will have to stay with the baby (not that we go on rides very often anyway!) Like the being able to reason with them logic And I've been moaning that I miss having a buggy to put everything under!
I don't have any advice. But wanted to say congratulations! At least your other DC can look after themselves a bit more and I'd imagine them to be very excited and help out with the baby. There's 7 years between me and my DB and I loved it! And now we're grown up we're very close despite the gap.
Thanks buttons lovely way of looking at it - can't decide if youngest will be delighted not to be the baby anymore, or be a complete madam over it! Desperately resisting buggy porn for a few more weeks!
There's a 6 year gap between two of my siblings and the next one and I think the age difference helped when she was growing up as she learned to talk and do things fairly quickly from watching us older children. (Obviously babies develop at their own pace but her vocabulary was pretty big by age 3 and knew the meanings of the words she was using). It's also helped as we've got older as she's got other people to go to for advice (I'm 10 years older than her) so she looks up to me and the others as an example of what to do/not to do. And for us it brings a bit more youthfulness to us which is nice! Congratulations btw!
Ds1 was 7 and dd was 5 when ds2 was born. They absolutely love him and have been fascinated by each stage of his development. (He's 3 next month). They laugh at his logic (or lack of ) when he's having a tantrum, and see the way we work it out (and indeed help!) rather than getting cross themselves.
He too adores them, and some days will ask around 230 if it's time to go pick them up yet.
Thank you ladies for your lovely positive and reassuring responses. I'm mostly leaning more towards excitement than 'what have we done-ness' now, booking in appt next week, then just waiting for a scan and hopefully after that I can be a bit less paranoid about it