Octomom, the Parent the World Loved to Hate and What She’s Doing Today

She’s faded from the public spotlight, but there was a time when ‘Octomom’ and her 14 children were all anyone wanted to talk about.

Big Hopes

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As an only child born to immigrant parents (her father is Iraqi and her mother Lithuanian), Nadya Suleman grew up on a perpetual quest for belonging and emotional bonding with other people she never had with the absence of brothers and sisters. All she wanted as an adult was to have a loving family of her own so that she could develop the connections she never had as a child with her own children.

In her pursuit of family happiness and the want for a large family, events would unfold that would change her life in big way. Hers would be a story that some would embrace as a miracle. Others looked at it with disdain.

The First Steps to Motherhood

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Having a family is one thing, but Suleman jumped right into the parenthood fray as a single mom as soon as she was out of high school in southern California.

College was also part of her overall life game plan, but for her motherhood was always the main focus. It is true that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, and a very young and naive Nadya would eventually see her family dream fulfilled — to the extreme.