A mum-of-nine has shared how she juggles her huge family and running a salon. Amy Edwards, 36, has spent more than six years of her life pregnant and has spoken of how she manages her chaotic home life which includes three loads of washing per day.
Amy owns her own salon called Color Code where she works two days a week. Together with her husband Ella Shane, the couple from Brindley Ford, Staffordshire, try to bulk buy essentials.
Stoke-on-Trent Live reports the family goes through three large bottles of milk and two loaves of bread per day. She is a proud mum to, Vinny, aged 17; Noah, 16; Wendi-Rose, 14; Shay, 12; Reggie, 11; Belle, aged four; two-year-old Shane; Jeff, who is 18 weeks old; and nine-year-old step-son Logan.
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Amy said: “We have seven bedrooms, but it isn’t as massive as it sounds. My step-son shares with the younger boys at the weekends and the baby is still with me and my husband. We’re not sure where we ‘re going to end up putting him.We also have two bathrooms and there’s always a queue on the landing.
“Our day starts at around 10am. I home-school the children Monday to Thursday. It means the children have a long weekend which is nice.
“Home-schooling allows us as a big family to take it in our stride, no rushing, no dragging people out of bed. We see each other so much and it makes us so close.
“We eat together every evening and my table has to fit 12 people as my son’s girlfriend is often around as well, but it works for us. If it wasn’t for space, I’d probably have another baby.
“I cook everything pretty much from scratch. I chuck it all in the slow cooker in the morning. I make huge lasagnes, chillies and potato pies.
“It’s like feeding time at the zoo. I have a bell that I ring when it’s dinner time and they all come running down the stairs and it saves my voice.
“I only make the same meal for all the children. I learned that the hard way years ago when I fell for making different meals. I haven’t got time for that.
“We have to stick to a budget because it is expensive. We do a lot of shopping online so we can see what we’re spending. We do a couple of online food shops a week and we still find ourselves in the supermarkets.
“We buy everything in bulk. When we had the toilet roll shortage during the pandemic, it was terrible. The shops were only selling limited amounts and it was the same for loaves of bread.
“We go through one loaf of bread at one lunchtime, but there weren’t any exceptions for larger families. What would last people two weeks, would only last us three evening meals.
“The only thing that suffers is my house. I like organization. If it’s not organized, it really bothers me, but it comes at the bottom of the pecking order. But the children help out too.
“There’s so much washing. If I don’t do three loads a day it gets on top of me, it’s a nightmare.
“We also only have a seven seater car which isn’t big enough, so for family days out we have to do it in two trips. The big ones go first and then Shane will come back for me and the little ones. We’ go got the dentist next week which will have to be done in two trips.”
Amy says that going to work gives her some time to herself and the opportunity to have a chat with other adults.
She added: “Some days, I’m so busy at home that I don’t get out of my pajamas until midday, so it’s nice to get dressed and prioritize myself to be out for work. I had a few weeks off on maternity leave with Jeffe, but I was still doing bits behind the scenes with the salon like making sure the stock orders were done.
“I have nine children. I’m prepping meals, washing, ironing, breast feeding and working. It is difficult, but my husband is a self-employed window cleaner and he helps out lots. He helps with the cooking and the cleaning.
“We do a date night every week. Once a week, my five eldest children go to their dad’s for family night. So we just have three children to feed that night, which for us is really good. I’ll let the kids have pizza or a burger and we have a cheeky takeaway.
“Although we still have the baby with us, I can feed him off to sleep. I have a couple glasses of prosecco and we watch a movie. We only go out if it’s a special occasion.”