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Soon we’ll be welcoming another little boy to our family. The reactions I’ve gotten to the news that we’ll have two boys are funny.
It’s like I’m supposed to be devastated about not having a girl. I’ll never have the quintessential family of four with two loving parents, a son and a daughter.
People make it sound like there’s a gaping hole in my life because I have two healthy sons. I’m finding that notion pretty ridiculous.
My family is super excited to be preparing for another little boy this spring. I can’t wait to meet the little guy. It will be fun to see how much he looks like his big brother and the ways he is a little person all his own.
I think that being disappointed to be having a boy is like not being grateful for the many blessings and fun we’ve had with our first son. I’m certain our second son will be a different person entirely but we’ll still get to relive the fun baby days of our firstborn.
So here are my thoughts on having two boys about two and a half years apart in age.
My children will have a close buddy
Don’t get me wrong, a boy and girl can become best friends. My husband is super close with his sister.
But there’s something about having children close in age and the same gender that can help make them even closer (even if there is some fighting while they’re little).
From my perspective, siblings are some of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children. And of course, we can’t decide whether we provide brothers and sisters to our children, but it’s sort of fun when it works out that you have two children of the same gender back to back.
Matching outfits and hand-me-downs
I’m so excited to put my boys in tasteful matching outfits. My friends and family keep laughing at me about it, but just imagine how cute the matching plaid shirts will be at Christmas.
I’ve set my sights on this super cute set of a T-shirt for my older son and a onesie for the younger one with trucks on them. I’m thinking it will be the perfect way to introduce my older son to the younger one since he loves trucks.
Then there’s also the benefit of using hand-me-down clothes. When we found out we were pregnant, I could see in my mind’s eye the adorable sleepers, outfits and shoes my older son had. We get to pull those back out and use them again and think about the happy times we’ve had in them.
No, it doesn’t automatically mean we’re going for a third
I’m not somehow incomplete if I don’t have a daughter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not set on being done at two children. But I find it funny when people make it seem like that’s the only reason to have a third child.
We’re so excited to welcome this bundle of joy and tiny blessing. Now all we have to do is come up with the right name…