Octuplets' Mom has "Breeding Disorder"

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Can being an only child make you crazy? According to Nadya Suleman's mom, the answer is yes. The grandmother of the California octuplets and their six siblings told Us Magazine that her daughter never liked being a singleton, and blames her desire for siblings for the younger woman's gigantic family. "She was always upset I didn't have more [children]," Angela Suleman said.

But, her mother adds, "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."

We're all wondering what was in Nadya Suleman's mind about right now.

California Octuplets

    The reported grandfather of the octuplets escorts two children to a bus outside the Suleman home in Whittier, CA. The mother, Nadya Suleman, has six other children.

    Jason Redmond, AP

    Araceli Castro, right, who identified herself as a nanny, talks to reporters as she arrives at the Whittier, CA, home of a woman who gave birth to octuplets this week.

    Jason Redmond, AP

    Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center nursing staff who delivery octuplets on January 27, 2009. The six boys and two girls weighing between 1 pound, 8 ounces, and 3 pounds, 4 ounces were born nine weeks premature by Caesarean section and are all in stable condition.

    Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center

    Dr. Jalil Riazi, right, and Dr. Karen Maples at a news conference on the octuplets that were born at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in Bellflower, CA. Doctors say the octuplets, six girls and two boys, are a feisty bunch that appear healthy after being born kicking and crying.

    Nick Ut, AP

    Doctors hold a press conference at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center after delivering octuplets. Doctors, expecting seven babies, were surprised by the birth of an eighth infant.

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    Television news vans outside the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in Bellflower, CA, the day after a mother gave birth to eight babies in this hospital south of Los Angeles, the world's second live-born set of octuplets.

    Damian Dovarganes, AP

    The home of the Nadya Suleman, the Whitier, CA, woman who gave birth to octuplets.

    Damian Dovarganes, AP

    The World's First Octuplets: Nkem Chukwu, 29, right rear, her husband Iyke Louis Udobi, 41, center, and her mother Janet Chukwu, from Houston, pose with their eight children. Chukwu and Udobi are parents of the world's first octuplets born in 1998, but one child died a week after birth. Their little sister Favor, 6, third from right, joined the family in 2002.

    Bebeto Matthews, AP



"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," said Angela Suleman. "I did go to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist once. I wanted to see what was going on with her."

Suleman says that when Nadya was a child, "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."

Clearly, it did not.

What baffles me the most about this story is how Suleman's parents -- who are living with her and her six older children, and who knew of her plans to get pregnant again -- stood by and did nothing when she decided to get pregnant again, despite their recent acknowledgements that their daughter's obsession with children was unusual. Now the family is facing the enormous cost of raising fourteen children, including eight babies who may very well have serious health issues.

It seems too easy to say, oh it's because she was an only child.

What do you think -- should Nadya Suleman's parents have stepped in sooner? Or are they making excuses for their daughter in the hope that people will feel badly for her -- and them?

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