The next blogger in my guest post series is the lovely Mandi;
Mandi is a super busy mum of 7 who write about her family life over on her blog Hex Mum Plus 1.
If looking after 7 children was not enough on her plate she and her husband also run a company specialising in Leisure & Tourism consulting, PR and Social Media.
Today Mandi is going to share with us what it’s really like to have 7 children.
You can also find Mandi here:
Whats It Like Having Seven Children?
It’s a question I get asked all the time, particularly from people who don’t have children or those that just have one or two.
There are not many vehicles out there that cater for nine! Plenty for 7 or 8, so I guess I could leave a few behind! We have a Ford Tourneo, which is basically like a Transit van but with windows and nine seats that each have a full seatbelt (one of my MUST haves) it isn’t very luxurious but it has a large boot, enough for a couple of prams or scooters and bikes and the sliding doors are great in Car parks with spaces only big enough for a small car!
Until we had Viggo we would love to caravan at a Haven or a Park Resorts site, but once you get over that magical 8 figure, it becomes impossible! So we have moved onto cottages permanently, as we can at least accommodate everyone in the same place, instead of having to get two smaller caravans and have Asa and I spend the entire holiday in separate caravans! This year we went to Disneyland Paris and stayed at the Cheyenne, that was OK because Viggo was still classed as an infant, so we had two interconnecting rooms, however when we go again (planning a trip at Christmas)we will have to book three rooms and trust the older teens to have a room to themselves!
This is the biggest difference! Imagine you are shopping for lunchboxes and the children ask for crisps, with two children a six bag multipack, will do three day’s worth of lunches, with mine it wouldn’t even do one day! Anyone that has a boy toddler that says he eats lots, be warned as they get bigger the appetite quadruples! My shopping bills are easily £200 per week, and I don’t shop at expensive supermarkets, usually Aldi or Lidl, I fill one trolley, pay for it at the checkout, take it back to the car and head back in for the second half of the shop! My 6kg Slow Cooker gave up the ghost a few weeks back, which I had completely forgotten about (you think baby brain with one is bad!) last weeks Stew and Dumplings was crammed into the 3kg cooker and when it was time to add the dumplings I had to decant half into a serving dish just to get them in to cook! I will definitely be buying a larger slow cooker this week. Roast dinners on a Sunday I have learnt are like most people’s Christmas Dinner, but for me it’s perfectly normal (our Christmas dinner I usually cater for 16-20!)
Having 4 boys who pretty much look like clones of each other, I sometimes struggle to tell which is which in photos, if they are wearing the same clothing. I do keep clothing that hasn’t been destroyed during it’s first child (not as easy with boys) and I put it up in the loft neatly labelled with age ready for the next one, with the girls all three of them look different and have very different tastes so some of the clothes they have shared, but others have only been used by one girl, I can’t even fit into Xene or Neva’s shoes now as they have both outgrown my size 4.
Bedtime and Routine
All seven children are definitely night owls, which is no surprise because Asa and I both are, they go to bed late, but lie in, which is especially handy at weekends and school holidays, not so great during the week when it’s school! Although they are all pretty good at getting up in the morning and getting themselves ready, I have four different places to drop off each morning, with the first starting at 8.25am, we have getting ready down to a fine art, and we have yet to receive any late marks this year, although it has only been since September!
And I think that sums it up, apart from the utter noise and chaos and the endless fun and love that all seven siblings share with each other, there are no plans to expand the Morrison household and I wouldn’t change my life for the world.
Thank you Mandi for sharing your story with us.
Please do pop over and visit Mandi on her blog Hex Mum Plus 1.