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Mother of quintuplets, 30, who is raising eight children under 12, splits from husband

A mother known for giving birth to Australia’s very first naturally conceived quintuplets has been separated from her husband.

Kim Tucci, 30, of Perth, had three children four years ago and thought she would be ‘four and ready’ when she became a one in 55 million statistic and gave birth to Australia’s first ever naturally-conceived quins.

Now Kim has announced that she is splitting from her husband Vaughn after the couple had ‘outgrown’ their relationship and said she ‘really lost myself’.

Despite the breakup, the mother of eight added that she and Vaughn plan to bring their many children together as a “team.”

A mother known for giving birth to Australia's very first naturally conceived quintuplets has been separated from her husband (Kim Tucci pictured with one of her children)

A mother known for giving birth to Australia’s very first naturally conceived quintuplets has been separated from her husband (Kim Tucci pictured with one of her children)

Kim Tucci, 30, of Perth, had three children four years ago and thought she would be 'four and ready' when she became a one in 55 million statistic and gave birth to Australia's first ever naturally-conceived quins (the depicted quintuplets)

Kim Tucci, 30, of Perth, had three children four years ago and thought she would be 'four and ready' when she became a one in 55 million statistic and gave birth to Australia's first ever naturally-conceived quins (the depicted quintuplets)

Kim Tucci, 30, of Perth, had three children four years ago and thought she would be ‘four and ready’ when she became a one in 55 million statistic and gave birth to Australia’s first ever naturally-conceived quins (the depicted quintuplets)

Now Kim has announced that she is splitting from her husband Vaughn after the couple 'outgrew' their relationship and said she 'really lost myself' (the couple pictured in happier days)

Now Kim has announced that she is splitting from her husband Vaughn after the couple 'outgrew' their relationship and said she 'really lost myself' (the couple pictured in happier days)

Now Kim has announced that she is splitting from her husband Vaughn after the couple ‘outgrew’ their relationship and said she ‘really lost myself’ (the couple pictured in happier days)

Kim (photo with her kids) said she was quiet lately as she learned to put her happiness first for the first time in her life

Kim (photo with her kids) said she was quiet lately as she learned to put her happiness first for the first time in her life

Kim (photo with her kids) said she was quiet lately as she learned to put her happiness first for the first time in her life

“I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately. The past few months have been one of the hardest times I’ve ever experienced, ”Kim posted her 58,000 followers Instagram on Thursday.

“I had to learn to put my happiness first and it was a very difficult lesson to learn.”

Kim went on to say that she and Vaughn have decided that “unfortunately we don’t have a future together” and that they will not continue as a couple “but rather a team for our beautiful children.”

“Marriage is difficult when children come along, it’s hard not to lose each other in the process, and sometimes two people can really outgrow a relationship and is the only way to move forward in separate directions,” Kim explained.

“… I’ve really lost myself in recent years, I didn’t know my own place in life and I was so unsure who I was. I was also afraid of the judgment I would make if I were my authentic self. ‘

Kim (photo) said that she and Vaughn have decided that 'unfortunately we have no future together', and that they will not continue as a couple 'but rather a team for our beautiful children'

Kim (photo) said that she and Vaughn have decided that 'unfortunately we have no future together', and that they will not continue as a couple 'but rather a team for our beautiful children'

Kim (pictured with Vaughn) said that she and Vaughn have decided that 'unfortunately we have no future together', and that they will not continue as a couple 'but rather a team for our beautiful children'

Kim (pictured with Vaughn) said that she and Vaughn have decided that 'unfortunately we have no future together', and that they will not continue as a couple 'but rather a team for our beautiful children'

Kim (left and right with Vaughn) said that she and Vaughn have decided that ‘unfortunately we have no future together’, and they will not continue as a couple ‘but rather a team for our beautiful children’

Kim went on to say that while she’s “sad to close this chapter of her life,” she’s excited to see what the future holds.

The 30-year-old mother of eight added that she had “major depression” not too long ago.

“I felt like I was losing control of reality,” she said.

“Now I have let go of all negativity, I am the happiest I have been in such a long time. I’m happy Vaughn is happy and I know that life can only get better from here for both of us. ‘

The two parents will continue to raise their eight children under 12 together (the quintuplets shown)

The two parents will continue to raise their eight children under 12 together (the quintuplets shown)

The two parents will continue to raise their eight children under 12 together (the quintuplets shown)

“Marriage is difficult when children come along, it’s hard not to lose each other in the process and sometimes two people can really outgrow a relationship and is the only way forward in separate directions,” explained Kim (pictured with Vaughn)

Kim and Vaughn got together in their teens and then had three children in their twenties before becoming the parents of Australia's first naturally conceived quintuplets in 2016 (the quins pictured)

Kim and Vaughn got together in their teens and then had three children in their twenties before becoming the parents of Australia's first naturally conceived quintuplets in 2016 (the quins pictured)

Kim and Vaughn got together in their teens and then had three children in their twenties before becoming the parents of Australia’s first naturally conceived quintuplets in 2016 (the quins pictured)

Kim and Vaughn got together in their teens and then had three children in their twenties before becoming the parents of Australia’s first naturally conceived quintuplets in 2016.

