Wow! Octomum's EIGHT kids turn ten - and you won't believe how they've turned out!
Nadya Suleman shot to fame when she announced she was having eight kids at once - giving her a total of 14 children!
By Practical Parenting team
January 20 2019
Nadya Suleman, the world-famous Octomum, is about to celebrate her EIGHT kids turning 10 - and just look at them now!
The mum of 14 kids altogether (she has six older ones) now goes by the name Natalie and refuses to be labelled as Octomum anymore. She's raising all her kids to be vegan and says she is writing a book about her experience as a mum of so many children.
Back in 2008, the mum was implanted with 12 embryos by Dr. Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility specialist who had also implanted her for all six of her previous IVF pregnancies with an unidentified sperm donor.
She hit the headlines all over the world and when she gave birth to six boys and two girls - Noah, Josiah, Nariyah, Maliyah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Makai -the Octomom signed very lucrative deals to show off the babies.
But life wasn't good for the 43-year-old and she turned to booze, drugs, had a short-lived career in porn and ran out of cash. At one point she admitted she was even suicidal from the pressure.
“I have PTSD from all the reporters coming in over the years," she recently told The New York Times. "I would take whatever I could back in the days, and I would let them in. I was spiraling down a dark hole. There were no healthy opportunities for Octomom. I was doing what I was told to do and saying what I was told to say. When you’re pretending to be something you’re not, at least for me, you end up falling on your face.”
Many questioned how the kids would turn out as they all live in a small three-bedroomed house and some have to sleep on the couch - but she's shocked everyone!
Posting on her Instagram the mum showed off all eight of the kids with two of their older sisters, after they took part in a 5k run just before Christmas.
Natalie credits a raw vegan diet with how well-behaved all her children are and says that she has now shunned the limelight in a bid to raise them all healthily.
"My kids don’t get sick, and neither do I,” she told The NY Times. “From Day 1, I’ve been giving them healthy food all the time. I hate cooking. I am not domestic.”
She adds, “They’re the only surviving eight octuplets in the history of mankind. I’ve raised them to be wide-awake.”
Natalie works as a full-time counsellor and relies on her family and friends to help with school pick-ups and drop-offs.
Although she's proud of all her children, she admits life hasn't been easy and she's not sure she would have implanted eight embryos if she had her time again - especially because of the toll its taken on her health. Despite a breast augmentation and some plastic surgery, Natalie says that her body has never been the same since her pregnancy with the octuplets.
“Four out of the five discs in my lumbar spine are ruptured, herniated fully," she says. "Think of a jelly doughnut being squashed, and it hits nerves, causing bilateral sciatica. And I have irreparable sacral damage. And I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on my foot on the right side for many years, and my fingers are numb all the time every day. The pregnancy caused it. The eight."