"This can't be right," I said as I stared at the pregnancy test with a positive reading, the third test with these results. A surreal feeling came over me as my eyes went from my six month old son to the pregnancy test, and back to my baby. Realizing that I would have another one of these small humans in nine months was a sobering moment, and for the first few hazy days, I couldn't seem to understand the benefits to having two kids close in age.
After about a week, the fog lifted and I started to see how great life could be — for me and the kids — to have siblings that are only 15 months apart. Sure, the day-to-day was going to be challenging for a while, but there's always an adjustment period when family dynamics change. The best part though was realizing my first son would be young enough that he would never remember life without his bro, and I thought that was a pretty awesome thing for my kids to experience.
Deciding how much space to put between your kids is a personal choice, and everyone has a different formula. Having two kids close in age worked for me because of these nine things that made family life even sweeter.