What are Kim’s best parenting tricks?

* Remove the toilet brush from the bathroom during toilet training.

* Keep talcum powder in your car to remove excess sand after a trip to the beach.

* Soak your children’s clothes in boiling water for several hours to remove berry stains.

* Keep diapers everywhere so you never get caught without them – from the car to the garage to the house.

There was no history of multiple births in Kim’s family, but Kim and Vaughn said they decided ‘we can do this’ when they became parents to eight children overnight.

Since then, the lives of the Tuccis have been a whirlwind of diapers, eating, bedtime, and bathing – while juggling busy family life with careers and homework.

Kim spoke to FEMAIL earlier this year and offered a peek into her busy household – where she’s been known to go through ’30 pairs of underwear a day ‘while potty training her quins.

“The best thing I’ve learned with potty training is that you have to remove the toilet brush for the duration of the workout,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

“Otherwise, they all just play with it and try to put it in their mouth without realizing it shouldn’t be eaten.

“You should definitely keep diapers everywhere too – including the car and the garage.

“Sometimes I haven’t had enough of me and there has been a shit explosion.”

The mother of eight told her other tricks about parenting, including soaking her children’s clothes in boiling water to remove berry stains and keeping talc in the car to remove sand after a day at the beach.

“You just rub it on their sandy bodies and they don’t carry it in the car,” she said.

There was no history of multiple births in Kim's family, but Kim and Vaughn said they decided 'we can do this' when they became parents to eight children at night (the quins depicted as babies)

There was no history of multiple births in Kim's family, but Kim and Vaughn said they decided 'we can do this' when they became parents to eight children at night (the quins depicted as babies)

There was no history of multiple births in Kim’s family, but Kim and Vaughn said they decided ‘we can do this’ when they became parents to eight children at night (the quins depicted as babies)

Over the years, Kim has also learned how to budget best for her little ones - she admits spending only $ 350 on feeding her family of ten a week (the kids in the photo at the dining table)

Over the years, Kim has also learned how to budget best for her little ones - she admits spending only $ 350 on feeding her family of ten a week (the kids in the photo at the dining table)

Over the years, Kim has also learned how to budget best for her little ones – she admits spending only $ 350 on feeding her family of ten a week (the kids in the photo at the dining table)

Kim said she has all sorts of parenting tricks up his sleeve, including keeping sand in the car, which helps remove sand from the beach (the kids on the beach)

Kim said she has all sorts of parenting tricks up his sleeve, including keeping sand in the car, which helps remove sand from the beach (the kids on the beach)

Kim said she has all sorts of parenting tricks up his sleeve, including keeping sand in the car, which helps remove sand from the beach (the kids on the beach)

What are Kim’s best budget tips?

* Look around and go to multiple supermarkets to get the best deals.

* Embrace Flybuys and make sure to activate the rewards before shopping. Kim uses all the money she saves for Christmas presents.

* Buy the items you know you need in bulk, such as washing liquid and washing powder.

* Buy your fruits and vegetables in bulk to save money.

* Cook everything in one big cook to make sure everything is eaten.

* Buy private label items and choose the cheapest items for each type of food. They are often just as good.

Kim has also learned how to budget best for her little ones – she admits spending just $ 350 on feeding her family of ten a week.

“I usually do a big shop on weekends and go to Coles, Woolworths and Aldi to make sure I buy from the cheapest supermarket,” she said.

“I also buy all our fruit and vegetables at a local market, because it is cheaper.”

Kim said the items that go down the fastest in her household are what you’d expect: bread, milk, and cheese.

“We’re probably going through eight or nine loaves a week, 60-70 pieces of fruit, 20 liters of milk, and a giant block of cheese,” she said.

“But I’m getting the 85-cent bread instead of the $ 4 option. You know what? They won’t know the $ 4 stuff. ‘

The mother of eight said she was “lucky” because none of her children were picky eaters.

“But I do have a recipe in store that will make them eat any vegetables they might be complaining about a bit,” she said.

Kim said if she doesn’t bother cooking well one night, she just warms up some spaghetti, throws all of her leftover veggies, including sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, and zucchini, in the oven with their skins on and then leaves them beat in the blender.

“I turn that into a pasta sauce and sometimes add some meat and they have no idea they get that much vegetables,” she said.

She also likes to anticipate the breakfast rush – by preparing large portions of porridge that simply need to be warmed up in the morning and making sure all the bowls and spoons are ready the night before.

Kim naturally gave birth to the quintuplets (photo pregnant with the quins) and has received a surge of support since announcing she split from her partner

Kim naturally gave birth to the quintuplets (photo pregnant with the quins) and has received a surge of support since announcing she split from her partner

Kim naturally gave birth to the quintuplets (photo pregnant with the quins) and has received a surge of support since announcing she split from her partner

After sharing the news of her breakup online, Kim was praised by others who are divorced and have children:

“What a strong lady. Glad to see you’ve reached a happy place, ‘wrote one commenter.

“Thinking of you and your family. I’ve been through it all and know how heartbreaking it can be, ”added another.

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