Is anyone else pregnant with a 9 month old?

Tania - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hi, have a 9 month old son and am 6 weeks pregnant, I was wondering if anyone else is in this situation? I have two older children that were 5 years apart and the younger two will be 18 months apart. I am not sure how full on this is going to be - I can only imagine lol Would be great to get some advice on having two close in age. Thanks :-)

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Jess - posted on 11/18/2009

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I have a 5 year old girl, 3 year old boy, 2 year old boy and 10 month old girl and I am almost 12 weeks pregnant with # 5. It is not that scary, honestly! I coordinate my little ones to sleep at the same time and the ones that are older can have some quiet time at the same time which I spend either napping or online. The little ones adore or ignore the babies. The most challenging thing is stopping them "share" toys by hurling them into the cot!!!

I spend a lot of time during my pregnancies preparing for having a newborn. This means teaching the kids to obey first time when they are called, creating a childproofish area where I can sit and feed a new baby. Reading to them a lot so they learn to sit quietly with Mum is also a big thing. People make a fuss about the work, but honestly it isn't as bad as everyone makes out. If you have a bad day, start over, learn from it and make the next one a little better!

I also try and have a system for laundry etc. so that can keep ticking over - for example, I put a load on as I go to bed each night, set the timer for the morning then "reboot" in the morning. That gives me two loads at LEAST first thing, which, if you have only two kids, may be enough! If I am using a dryer (which I have to when it is raining) I put them straight through and have a folding time after lunch, if I am hanging it outside we go out just after breakfast then go outside again just after our afternoon rest time and fold it straight off the line. The kids love having outside time and it gets it done.

Make breakfast the night before if it suits you and acquaint yourself with your crock pot so you can prepare dinner ahead if you get a moment in the morning. If everyone is fed and clothed, then anything else is bonus. Sort out all the toys and have them so only a few are available at a time and teach your little one to help clean up - make up a silly song to clean up to or something and it is amazing how much they love it! Even a six month old can chew on a block then slowly drop it in the box. If anyone offers to help, DON'T hand them the baby unless you want a break, hand them the vacuum cleaner or iron. It sorts the genuine from the baby snatchers.

My house looks like a bomb has hit at the moment so I really feel a bit silly giving the advice here (we are mid renovations if it is any excuse!) but honestly, just ENJOY your children! They are little for such a short time. Don't spend all your pregnancy freaking out, you only get to be pregnant with this baby once!

Dorian - posted on 11/15/2009

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hi... im not in that situation at the time but i have been in that situation. my second baby is 9 months now but my oldest was 3 months old and i was 3 weeks pregnant!! they are now 22 months and 9 months, they are 361 days apart. at first i thought that with them being so close i was going to die but its actually a lot easier,, they both have somebody to play with and they are starting to wear the same size diapers which is easier on my budget. its a struggle at first but in the end i believe its a blessing.

Kimberly - posted on 11/27/2009

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My girls are 17 months apart and my youngest just turned 10 months. It is definitely an adjustment and those 1st couple months are rough, especially depending how much/little your husband helps out. My best advice is to involve your oldest as much as possible, it will help with the transition and make him not feel so left out. Anything from helping hold a bottle, getting a diaper, throwing something in the trash, giving baby a bath.. anything and everything. Also make sure to spend plenty of time with your oldest just the two of you (and also him and daddy), during naps is a good time to get in some bonding time with your oldest. Once they are older you will should do the same with your baby. Sometimes I have my husband take one of our girls and do something and I take the other and do something different, they love the alone time with mommy and daddy and it keeps them from feeling so jealous of baby brother/sister.



It does get easier, I'm not going to say its easy at 1st but once you get things down and into a routine, its much easier.. Hang in there and congrats :)

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have 9 month old identical twin boys, and am currently 5wks +1 preggers! I am excited, though I know it's going to be really hard to have a newborn with two 18 month old boys! I also have a 12 year old daughter, and she's a big help, but will be gone for most of the summer to California and maybe to Florida with family. I don't know what I'm going to do without her! The best part of this is that I'll never get out of the diaper mode.....just keep on going! lol

Good luck to you!

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Shaina - posted on 11/21/2009

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I always get pregnant when I have a 9 month old. No, that isn't sarcasm. When my oldest was 8 month old I got pregnant. Then the next was 10 months old. Now my third baby is 9 months old and I'm pregnant again. It's not so bad once you get used to it. The first few weeks going from 1 to 2 are jarring, but you get used to it and then you forget what it was like to have only 1.

Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I have a ten month old and im 32 weeks pregnant. I am not sure how this is going to go either since i do not have any other children! If you receive any advice or have anything to share please let me know.

