You could call 13-year-old Jillian Schnerch the ultimate big sister. As the oldest of nine children (yes you heard that right), she's had her hand in helping babysit, feed, clothe and raise her younger siblings.
And as someone who his the oldest of six children, I can relate. The older siblings have got it rough. Once all the younger siblings come along, you become second in command– or a permanent helper, so to speak.
When it came to choosing her Halloween costume this year, Jillian did not hold back. She chose a costume that represented her mother in the day-to-day. There's no glitz or glamour here folks! This costume is scary because it's REAL!
Having nine kids can make you feel like you're running a marathon every single day.
via: ShutterstockJillian gets to witness first-hand what it's like to be a tired mom. She sees it play out in her own home, with eight young siblings, who can be tricky to manage. In a statement, her mom shared that "She is our biggest helper and loves her eight siblings so much, but they also tire her out, so she could relate perfectly." I'm with you, Jillian.
Big families can operate more like a circus than they do an assembly line.
via: ShutterstockIf you grew up in a big family, you know it's not all fun and games. It might seem like a constant play date or never-ending sleepover to the outside world, but that's not always the case. Like Jillian, older siblings tend to step into a similar parental role; changing diapers, feeding kids or winding them down for bedtime. And this isn't easy. Have you ever tried to change a diaper on a squirmy baby? It's an actual sport.