They look so grown up!
It’s hard to believe that 13 years have passed since the world watched in awe as Nadya Suleman, the famous “Octomum,” gave birth to her eight children.
Already a mother of six children, Nadya (now known as Natalie after publicly shunning the name Octomum) expanded her family by an amazing eight children all at once in 2009 thanks to IVF.
As her “rare and unique” children enter their teenage years, the infamous multiple-mum is now paying a tender tribute to them on their thirteenth birthday.
She posted a precious throwback photo of her octuplets as young children snuggling on the couch with their mother and her father Edward Suleman.
The now-46-year-old wrote, “Happy 13th birthday to Nariyah, Isaiah, Maliyah, Jeremiah, Noah, Josiah, Jonah, and Makai!”
“You are all developing into some of the most compassionate, grateful, humble, and loving people I have ever met. You all stand out from other kids your age, especially in the context of the society we live in today, and each of you possesses rare and distinctive qualities. You are God-fearing, loving, altruistic, and non-materialistic followers of God. I’ve never seen kids love and want to help others (especially those who are less fortunate) as bravely and self-assuredly as each and every one of you does, she continued.
“You are not followers of this shallow world, but of a God who created and loves you unconditionally,” the proud mother, who frequently posts pictures of her expanding family on social media, concluded. I have no idea what I could have done to earn such abundant blessings. I love you
Dr. Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility specialist who had implanted Natalie for all six of her prior IVF pregnancies with an unidentified sperm donor, implanted Natalie with 12 embryos in 2008.
When she gave birth to eight children—six boys and two girls—named Noah, Josiah, Nariyah, Maliyah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Makai, she made international headlines and signed lucrative deals to promote the babies. She did this to capitalize on the interest in her incredibly unusual multiple pregnancy and birth.
When Nadya (Natalie) Suleman had 12 embryos implanted, eight of them stuck, she became well-known.
However, the 33-year-life old’s was not good, and she went to alcohol, and drugs and ran out of money. She once acknowledged that the strain had even driven her to consider suicide.
She recently admitted to The New York Times, “I have PTSD from all the reporters coming in throughout the years. “Back then, I used to allow them in and take anything I could. I was falling into a deep hole. Octomom had no favorable opportunities. I was acting in accordance with instructions and speaking as directed. When you’re pretending to be something you’re not, at least for me, you end up falling on your face.”
Many were concerned about the kids’ behavior because they all share a small three-bedroom home and some of them must sleep on the couch, but she has surprised everyone!
Additionally, Natalie is the mother of IVF-conceived twins Calyssa and Caleb, age 14, Elijah, 20, Amerah, 19, Joshua, 17, Aiden, 16, and Calyssa and Caleb, age 19.
The harried mother attributes her children’s good behavior to their raw vegan diet and claims to have withdrawn from the spotlight in an effort to raise them all in a healthy manner.
She told The New York Times, “Neither I nor my kids ever get sick.” “I’ve been feeding them wholesome meals continuously since Day One. I abhor cooking. I don’t live at home.
They are the only eight octuplets to have survived in human history, she continues. They were raised by me to be alert.
As a full-time counselor, Natalie needs the assistance of her family and friends to pick up and drop off her students at school.
The new mum had her hands full when she went from six to 14 children in just one day!
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 it’s 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.”