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.”
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.
Suleman’s latest share won raves. People commented that she was a “wonderful mom” and “an inspiration.”
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