Sharing their story. “Octomom” Nadya Suleman opened up about her son Aidan’s special needs in a Monday, August 20, Instagram video.
“This is my adolescent infant Aidan,” the California native, 44, captioned the social media footage. “He is 14 years old, going on one in his head. Aidan is severely autistic and [needs] total care. He requires complete assistance in meeting all needs in activities of daily living. Aidan is non-verbal, requires feeding, changing (he is not potty trained), bathing, and one-to-one supervision, as he has no safety awareness and would walk aimlessly into traffic. I, his mother, am, and always have been, his ONLY care provider. This ‘job’ is my life (other than caring for 13 other children singlehandedly). My children are my LIFE.”
She added, “Why did I choose to share this aspect of my life on the same day as my other kids’ first day of school, as opposed to posting an adorable picture? For a couple reasons. First, to describe the details of my REAL life, not a ‘perfect’ depiction of what I want people to perceive my life to be. Second, to provide a contextualization for both my supportive followers, and the condemnatory critics, as to what truly matters in my life: my family.”
In the Instagram upload, Aidan sat outside while his mom called him her “baby” and her “angel” from behind the camera.
In 2009, Suleman made headlines when she gave birth to octuplets, six boys and two girls conceived via in vitro fertilization. She already had six other children.
Suleman opened up to TheNew York Times in December 2018 about raising her 14 vegan children in a three-bedroom townhouse in California. Her brood helps out with the cooking, eats in shifts and some sleep on the couch.
Octomom Nadya Suleman's kids in recent years
Octomom Nadya Suleman's kids in recent years
Been recently reflecting on how blessed I truly am. Mother’s Day can be an emotionally painful day for many. I feel your sadness. Throughout the six years of infertility (including miscarriages) I struggled with nearly 25 years ago, 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. I am grateful for the battles I’ve fought, and the challenges I continue to face, as they have forged, shaped and strengthened me into the mom I am today.
For those of you who have lost your mom (as I had over four years ago) or perhaps experienced the most devastating of all loses, a child...I can only hope and pray God bestows upon you some semblance of peace.
Thank you to all my wonderfully loving children, (even to my eldest Eli who despises pictures), for creating beautiful art, writing heartwarming notes, and showering me with love. You are my life. My heart. I love you. ❤️
So THIS is what happened when we attempted to take a fun family photo with as many family members as possible. Per usual, Elijah, Amerah, and JJ are absent from the pic (growing up I despised taking photos so I understand and don’t force them). Aidan had enough of sitting and threw his head back nearly hitting mine, so this may explain why I look, ummm...startled 😱#FamilyPhotoAttempt #ILookPossessed #PenelopeIsUnbothered 😂
Any other parents exceptionally stressed and overwhelmed the first week back to school? 😩 I must admit six (yes I said six!) drop offs and pick ups monopolize most of my day, as I am an official bus driver (but wouldn’t have it any other way lol). Per usual, none of the older kids want anything to do with taking a picture, as much as I begged! 😂#BackToSchool #BackToStressAndNoSleepingIn 😝
Thank you so much @dr_oz for having my family on your show. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share part of our story with you and your viewers! And thank you to supporters who take valuable time out of your lives to follow our journey. Airs May 3rd.
Orange County play...#IsaiahTheDoctor #MaliyahAndJonahTheFarmers #JosiahTheCowboy #JonahTheGoldMiner #JeremiahTheCaptain #MakaiAndNariyahTheNativeAmericans #NoahTheBusinessManSurferAndSquareDancer #GrowingUpTooFast
One of our favorite family fun night meals...#VeganTacos #MixtureOfOrganicBeans #ChoppedSpinachRedOrangeAndYellowBellPepper #DaiyaCheese #AndOfCourseLotsOfWater 😋
Russ Miller Memorial 5k race. Run for Ross was in memory of a fallen officer who died in the line of duty. The kids were so grateful and proud to be apart of this cause as it raised money for scholarships, and honored the law enforcement officer who placed (and lost) his life on the line for our safety. #RunForRoss #5k
Had to share the first day of third grade! Caleb and Calyssa didn't want me to "embarrass" them by taking a pic lol...#TheyWereAllSoExcited #FirstDayOfSchool #GladSummerIsFinallyOver 😂
Wishing all you loving, nurturing, tirelessly, hard working moms out there a Happy Mother's Day, from all of us...#HardestJobOnEarth #ButMostRewarding #HappyMothersDay #Blessed ❤️