A young mother who gave birth to quintuplets has revealed what it’s really like to raise eight children – and the top tricks she’s learned after several years on the job.
Kim Tucci, 30, from Perth, had three children four years ago and thought she would be ‘four and done’, when she became a one in 55 million statistic and gave birth to Australia’s first ever naturally conceived quintuplets.
Four years later, Kim’s quins are about to start kindergarten next Monday, giving their exhausted mother a small amount of respite in her busy schedule of toilet training, feeding, washing and cleaning.
What are Kim’s top parenting tricks?
When it comes to parenting, Kim said she’s learned a few things over the 12 years she has been a mum.
‘It’s so chaotic and overwhelming in our household,’ she said.
‘Every day is a marathon and so I need to have a few methods in place to help to keep me sane.’
Kim said that last year was a particularly ‘difficult’ year as she was toilet training all of the quins – and going through as many as ’30 pairs of undies each day’.
Kim has also learned how to best budget for her little ones – confessing she only spends $350 on feeding her family of 10 each week.
‘I usually do a big shop at the weekend and go to Coles, Woolworths and Aldi to make sure I buy from the cheapest supermarket,’ she said.
‘I also buy all of our fruit and vegetables from a local market, as it’s cheaper.’
Kim said the items that go down fastest in her household are what you might expect: bread, milk and cheese.
‘We probably go through eight or nine loaves of bread a week, 60-70 pieces of fruit, 20 litres of milk and a giant block of cheese,’ she said.
‘But I get the 85 cent bread instead of the $4 option. You know what? They’re not going to know the $4 stuff.’
The mum-of-eight said she is ‘lucky’ insofar as none of her children are fussy eaters.
What does Kim get asked the most?
Questions from strangers are part and parcel of having quintuplets and three other children, but Kim said there is one question she gets more than any other.
‘Everyone asks whether the quins were IVF,’ she said.
And I have to go into the whole story that no, they were completely natural, and it was a one in 55 million chance.’
People also ask the 30-year-old if she is coping a lot.
‘It’s hard to answer that one as I don’t always feel as though I’m coping,’ Kim said.
‘But I have to make the most of my situation.