I absolutely take my hat off to Mum’s with multiple children, let alone five! I only have one child and know how tough it is and still worry about my ability to juggle life with two kids, whenever that may be. Today I welcome Cate from Life Behind the Purple Door, she shares a little bit of an insight into her life with five kids.
It’s only been in the last 3 months that the fog of newbornness has started to lift. I think I lost myself further this time, with husband working interstate, and basically being a single parent for the first 9 months of her life. I’ve been a single parent before, but that was only one child; five children, even one who doesn’t live under the same roof, is harder without someone to support you physically.
So how did I cope in that first year?
Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I would have if we had smaller kids – my 12 year old carried a lot of the weight of laundry and dishes [these have been his main chores for a couple of years] and we ignored all other housework until husband was home on days off. And I tried as often as possible to get out of the house [which wasn’t easy in winter when one child after another got sick], even when that sometimes meant a drive to McDonalds for after-dinner soft serve, just to say we left the house today.
We ate crap food (the kids won’t eat eggs and chips any more, and I avoid cooking curried sausages as often as possible); some days we pulled school uniforms out of the dirty wash basket because we forgot to wash the day before; and many days I didn’t manage a shower before lunchtime (now I choose to stay in my pjs as long as possible).
But we made it through the other side.
Sophie is now a year old, and becoming an independent little girl [walking!] and husband is home, working nights, sleeping days, but here under our roof.
What ways did you cope with your brood when things got tough?
Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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