Friday, March 9, 2012

Age Spacing

The oldest and the youngest....20 years apart.

I've had quite a few people ask me about how far apart my children are spaced.  I think people assume that I have children as close in age as Michelle Duggar or something, but actually my children aren't spaced nearly that close together.  As you can tell from the above picture, I've had 10 children (actually 11 full term pregnancies because I did have a full term stillborn son) in 20 years. So that averages out to about a baby every 2 years, since I've never had any multiples.  So, for those who are curious, here is how they are spaced out. 

Will and Ben, 22 months apart.
Ben and Anna, 21 months apart.
Anna and Christian, 3 1/2 years apart (I had 2 miscarriages between them.)
Christian and Luke, almost 3 years apart (I had my stillborn son in between.)
Luke and Caroline, 21 months apart.
Caroline and Ellie, 20 months apart.
Ellie and MaryKate, 19 months apart.
MaryKate and Matthew, 2 1/2 years apart(one miscarriage in between.)
Matthew and Patrick, 2 years and 3 months apart (one miscarriage in between.)

So, there you have it. I've never had babies less than 19 months apart so when I meet women who have children a year to a year and a half apart, I'm pretty impressed!

My four daughters, spaced over a 12 year time frame.


  1. Very sweet! I love being able to look back and see how God worked in every child perfectly :-)


  2. Wow you have had to deal with quite a bit of loss. I am impressed at your faith-- still trusting God and not living in fear. GREAT EXAMPLE! My oldest is so in love with the baby of our family I think because the baby looks like my oldest. I love the picture of your girls, so pretty! Thanks so much for the engorgement it means sooo much to me,really.

  3. Neat!! I love the pictures. I am similar with spacing...9 kids in 19 years.

  4. Your oldest and youngest are as far apart as my oldest and youngest aunts and uncle are! My grandparents also had ten kids (nine surviving). The difference is that my grandma had eight singletons, then finished with twins. Grandpa used to joke, "We decided to call it quits when they started coming two at a time!" I'm 36 weeks pregnant with #3, and my first two are just-turned-three and almost-two (a year and 18 days apart). This time there will be a two-year gap. I'm interested to see what is easier, back-to-back or with a bit of an age difference. I think it'll be nice having two bigger "helpers," and it will DEFINITELY be nice not needing to carry two babies. My daughter wasn't walking by the time my son came, so I had to haul a toddler and a newborn each time I went out. Glad I won't have that to worry about this time around! Instead, I'll have two toddlers to corral whilst holding a newborn. Hooray for slings. Haha.

  5. Love your blog! I, too, noticed that you've had to deal with quite a bit of loss. Maybe you could do a post about dealing with such losses?? Just a thought...

  6. I'm an only child so I love reading about the dynamics of your large family!

  7. Our eleven children were born in a span of twenty-one years. I love seeing the older with the younger ones. Your photos are so similar. Isn't it such joy? I love your blog, it is so uplifting. Thanks for sharing.

  8. We get asked a lot about age spacing too. We have eight children. There are fourteen years between the oldest and youngest. Our closest were twenty months and the furthest apart were 38 months. I just found your blog and have been enjoying reading around in it.


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