She’s a popular blogger with six children all under the age of six, and now one Aussie mum has given a glimpse into what life is really like as part of her large family.
Super-mum Krechelle Carter – who blogs at Eight at Home – has written about the good, the bad and the ugly side of having so many kids.
‘We love our six kids, we love each and everyone of their tiny little faces,’ Krechelle shared in a recent blog post.
‘But when I’m at the doctors I can’t remember their birthdays because there are five birthdays, each one a year apart - and they all look really familiar and also, you see, my brain it doesn’t work like it used to because I have to Mum,’ Krechelle wrote with her trademark humour.
‘When I became a mum. Each time, with every child. My brain became more like a big mooshy moosh bowl,’ she went on.
‘I’m not sure if it’s the wine or the screaming but I’m losing brain capacity at an alarming rate.
‘But being a part of a big family means lots of things. Not just that you start drinking lots and losing your marbles.’
‘When you walk into our home I have mostly tried to cover the smell of shoes with candles and glen 20,’ Krechelle wrote.
‘You may be thinking “but Krechelle glen 20 is flammable“ but you would use both at the same time if you smelt my house too.
‘I remove 74 pairs of shoes from my foyer per week but it’s still ends up like some kind of shoe jumble sale.
‘My welcome mat is just an obstacle of shoes; you’re welcome visitors.'
‘I lose them. I throw them out. I’m always the last one to hand them in,’ Krechelle admitted. ‘There is approximately ten different school, kindy, child care notes per week.
‘And mostly they have stains on them that I can’t guarantee aren’t blood.’
‘We’ll do anything for a good discount. We eat out on Mondays because kids eat free, we do cheap Tuesday movies (ha just kidding movies are too expensive full stop), we go to discount show days and travel 42 minutes for give away furniture,' Krechelle wrote.
‘We’re not tacky. We’re thrifty. Wow this sounds way worse than what I meant it to, but while we’re at it hey what coupons did you get on the back of your docket?’
Getting a family photo is impossible
‘Yep this one is pretty straight forward,’ Krechelle wrote. ‘All eight face holes won’t look straight forward or keep their outfits clean or on long enough to take a photo.
‘Forget it. I’ll photoshop them in,’ she went on.
You can never have a conversation unheard
‘We literally have to wait until they’re sleeping, shut three different doors and then hide under our quilt, but you better believe if we mention presents they will hear,’ Krechelle wrote. ‘No secret is safe.’
Sometimes your dreams get put on hold or crushed
‘Sometimes you miss meetings because all six kids get gastro or head lice or the plague,’ the mum shared candidly.
‘We try and make it work the best we can but it is a lot. We juggle things and some things fall of and smash on the ground and other things pop up and you dodge them and do a pirouette and a backflip and then some how you land on your two feet again. Surrounded by love. And bodily fluids.
‘Having a big family is hard, it’s crazy. And It was the best decision I ever made,' the proud mum concluded.
Follow Krechelle’s blog at Eight at Home