Octomom’ Nadya Suleman, 45-year-old, who has a total of 14 children, took to Instagram on Tuesday night to wish a happy birthday to the eight children she Fᴀᴍᴏᴜsʟʏ welcomed ᴠɪᴀ ɪɴ ᴠɪᴛʀᴏ Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ( ⒾⓋⒻ) in 2009. She has opened up about how ᴀʟʟ ʙᴜᴛ ᴏɴᴇ of her kids are now vegan.
Nadya was 21-years-old and divorced when she began ⒾⓋⒻ in 1997, using money from a $165,000 settlement she got from sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ at work. She got ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ five times, once with fraternal twins, before Bᴇᴠᴇʀʟʏ Hɪʟʟs Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪsᴛ Dʀ. Mɪᴄʜᴀᴇʟ Kᴀᴍʀᴀᴠᴀ ᴛʀᴀɴsFᴇʀʀᴇᴅ 12 ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs into her ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs in one go. Nonetheless, Nadya gave birth to the octuplets at 31 weeks in 2009, with 46 ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs and ɴᴜʀsᴇs on hand to ᴘᴇʀFᴏʀᴍ ᴛʜᴇ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. Six boys and two girls weighing between 1 lb. 8 oz. and 3 lbs. 4 oz were ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ. The siblings became the ʟᴏɴɢᴇsᴛ sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ sᴇᴛ ᴏF ᴏᴄᴛᴜᴘʟᴇᴛs to be born in the US. Now, she has celebrated her octuplets twelfth birthday with an adorable snap. Nadya also shared an adorable photo of the siblings wearing animal onsies, with two cradling cats in their arms.
The mum wrote: “Happy 12th birthday to 8 of the most kind, caring, and respectful kids I have ever known. Your ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀssɪᴏɴ for all living things and value of humbly serving others is the definition of love. You make my heart full, and have blessed our lives abundantly. I am honored to be your mother. I love you Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai. I know grandma would be incredibly proud, and is lovingly looking down upon you from above.” Nadya has been ʜᴇᴀᴠɪʟʏ ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄɪsᴇᴅ in the past by people who believe she had too many ᴄʜɪʟᴅʀᴇɴ that she ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ afford to care for. But, the proud mother explained that she has sometimes had to ɴᴏᴛ ᴘᴜsʜ in order to pay her bills. Now, Nadya’s younger kids are featured predominantly in her social media photos, but she will occasionally post pictures of the older ones with their permission. Earlier this year, she opened up about her family’s healthy lifestyle, sharing that 13 out of her 14 kids are vegan.
Nadya said she did not push her kids into following the ᴇᴛʜɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴅᴇ. The family’s diets now consist of “whole, plant-based foods with nearly no added ingredients”, aside from spices. The mum claims the healthy and environmentally friendly ᴅɪᴇᴛ sᴛᴏᴘs her and her kids from getting sɪᴄᴋ.