People often wonder what a perfect age gap between siblings is. They question themselves whether to have them close in age, a couple years apart, or years apart. Serena and Layla are 8 years apart. It wasn't intended to be that long, but I believe everything happens for a reason and for whatever reason, it is what it is. Having them 8 years apart has been a blessing. Serena is such a great big sister and she loves her "little boo-boo" as she calls her. She is also great with her new baby sister Mariam. Serena and I have our moments were things can be tense since she is nearing 11, but I'm so proud of her and she is such a help. Really I don't know how I'd get dinner made some days without her playing with the girls, because for whatever reason--that is the time that the kids...and mommy start melting down. Another unintentional occurrence was the time frame between Layla and Mariam. They are 16 months apart and a newborn and a toddler is no easy thing. However I have heard that it will get better after the first year because they will be able to play together. It will be nice for them to be super close. A built in best friend. I guess you can say, there is good things to be found in whatever age gap between siblings.