Nine children in nine years would be more than enough for most women – but supermum Rayna Warriner is already planning number 10. Rayna’s most recent arrival daughter Avie was born just three weeks ago. Taking care of a large family is not easy. The children in turn Eryn, 16, Jackson, 14, Harrison, 13, Callan, 11, Taitum, 10, triplets Meredith, Romany, and Ilish, aged eight and Avie, six. But recently, the mother was planning to have another baby.
Rayna Warriner, 32, from Bournemouth, Dorset said:” I’m hooked on the adrenaline rush I get from having a beautiful baby and it is a miracle that lasts a lifetime. We have got one more seat to fill in our minibus – so who knows! I love being in ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ and get a real buzz out of giving birth.” Her husband Malcolm, Police sergeant, 45, said: “When we got married 10 years ago Rayna said she’d like four children and I joked I wanted eight. We agreed to settle for six but it hasn’t worked out that way.” Avie follows triplet sisters Ilish, Romany and Meredith, aged 23 months, Taitum, three, brothers Callan, four, Harrison, six, and Jackson, eight, and big sister Eryn, nine.
Warriner said: “I had a word with Avie in ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ to tell her to behave for her ᴍᴜᴍᴍʏ and it seems to have worked. She has slotted in fine and even sleeps through the night, which is just as well. When I brought her home the triplets thought she was a doll until she moved. Now they dote on her. After the triplets were born we made a conscious decision that we would have one more. But I think my body found the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ a lot harder this time than the previous ones and maybe that is nature’s way of saying enough is enough. We haven’t had a holiday for years or a night out together. We don’t have a social life but I don’t feel I’m missing out.” The older kids are taken to school and nursery then Warriner returns to look after the tots, as well as fitting in the housework and doing four loads of washing before it’s time for the school run again.
She said:” Normally I’m up until after midnight making up lunch boxes for the next day. People think we are mad but the children are our life and bring us so much pleasure. We have had nine in nine years. I think if there had been a gap of a few years in between each of them I would have found it much more difficult to cope with the sleepless nights. As it is, these past nine years have just been one long routine of 18-hour days.” With holidays, the Warriner’s busy schedule is precisely military planned. To ensure she sticks to her strict budget of £3,000, she starts shopping for bargain gifts in the New Year sales – 11 months before the big day.
She said :” For most people holidays is busy but for me it’s an average day. I hear people tell me they are worried because they have nine people coming for dinner, and then it dawns on them that it’s a usual thing for me. But it is brilliant fun and I love making it magical for the children, it makes me feel like I have done my job for them. I think the key to running holidays smoothly with a big family like ours is organisation, and also realising that you are only one person and you can only do your best. I happy with my family.”