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Who has a Fall/Winter Baby?

  • lcd1912
    lcd1912
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    I am thinking Aug-Nov. (maybe as late as Jan.?) would be the ideal time to deliver so I can enjoy the baby’s first holidays during my 6-month maternity leave. Everyone says May/June is ideal because it is warm enough to take the baby out, you can enjoy your maternity leave during summer, etc., but being off during the holiday season would mean more I think. I do have concerns about factors such as “flu season” and having to combine birthday & holiday celebrations. Who has a Fall/Winter baby and can give your input on the weather/sharing their birthday with holidays, etc.? If you don’t mind sharing when you were ttc that would be great too!
    In the end, I know the best things aren’t planned!
    Thanks!!

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    We started TTC in March 2008 and got pregnant the second cycle (conceived right at the end of April). My boys were born January 6. I think I would prefer to have a spring baby. Jan 6 is awfully close to Christmas; I’m not wild about that. They get all their gifts in a 12-day span and then nothing the rest of the year. (Though I do usually end up giving them a little less for their birthday and then give them half-birthday presents to spread things out. Something like Cozy Coupes, a kiddie pool, etc., that they can enjoy in the summer.)

    It is a little tough having them during cold/flu season and bundling up newborns against the cold. We don’t live in a terribly cold climate though. To me it was OK but not ideal. I do like where their birthday falls in terms of school starting though. They’re far from the cutoff so I don’t have to worry about them being the oldest or youngest in their class, but I like that they’ll have some maturity going into K (they’ll be 5y7m when they start).

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I have a spring baby (June 1) and it was an ideal time to have the baby weather wise. I was no longer pregnant when the heat waves started and there weren’t quite so many gross viruses going around. Another bonus is I never had to buy a maternity coat. It’s also awesome for my son to have his birthday at the opposite time of the year from Christmas. Honestly, I also think a first Christmas is more fun when the baby is old enough to be aware of all the twinkling lights and crinkly paper (even though obviously a baby is precious any time of the year). I’m not sure how I would have handled the extra stress of getting ready for the holidays with a teenie baby and no sleep! The first few months are a blur!

    Like TwoSapphires mentioned, the biggest problem I’ve noticed with having a birthday from June through Sept is school, as they are either the oldest or youngest in class which can make a huge difference in the younger years. As a winter baby myself, the biggest downside of a winter birthday tends to be that all the gift getting is condensed to one portion of the year. You also don’t get to have fun outdoor birthday parties if you live somewhere that has cold winters. My mother would probably also add that having a baby during an ice storm and fuel shortage would be less than ideal. Thankfully, I don’t remember the sliding on the ice through red lights on the way to the hospital and being bundled in a bigillion layers due to the cold. Either way, I don’t think it really matters what time of year you have a baby. All birthdays have both their perks and downsides :)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I agree with your conclusion, Inga! :) And yeah, I remember hearing about my older sister’s birth during a blizzard (December baby).

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Thanks twosapphires celebrating a half birthday is a good idea! And Inga, I hadn’t thought about the school year.. All valid points. I just don’t want to have to work on their first Christmas /thanksgiving, etc. Whether they remember it or not- I will! I guess we’ll ttc for an Aug. Baby And hopefully have a positive result before we get to a dec/Jan. Due date!?


    embra
    Participant

    My first baby was born at the beginning of August. Being 9 months pregnant in the hottest part of summer was brutal. My second baby was born at the beginning of March, which was much nicer. It is fairly warm where I live though, so I never needed to buy a maternity coat or tons of sweaters that tend to be more expensive. I agree that Christmas is more fun when baby is a bit older too. If you give birth right before Christmas, you will most likely spent the holiday season parked on a couch with a baby latched on under a blanket and you will be completely dazed and wishing everyone would be a bit quieter (many newborns won’t nap outside someone’s arms – neither of mine would). Also, most people get some time off for the holidays anyway. I’d rather give birth a different time of year, take my maternity leave then, and have more vacation around the holidays.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    I’m really torn.. I see the points for both times of year… Hmm I guess we’ll just have to see what happens!!


    Cody Taylor
    Participant

    Well the time between October & November can be best time to have babies, as weather wouldn’t be that bad. Though Dec & Jan can be problematic for a new born from health point of view. Otherwise i find winters is the blessing time of the year.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Ironically, 2 months after originally posting here I’m now expecting a fall baby! I’m hoping he/she arrives before Halloween (due date Oct 21). I’m not looking forward to being pregnant in the summer heat, but I think I’ll spend much time bobbing around the neighborhood pool to keep cool. In keeping with my last post, I still won’t need a maternity coat :) … and I’ll be able to wear flip flops and ballet flats throughout the later months so I won’t have to try to cram my pregnant feet into “real” shoes.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Haha Inga, congratulations! You make some valid points! I tend to be cold, even in the middle of summer, so hopefully I’ll actually be comfortable (living poolside) if I’m pregnant in summer! Flip flops, easy dresses, etc. are definitely a bonus! I really think August would be my ideal month, but I know babies make their own rules :)

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