The Hyland bunch: Six kids, no more, they say
MELISSA and Luke Hyland have welcomed their sixth (and last!) addition to the family.
Baby Phoebe Kate Hyland was born on June 19 at Gladstone Base Hospital.
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She was five days early, a blessing in disguise for Mrs Hyland.
"The anticipation up to having her, like the kids asking 'how many more sleeps' was driving me nuts," she laughed.
"The kids have been over the moon but it's hard getting time for all the cuddles. They have to go in turns."
Phoebe is settling in to the busy family life well.
"She's our fifth girl," Mrs Hyland said.
"We just have one boy in the mix, the poor little fella.
"We never found out what sex she was going to be and all the kids were guessing it was going to be a boy.
"Our little fella was a bit shocked but he's more than okay with it now."
It was the ambition of both Mr and Mrs Hyland to have a large family.
"We are both from a family of three but we wanted a big family," Mrs Hyland said.
"It's good having lots of kids because of the funny moments. They provide you with the entertainment and it's awesome."
When it came to naming their daughter, Mrs Hyland said it was just as hard as the last five.
"Our kids have older fashioned names which are Abigail, Lily, Samuel, Bethany and Naomi," Mrs Hyland said.
"They have all been mentioned in the bible as well. We tried to stick with some kind of a tradition there but picking names is always difficult for us."
Mrs Hyland home schools all of her children who range from kindergarten age to year 7.
It's a hectic lifestyle but a rewarding one.
"We live in Benaraby and I started home schooling when our eldest was in Prep," she said.
"My husband is the pastor of a church and it gives us more family time and makes weekends more free."
"We wouldn't have it any other way."