With a six-year-old son and three sets of twin daughters, you’d think that Emma Uhila would be apprehensive about her new pregnancy.
Emma is seven months pregnant with her fourth set of twins.
The New Zealand Mum, Emma and her husband, Loma, are parents to Micah (born 2008), Ava and Lily (born 2010), Isla and Eden (born 2011), and Indie and Emme (born 2013).
They will welcome their newest additions in July, 2015.
Despite having nine children under six, they are happy not harrowed by the news.
“We are incredibly blessed — it’s like we’ve won lotto,” she told news.com.au.
“Micah was 11 months old when we found out we were expecting our first set of twins,” Emma tells Porse. “I was in complete shock because we had no twins on either side of our families. From there it was all on and life became normal with three under three at home. The second set of twins arrived a year and four days later.”
By the time they were pregnant with the third set of naturally conceived twins, they were almost expecting the news at their eight-week scan.
But how on Earth do they cope?
Emma said the key is strict eating and sleeping routines.
“We’ve got a really good routine now where the kids know exactly what’s happening each day and what’s coming next. At night it’s dinner, bath, story, brushing teeth, prayers, bed — they all know the routine and if we forget something they’ll be the first to tell us.”
They said they also get a lot of help from Emma’s family, as her parents and aunt live with them and her sister works as her nanny.
“It’s wonderful having my sister as my nanny,” she says. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to help me raise my children. She knows exactly the way I want to parent. We have the same routines and disciplinary approach so it works really well.”
“We’re just so blessed that our family is such a huge part of our lives. They say it takes a village to raise a child — we’ve got a tribe and we have our entire village helping out. The bonds my children have with my mum, dad, aunties, cousins and Victoria is amazing and you can see that when any of them walk in the room they light up.”
Loma works as a youth worker said it can be hard to make ends meet, but they admit they wouldn’t have it any other way!
“Having twins means twice the hugs and kisses and double the love, fun and blessings,” Emma said.