i don't know about you, but i can't wait to have another baby! my pregnancy was really not bad at all, and my labor and delivery were great as well. i loved the hospital i gave birth in, i loved my doctor, all the nurses were exceptional, and meeting the tiny little guy that had been doing somersaults in my stomach for nine months was without a doubt the most awesome thing that's ever happened to me. thinking about going into labor again, and hanging out in the hospital anxiously awaiting the arrival of a sweet little baby that will change my life forever makes me giddy! but there are a few things that are keeping me from getting pregnant again right away...
first, i want jude to be at least a year old. no particular reasoning behind this. i just wanted at least one solid year to enjoy just jude.
secondly, i want to be done nursing jude before i get pregnant again. i wanted to nurse for at least a year (only one more month to go!) before i started weening him. and if i had gotten pregnant before that, then i would have to stop nursing. also, i just want a break from nursing (don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of nursing, but sometimes it is exhausting!)
third, i will get a full night's sleep before the next baby comes! it has been almost a year since i've had a good night's sleep. like, literally, i've gotten no more than four hours (at the most) solid sleep in the past twelve months. jude still wakes up three to four times (sometimes more) every. single. night. if i'm going to be pregnant again, i need a good night's sleep or else everyone in the house will suffer.
fourth, steve and i are both still students. i want at least one of us to have a degree before we have another one.
fifth, i want our kids to be at least two years apart. we want them close in age, but not too close in age. no particular reason, that's just what steve and i decided.
now, all this being said, who knows what will actually happen? a lot depends on how many kids we end up having (that could be a whole separate post), what our kids are like, what our situation in life is, etc. etc. but we figure now that we've started, we may as well keep going.
so, what do you think? were there any stipulations you insisted on before deciding to go through pregnancy and childbirth all over again? are you on board to have another one, but dreading those first few absolutely exhausting weeks after the baby is born? do you and your partner agree about the space between? (it took steve and i a while before we reached a compromise). did the way you grew up, or the family you grew up in affect your decision about the space between? i want to know!
all my siblings and me at my brother's wedding circa 2007 (my parents had 8 in 15 years!)