Dear Crissy


For the next six months, and the next six months only, these two will both be toddlers.


My little tiny Kara is finally walking, and Evan really seems more like a 5-year-old than a 3-year-old. He’s always seemed so much older to me.

Evan is finally realizing that my promises about his little screaming sister were true.

“Someday soon, she’ll walk, Evan. Someday soon, she’ll talk, Evan. Someday soon, she’ll even be old enough to play with you,” I told him.

I watch her now, wobbling with high-steps across our carpeted floor to where he is playing with plastic tools. They squabble a little over who gets to hold the drill, and he decides to find a doll for her to play with, so he doesn’t have to share his treasures.

“Here, K… here’s your Lovie. Do you want your Lovie?” he asks.

They play together now. They even argue a little, but it’s so clear that they love each other. Seeing them interacting is so adorable, and it makes me really glad that I had them just 2 years apart.

What are the age gaps between your kids?

    24 Comments on “Toddlers”

  1. My daughter and stepson are 3 years 8 months apart. They are the best of friends. I will have another someday, and there will be a greater age gap. I can only handle so much!

  2. I had three children in a 5 year span, the first two were 25 months apart, and the second two were 32 months apart….what I learned was, when you had two, you have two hands two legs for a lap and generally it was manageable. When I had the third baby, there were many days where I felt totally outnumbered. As they grew older it became much more manageable. They are now 26,24, and 22, and as young adults, its really awesome to see they truly care about one another and are friends! To foster that, we all try to come together for Sunday dinners here at Grammie’s house…just to stay in touch and stay connected :)!

  3. Wow, seems like only yesterday she was born! Mine are 2 years and 9 months apart, first a girl then boy (they are 48 months and 15 months). I love seeing them play together, kiss each other, share (sometimes), so adorable! :)

  4. Mine are 25 months apart. There are some challenges but I like it :)

  5. We will have a large age gap. That was not intentional. I had a difficult time getting pregnant. If our timing had worked we would have a 3 – 3 1/2 year gap (which is what my sister and I were & it was great). Instead our son is turning 7 next month, and I am due with baby #2 shortly after that. Part of it is great, because my son is so independent and can entertain himself and take care of himself. He’s excited about the baby, and I think he’ll be a big help. However, when I think about the baby being his age, he will be a TEENAGER! Ahh! That’s pretty frightening. It is what it is, so I know it will work for our family. I think even when things weren’t planned a certain way, they still work out. :D

  6. My 24 year old daughter is in law school. My 12 year old daughter, in middle school. 12 years.

  7. I loved having kids close together so they could be friends (Three is actually preschooler btw). My first two were 16 months apart and I have twins as well.

    However, I had my last daughter when my youngest kids were nine years old and although she doesn’t have a live-in playmate, she is more than spoiled by all her older siblings. In fact, my 20 year and 3 year old have such an unbreakable bond that at times, you would think they were mother and daughter.

  8. You’re in the sweet spot!! It only gets better from here. Mine are exactly (minus 5 days) two years apart and they turn 4 and 6 (OMG!) in a few weeks. If I could hit pause right now, I totally would. I won’t say it’s easy every day, but we have way more good days than bad. 2 years apart is perfect!!

    Savor every moment!
    (and seriously, could yours be any cuter???)

  9. My girls are 7 and 5… I love that they are best friends! :)

  10. My son and daughter are 9 and 10 (they are 14 months apart)… now that my son has caught up in height with my daughter, people think they are twins. I am also 5 weeks pregnant with a little surprise that will be here around Halloween. (then I will have quite an age gap going on :)

  11. Oh, that’s the best, when they play together. I love it. :) I have three, my oldest is 4, then there’s 17 months and I have my 2 year old, and then 23 months and I have my last, who’s 7 months old. My two oldest are so protective of their little sister…they take such good care of her. I say that you never realize how much you love your child until you see them loving your other children.

  12. They are PRECIOUS and Evan even looks older than 5 – gorgeous kiddos. Glad they’re starting to experience the siblings joys of play :)

    Mine are 3 years and 2 months apart – older girl (almost 5!) and younger boy (almost 20 months) and I’m amazed at how close they are and how much they play despite the gap. I’d do it all over again!

  13. 3 years…My daughters are 19 & 16. It is the perfect age span. They are best friends.

  14. I have one child right now, Zach will be 2 this May. I do want to have another baby, but not anytime soon. I wanted to wait until Zach was at least 3. But with the way things are going in my life now, I think I want to wait until he’s 6-8 actually. But, who knows what will happen by then!

    My older sisters recently gave birth (2 weeks apart!) The oldest has kids ages 7, 2, and a newborn. And my other older sister has kids ages 4, 3, and a newborn. Crazy stuff.

    Your tots are absolutely adorable!

  15. Beautiful pictures! My girls have 2 years 2 months and 2 days between them. I love age difference and am happy that they are so close in age too. They play quite good together. :- )

  16. I had 4 daughters.
    My oldest was a month and half short of 5 when my youngest was born.
    So I had an almost 5 year old, a 3 1/2 year old, a 2 1/2 year old, and a newborn. They were very good about playing together until they hit their teen years, then all hell broke loose (when my youngest was 13, her sisters were 14 1/2, 15 1/2, and 17. Hormones ripped through my house like a tornado.

  17. I have 4 girls and their age gaps are 20 months, 51 weeks (yes, weeks) and 1 month shy of 7 years.

  18. Our boys are 22 months apart. It’s awesome seeing what good friends they are. I really love the smaller age gap. Although, my sister and I were 4 1/2 years apart and we are best buddies too. :o)

  19. Oldest sister and middle child brother are 4.5 years apart. Middle brother and his younger sister are 34 months apart. There is good/bad to both situations.

  20. I have 2 girls. My oldest is 8 and my youngest is 2. I love the gap between them. Jasmine (my oldest) is such a big help with Dakota ( my youngest). They love each other, They play together. They are best friends! And Kota really looks up to her big sissy :) We want to have one more when Kota turns 6.

  21. My kids are two minutes apart and they share everything. They shared first steps, first teeth, first words, everything. And for all the work it was, for all the tears, and frustration, and exhaustion… it was worth it. I wouldn’t have done anything any differently, even if I’d had the choice. :)

  22. My kids are older, but the age gap between the first and second is 25 months, second and third is 22 months. The third and fourth have the biggest gap: 4 years. So, I had at least two toddlers in the house at one time, twice!

  23. my youngest and the second youngest are 7 years apart.

  24. there is 10 years between my girls. oldest is 14, youngest is soon to be 4

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