(In the above pic the grandfather of the Californian octuplets takes his other grandchildren to the schoolbus)
The mother of the woman who gave birth to eight babies last week says her daughter blames her own childhood on her desire to have lots of children.
Nadya Suleman, 33, is now a mother to 14 children, after having another six boys and two girls on January 26th. All her children are a result of having in vitro fertilization
Speaking from her home in California, Nadya’s mother, Angela Suleman, told Us magazine, “She always blamed me for only having her. She was a single child. I was a teacher and I am retired now. I always asked other students how they liked it [being an only child] and they liked it, they didn’t have to share anything but she was different, she was always upset I didn‘t have more. But I don’t think she really knew. If she had brothers and sisters I don’t think she would have been happier sharing all that so it’s all what’s in your mind I think.”
Angela says Nadya first talked about having a large family when she was just a teenager.
She explained, “She always wanted a lot of kids. I have been supportive but you know now that I am thinking back, she wanted children so much that it was almost not normal as far as I am concerned. I did go and see a psychiatrist or a psychologist once. I wanted to see what was going on with her because she has always talked about having children and always being upset that she didn’t have siblings. I used to take her everywhere so she would have a lot of friends around of her own age group but I guess it didn’t really help.”
Nadya is only the second person in the U.S. to give birth to eight babies at once.
Wow….I can see how an only child could have the desire for a big, bustling family, but I think that only children are more likely to have a hard time actually handling taking care of such a large family as they are used to peace and queit and having plenty of personal space. Only children also don’t have experience with sibling rivalry…and she will have A LOT of that to deal with!