Just in case you were debating whether or not to have children close in age, I have posted photographic documentation below of my opinion. My girls are 19 1/2 months apart. Yes, it's hard especially when Charlotte was first born and Maddie was basically a baby herself, but in a lot of ways it's easier! They are best buddies, they are interested in the same things, they play well together and maybe we just lucked out, but they are mostly very kind and loving to one another. They look out for one another. I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to spend 24 hours with just one child. At first it was really nice.....only one mouth to feed, only one little person to diaper and bathe and only one child vying for my attention, but as our time together wore on, I found myself having to constantly entertain Charlotte. She followed me around endlessly and I found that I could get nothing else done. She missed having her sister to play with! I missed the distraction that Maddie provides and the squealing and giggling that fills the house when the two of them are together. It is often a difficult balance having two girls so close in age, and for sure it is more work in terms of daily maintenance. But, the benefits greatly outweigh the challenges! I love that they are growing up together, that their memories of childhood will be the same in the sense that they will be doing the same things at the same times. There was a very large gap in age between my brothers and me, and it was like we were in totally different worlds throughout childhood. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that we had anything in common and that gap leveled out. If I was given the opportunity to go back in time and change my decision to have my girls so close together, I wouldn't change a thing.....in fact I might have had them a little closer in age! It's worth it!