More than a decade after stories about Octomom giving birth to eight babies at once covered tabloid magazines and served as a pop-culture punchline, Natalie Suleman’s octuplets are looking happy and healthy.
Suleman, who previously used the first name Nadya, shared a photograph of all eight of her youngest kids Tuesday on social media. It shows the children, who turn 11 this month, smiling during a family outing to the park. Suleman noted in the caption that a snapshot with all eight octuplets — Noah; Jonah; Jeremiah; Josiah; Isaiah; Makai; Nariyah and Maliyah — is “a rare occurrence considering how crazy active and energetic they all are!”
She wrote in the caption that one of her older sons, Aidan, who has autism, was “distracted with sensory exploration in the dirt.”
Suleman has 14 children in all, and she regularly documents the family’s life on Instagram. However, she usually captures just a few at a time. This makes sense because they often have to go out in smaller groups. They even eat in shifts, according to the New York Times profile on the family published in December 2018.
The newspaper described the octuplets as “small for their age, but they’re polite, they cook, they’re vegan, they read two books a month and do their homework without being prompted. In spite of all of the horror stories in the tabloids since birth, they’re model fourth graders.”
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 ❤️
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Previous photos of the children show them cooking, celebrating a run and playing at the beach. A year ago, Suleman posted a sweet image of the eight babies together at the pool when they were four.