Nadya Suleman Shares a Photo with 10 of Her Children to Mark Her 'Octomom' Mother's Day
Nadya Suleman celebrated Mother's Day with a photo of ten of her children and a lengthy message reflecting on her life as a mom.
Suleman, 43, is best known as "Octomom" from when she gave birth to the world's last surviving octuplets ten years ago. In her message, Suleman made it clear just how much she loved all her kids.
The mother of 14 already had six children before she intentionally became pregnant again. She received tons of backlash and was accused of using the kids for financial gain when she eventually gave birth to eight more children.
Before that, though, Suleman struggled with infertility issues, as outlined in part of her lengthy message on Instagram. She shared part of her story with her followers, empathizing with those who were going through a similar experience.
"I believed God would never bless me with children. Unbeknownst to me back then, He had a plan greater than I could fathom. I learned to be patient, trusting, and accepting of the process throughout my obstacle-laden journey."
Suleman went on to say that she was grateful for the challenges she regularly faces because they helped make her into the mother she is today. Her own mom, Suleman wrote, died nearly four years ago, so she could relate to those who lost their mothers.
Finally, she thanked her children for all they did, in particular, for the "beautiful art [and] heartwarming notes" they created for her on Sunday. The picture showed a table covered in the cards the children made.
Suleman's octuplets were only the second set to be born alive in the country. After their arrival, Suleman struggled to provide for her 14 children. In a controversial move, she even filmed an adult movie at one point.
Back in December, Suleman gave an update on her and her kids, who were all conceived through invitro-fertilization. She revealed that she lives in a modest three-bedroom house in Orange County, California.
Some of the children sleep on couches, and shifts are organized for the children to eat. The family all eat raw vegan foods and avoid vaccines and medicines.
According to Suleman, she talks to her kids about everything, including her time as an adult film star. "They know, they went through it with me. It’s a huge weight lifted off of all of them when I went back to who I was," she said.
Suleman opened up about her false persona which she continued to display due to financial "chains." She said she did and said what she was told, and pretended to be something she wasn't.
Eventually, she stopped, and now Suleman is happy to be out of that situation. She's currently writing a book about her experience and, according to the New York Times, the kids are "model fourth graders."