10 reasons having kids super-close in age is actually pretty cool
April 15, 2015
I have a full house of the preschool variety. It attracts the occasional raised eyebrow at the grocery store and a fair number of comments about full hands, but I would venture to say that most of the feedback I get in public, in person, is positive.
And that’s what keeps me hopeful for the end of the upcoming summer, when baby number 4 hits the scene and renders us an official spectacle, because the double stroller with the standing board attachment will officially be maxed out, and even the Costco cart is going to be really, really heavy to push.
But despite the daily inconveniences and hardships of life with other human beings around (ain’t it the truth, no matter the ages/numbers?) there are a few reasons I can think of that make having kids close in age a really sweet deal.
1. You’re already not sleeping, so…efficiency!
It’s true. The baby might be waking up to nurse, or waking you up while still in utero multiple times per night, but the 2 year old isn’t exactly guaranteeing you a solid 8 hours anyway, even on a good night. And the 4 year old cock a doodle doos at sunrise, anyhow, so you might as well leverage your evenings. I cannot even fathom experiencing a solid 3-4 years of “normal” sleep in between kids, only to have my world rocked anew by the horror that is nighttime with a newborn. And what you don’t know, you can’t miss!
2. They might all be in diapers, but you can probably get away with squeezing everybody into the same size.
Size 4 for the preschooler? Check. Size 4 for the 1-year-old? Hey, if the jumbo pack fits, buy it.
3. Dinner time is usually over in under 15 minutes. Flat.
Have you ever set down a plate of food for a litter of puppies/kittens? (I’ll wait while you click over to Youtube for a minute.)
Also, thinking of chicken nuggets? Again? Go for it. This is one easy to please crowd, as long the entree is breaded.
4. Plastic dishes can be thrown into the sink at no additional hassle to you, and without fear of breakage.
Clear the table, little darlings. Yep, just launch it on into the sink from 2 feet below, try to bounce the sippy cup off the faucet while you’re at it.
5. Sharing clothes.
Super efficient, super green, and a super great way to confuse the neighbors on genders and ages. The art of the hand-me-down is alive and well in the closely-spaced family unit. Now pass me that threadbare Spiderman T and we can head out.
6. Confusing distant/older friends and relatives
“Oh, isn’t that sweet, look how big little … wait, which child is that?”
(Did you have another one this past year, or is there a reason the 4 year old is still sitting in a highchair in those Facebook pictures?)
7. Dog piling on Daddy after work only rarely results in actual chiropractic injuries
(He’s still young(ish) and spry, and they’re still ligthweights.)
8. They can all share a single room, if not a single bed.
Why bother with the formalities of assigning an entire twin-matresses’ worth of real estate to each child when they’re all going to lie in a tangled pile of blankets in the center of the floor and call it their sleeping fort?
9. Pretty much nobody can even pronounce their own full name yet, and so it’s hilarious to hear them talk.
I especially like to watch them pepper the doorkeeper at Costco with seemingly random bullet points of information like birthdates, home addresses, and what the Easter bunny brought their cousins.
(Are all these small people speaking in the same English dialect? I’m just going to nervously hand out Dumdums and nod with this frozen smile on my face until they leave…)
10. You can hold your entire family in your lap at the same time.