So last night, watching Jon & Kate plus 8, I started to think what I normally think every Monday at 9pm (when the new episodes come on).
Hmmmm... I wonder when we should have another baby.
See, when I watch Jon and Kate with all their little kids, I think - Hey, I can handle two.
So Joel and I talked (again) as we often do, every few weeks, about when we should have another one. Joel and his brother are very close in age, and he loved growing up with a buddy. My brother and I are 9 years apart, and that was great, too, because I loved helping out when he was a newborn. Obviously there is no right-or-wrong way to go about this... I'm just thinking out loud.
As far as feeling "ready" for another baby, well, I go back and forth. I remember the struggles I faced right after I had Olivia. It was so hard! I cried so much. I was petrified that it was my responsibility to keep this little thing alive. The sleep deprivation, the hormones, the depression at first was overwhelming. BUT eventually it got easier. We got through it. And it's so great now. And who's to say I will have that same experience again? My guess is I'll handle it better the second time around.
Then, I think, everything has just gotten so calm in our lives...do I really want to rock the boat? Olivia is finally sleeping through the night consistently - and it's heavenly. I'm rested and refreshed each day, and so is she. We've got our little routine down when we go anywhere - and everything just seems.... easy. A new baby would mean starting all over again!
Oh...and then theres the 9 months of pregnancy. That was a loooong ride. I was exhausted and so sick at first. Am I ready to do that all again? And this time with a toddler running around? I know there are people that do it - I just don't know if I'm ready. Am I?
How did you know when you were ready for baby #2?