Are You Ready For Another Baby?

I think the questions started last time when my first daughter turned 9 months. “She’s almost walking now. Are you ready for another one?” or”When is she going to get a brother?” Most parents are insulted by such questions, and I was too. Well, kind of. When my first turned one, I too, began wondering. “Hmm. Am I ready for another baby?” I said this while kind of hoping for another baby. I wanted to have all of my children in a short time frame. All five of them. I wanted my first daughter to have a friend, and I wanted to get back into the whole being a parent of a newborn sooner rather than later, lest I forget.

A cupcake from my second daughter’s first birthday which happened just weeks ago.

But then I got pregnant. When my second daughter was born, my first daughter wasn’t yet two.  This sounds insane, and it was…in the beginning. But then it got easier around six months postpartum. Now, with a two year old and one year old, my life is hard.

Or, wait, that’s a lie.

In truth, my life feels easy.

I know.

Throw your shoes at me now. But, it’s true.

I do have my “OMG-this-feels-impossible” moments, but for the most part, because my two girls are so close, my life feels easier now than it did when I had just one kid. I chalk this up to experience, yes, and the fact that now my first daughter has someone almost her size who enjoys throwing things on the floor.

So, now that I am where I was almost two years ago, I’ve started getting the questions again, questions about whether I’m ready for another baby. This time, unlike last time, I am really not ready for another baby. I mean sure having three kids in three years would be a feat, but it’s not a feat I want to add to my roster at this point. So for now, my answer is “Not yet. But maybe soon. Maybe.”

How do you answer the question, “Are you ready for another baby?” How did you know when the “right” time was to add another baby to your family?

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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Lafleche Malboeuf
I always wanted my kids close in age to be able to play with eachother and be best friends! When my first daughter was 18 months i got pregnant with my second, another girl! They’re 27 months apart. That time came again when my second was 18 months…i got pregnant but miscarried! 🙁 as soon as i was able to, i got pregnant again and just had a third girl in September. She’s almost 2 and a half years with my second daughtet! It’s been tough, especially with my oldest who is almost 5, being in kindergarten. It’s an adjustment… Read more »
Laura B.

I hope I’m ready for another baby, I’m due to have my second daughter in less than 4 weeks! My oldest, a boy, is two-and-a-half. My second, a girl, just turned one in September. This girl is due at the end of the month, so I know how you feel.
I know when “it’s time” when I get pregnant again… my husband and I are not planning on ever using birth control; the result is 3 kids in a little over 3 years of marriage. Yup, we’re those “crazy” people who will probably end up with 20 kids.