The Webb family are (back, from left) David, Liam, Nathan, Peter, Isaac, Nancy, James, (front, from left) Rebecca, Owen, Paul, Xavier, Fiona holding Brigid and Thomas.
The Webb family are (back, from left) David, Liam, Nathan, Peter, Isaac, Nancy, James, (front, from left) Rebecca, Owen, Paul, Xavier, Fiona holding Brigid and Thomas. Nev Madsen

Brigid makes an even dozen

IT'S a busy dinner table for Toowoomba's Webb family. They now have 14 mouths to feed.

Paul and Fiona Webb, of Rockville, recently welcomed newest addition Brigid to their family, bringing their tally to 12 children.

Married in Laidley in 1990, they both moved to Toowoomba 17 years ago where they have continually added to their growing brood over the years.

"We both came from big families of nine so (having kids) was a natural progression of being married," Mrs Webb said.

After the arrival of so many new brothers and sisters into the house, it might be expected the excitement would slightly wear off for the kids.

Not so, according to Mrs Webb.

"They still get so excited," she said.

"I remember when we had the seventh one, everyone wanted to be in the same room as him so we had a room full of kids."

She said coping with so many children came naturally after each one they had.

"You just work it out," she said.

"The children grow and then they can help themselves."

The kids now range in age from newborn Brigid to the eldest David who is 19 and currently at university.

Thankfully, Mr and Mrs Webb said the elder children were always helping look out for their younger siblings. All of the children are home-schooled while each has their own interests.

Nathan, 14, is an avid vegetable gardener, David an IT whiz while others perform and play musical instruments.

Both Mr and Mrs Webb said they're not finished expanding the family yet and would love to have kids in future.

"We need some more girls to even it up," Mrs Webb said.


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