2012 – I am a 45 year old mother/stepmother of 8, ranging from 10 all the way to just about 24. Our lives are so full on that I just wanted to share a few of these moments, sometimes funny, sometimes just really poignant and loveable! My partner is a building designer/musician/photographer, and I work as a T.A.B. attendant in the local RSL club.

I began to call my partner “fitty” after his recent 50th birthday and shall continue to use this name for him as it will be so much easier to type! The kids shall be named 1-8.

I have three boys numbers 3, 5 and 6, and they are: E 22yrs, J 18yrs and D 15yrs.

Fitty has 3 girls and 2 boys, numbers 1,2,4,7 and 8 and they are J 24yrs, J 23yrs, J 21yrs, E 12yrs and R 10yrs.

As u can see it will be so much easier for me to reference them as numbers, at least most of the time anyway.

We have 6,7,and 8 every second week, sharing custody with the ex and fitty’s ex. We are fairly functional, just don’t get me started on the ex’s and everything will be just fine…….

I nearly forgot our dearly loved family pet, a Cavoodle called Pooh!