Stef - posted on 11/14/2009

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Hi there. I know how you're feeling right now, I have a 10 mnth old and am 23 weeks preg with #2 (14 mnths apart) I'm nervous aswell, but as I figure it, if you are going to have more than one child under the age of 4 its gonna be tough! I love the idea of them being so close in age. My sister has two kids that are 15 mnths apart and she feels very blessed with the relationship they have. Kids are tough but we'll be ok! Just a huge test in patience and acceptance....oh and organisation!! All the best, you will do a wonderful job.

Tania - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I have 9 month old identical twin boys, and am currently 5wks +1 preggers! I am excited, though I know it's going to be really hard to have a newborn with two 18 month old boys! I also have a 12 year old daughter, and she's a big help, but will be gone for most of the summer to California and maybe to Florida with family. I don't know what I'm going to do without her! The best part of this is that I'll never get out of the diaper mode.....just keep on going! lol
Good luck to you!



WOW! That will keep you busy lol I wish you all the best with your new baby and family, i take my hat off to you raising twins, a teenager and soon a newborn. Good luck to you and your family :-)

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hey Tania,

I had a 9months old son and then found out I was pregnant. It was the best thing ever. They are really close. I wouldn't change it for the world. My second baby is 9 months and we are thinking about #3.

Tania - posted on 11/10/2009

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Thankyou all so much for your support and honesty, I am excited and nervous but am sure I will be just fine, I have a very supportive partner and family so will take their help when needed! I will definately be posting more questions as time goes by lol

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Heather:

yes i have a 9mth old and 32wks pregnant.I have been told they are going to be so close and its going to be hard. I keep getting told its like having twins. I am scared to death on how it going to be.



Heather,



Don't get discouraged!  I have twins, and it's not as hard as you would think.  You'll get into the swing of things in short order!  Just try to be patient, and accept help when it's offered!  And don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it! 



Good luck with your "Irish twins"!



 



 

La - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a 9.5month old and am 6 weeks pregnant with my second...I am very nervous about having two under two.

Heather - posted on 11/09/2009

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yes i have a 9mth old and 32wks pregnant.I have been told they are going to be so close and its going to be hard. I keep getting told its like having twins. I am scared to death on how it going to be.

Melanie - posted on 11/08/2009

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I was in the same boat! I have 2 older children that are 5 yrs apart and then came my now 2 yr old 9 yrs later! Then when my son Devon (now 2) was 10 months old I was pregnant again, and though excited I was rather nervous. It was hard near the end of my pregnancy because my toddler still wanted to be carried around and bending over to pick up after him was no picnic. Then my son Gabe was born when Devon was 19 months old. It was hard in the beginning, but now they are so cute together and they love each other so much it is all worth it! Best advice is asap, get them to take their afternoon naps at the same time so you can nap too! You will need it! And learn to be patient w/ yourself (this took me a while), because you aren't superwoman and can't do everything. And lastly, enjoy them! I am looking forward to watching them play together in the backyard in years to come...

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2009

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Mine are exactly 18 months apart. It is hard, I won't say it's easy. But the one thing I love is that they are so close, and hopefully always personally very close. The most important thing is keeping a schedule for your older child. You can eventually have them on the same schedule as well. That will be very important for your sanity, and your household. Message me anytime you need, the next 8 months are important to getting your child ready for this. My daughter that is older needs constant help in friendly sibling rivalry, and in learning to love gently. I am here if you need me! Amanda

Kristy - posted on 11/08/2009

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hi tania

i was pregnant with my 2nd when my 1st daughter was 7mnths old. they are 16mnths apart. I didnt enjoy my pgncy the 2nd time round only because i was chasing after the other one most of the time and i didnt really have that much time to.

Now my oldest has just turned 2 and my youngest is 9mnths old. Its hard work but i wouldnt change it for the world. I only find putting them to sleep a little difficult but only if hubby wasnt home. Routine is definately the key for me, if i didnt have one id probably have gone insane! goodluck with everything!

Harley - posted on 11/08/2009

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hi.. well i am in a very similar situation... ive got a 10 month year old the onli thing is he was a prem so really he is at the age of 7 months and i am now currently 8 months pregs!!!...ive got no other children but however my two lil boys will be the same age for atleast a month... ive got alot of support buh i am only a young mother and i am stressing on how hard this will be but ive had a lot of suggestions and help... knowing that newborns eat and sleep and thn it gives u time to tend to the other children.. i think routine and organisation is the key for atleast the first few months!!!... im definatly am goin to struggle with that lol... buh dont stress atleast ur 9 month year old will be walking and will be able to be playing with your other children so u have time to manage the new born... hope that eases ur ming a little!!! good luck!! xo

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