Jessica Simpson Spaced Her Kids Out Perfectly: An Infant & a Toddler Is the Way to Go

jessica simpsonAs you may have heard, a little celebrity named Jessica Simpson recently gave birth to a baby boy, Ace Knute Johnson. Ace is the second baby for Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson. The couple welcomed their daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, in May of 2012, and according to a source, little Drew is excited, but "doesn't totally get it or understand [what's going on]." Which makes things all the easier! Jessica Simpson was smart to have a 14-month-old toddler and a 4-day-old infant! In fact, I couldn't have planned that better myself!

I know there are many people out there who gasp at the thought of having two babies so close in age, but I think it's better to have them back-to-back as Jessica did, as opposed to waiting. I, too, have a 14-month-old right now (no, I'm not pregnant), and every day that goes by, my daughter grows more and more independent. But not in the sense that she'd be able to help me with an infant, in the defiant sense. In the "don't you dare try to pick me up while I'm running around" sense. I swear, she seems to be getting smarter by the minute. And every day that goes by, she's harder to trick (which sucks sometimes!). In a month from now, she'll probably be hiding her food under her tongue only to spit it out when I turn my back.

Also, there's the fact that Jessica's children will be so close growing up -- emotionally. My sister and I are close, but we were never in high school at the same time. We always talk about how it would have been fun, and so different, if we were. We probably would have spent more time together and had more shared friends during that time. Thanks for ruining our fun, Mom and Dad!

At this point, little Maxwell can't really talk back either. Or talk at all. Sure, she can experience jealousy at this stage, but she can't verbally act out as she would if she were older. Also, she probably still sleeps in a crib. Cribs are much harder to climb out of than beds.

So, yeah. All in all, I think Jessica and Eric were smart to just "bang it out" and be done for now. I'm sure they'll encounter their share of obstacles, but I've gotta say, I think they'll be easier than if they would have waited.

What do you think about having kids close in age?

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SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I had my kids 2 years apart, exactly. And yes, I did that intentionally. I think Jessica's might be a little too close due to her c sections. I too had c sections, and I couldn't imagine getting prego a mere months after giving birth. My scar still freaks me out if I pull on it. I love the fact that my kids will be in the same schools at the same time, yet far enough apart for them to take their time with things. In fact it's getting really fun now that they are 2 and 4 years. They play outside together well, at the park and everywhere else. They are little buddies:)

EvaSa... EvaSamuel

Mine are 21 months apart and while our youngest was a surprise, she was the best surprise ever.  At 2 and 4 it's great that they can do many of the same things. I have friends whose children are farther apart and they struggle with activites that both can do together.  My children will even be sharing a room soon!  They are super close and I love it!


This was an oopsy.It had nothing to do with perfect timing.

nonmember avatar twirlbird

My two are 16 months apart and I cannot see this as a perfect age gap. I'm constantly run ragged. The "toddler" is still too much of a baby. I would trade my son for the world, just wish my daughter was a bit older before he was born.

And I'd be shocked if the babies were planned so close, its rough and beyond busy. I think they just got caught in the moment ;)

EnidA... EnidASophiaA

In our case, 6 years was the best age gap. My girls adore each other.

MammaSam MammaSam

My daughter is turning 3 in two months and every month that goes by bothers me. I wanted my kids close in age, and my partner doesn't want one for another few years. I'm glad I didn't have an infant to care for during my daughter's terrible twos. They've been rough. But 9 months from now would be a little more ideal. They'd be almost four years apart, which looking at it, it bothers me quite a bit, but being in the day to day life of my family, I would be ok with it. She wants a sibling, very much, and by the time we get around to it, I'm afraid she won't want one anymore. Shell be too stuck in her only child status to appreciate a little brother or sister. Que the jealousy and the acting out and the fights! It is what it is, and when we are all ready well move forward. Until then ill just have to suck it up.

Robyn McGiven

my boys are jsut under 15 months apart in age! and its not as bad as everyone thinks it is.

nonmember avatar natz

Children are never an "oopsy" or mistake...a surprise perhaps!

My sons are just under 14 months apart, and although life is busy, the diaper patrol years will be gone quicker than if they were spaced by 5 years, etc. Plus - the jealousy factor doesn't apply as much either. My brothers kids are 5 years apart, and his daughter is quite nasty with her brother even!

My husband and his brother are 10 months THAT'S close!

nonmember avatar lisa

i have a 2 year 4 month ages gap, my eldest helped out loads she was so protective of her little sister wouldnt let anyone go near her, would cuddle up in the sofa with her! now however it is a different story my eldest is now 4 my youngest almost 2 all they do is fight!

lovem... lovemy2sons25

I have 2 boys they are a year apart. My first was born 9|28|11 and my 2nd was born 9|25|12 I came home from the hospital from having my 2nd child on my first childs first birthday!! Its really not that bad it was hard at the beginning because I ended up getting a c section with my 2nd and my 1st couldn't walk yet and he weighed 30 lbs so he was heavy!! But now its almost a year later and same days its hard but most days its not that bad. I'm glad they are very close in age and even though neither one of them were planned I wouldn't trade them for nothing in the world!!

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