For those of you who might wonder after reading the title of this post, no, I'm not pregnant again. Yet (*smile and wink*). But you never know how soon it might happen, right?! People often talk about the difficulties and challenges (very real, I know) of having two babies close together, but rarely about the blessings of it.
I don't want to sound like I'm dismissing the difficulties of those who have several young children, as I certainly don't know anything about it yet because I just have one baby for now - I can only imagine. But I refuse to believe it would be as terrible as some tell me. After all, before Shira was born people told me about all the horrors I would experience in the first months of motherhood, and I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out what they meant. There are difficulties, adjustments, yes, but it's all a part of life and the joys are so much more obvious.
I'm being entirely honest here, without trying to gloss things over. Yes, we have our share of sleep deprivation and trying to cook dinner with a fussy, crying baby in the background (as well as times of no dinner at all) but we are so happy, and treasure each day with our little sweetheart.
And so I remembered a wonderful comment one of my visitors, Mrs. R, left not long ago here on the blog, and decided to dig it up for all of us to enjoy all over again.
"Blessings of very closely spaced children (not by any means an exhaustive list!):
1) those children will likely have a very close relationship
2) they will both grow into your helpers nearly at the same time
3) their training will be fairly similar, not exact of course, but very similar due to their closeness in age
4) your organizing skills will be honed
5) many times the training that you would have waited to start will be started in the first child out of necessity, thereby teaching that child to work (and we are to work 6 days!!). Many times children are capable of doing muchmore than we parents think they are able to!
6) you & your husband will be put to the test in training obedience from #1 sooner than many parents think that training should be started, resulting in a well trained, obedient child who will be a blessing to her mother and father. I liken it to getting to the essentials EARLY!
7) your creative skills will be stratched and honed in finding ways to keep #1 creatively busy while you are unavailable with #2
8) your trust in the Lord will increase as you rely on His provision for your time, sleep, health, etc.
9) your love for your husband will increase, just as it did when little Shira was born
10) (for levity) just think of how much good use you will actually get out of all those nearly new newborn things!!"
Don't you just love this list? I know I do. If we're blessed with another child soon, I will surely want to keep this within easy reach.