Octuplets Mom "Has No Idea What She's Doing," Says Grandma

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Octuplets grandma Angela Suleman is speaking out against her increasingly kooky daughter Nadya -- the OctoMom. Her initial support for her daughter's choice to carry eight babies to term is apparently waning as new information reveals the unemployed serial mom was on already public assistance before giving birth two weeks ago.

The world got to see the precious eight this morning on The Today Show. And now we know their names: Maliah, Noah, Jonah, Isaiah, Nariah, Jeremiah, McCai and Josiah. All coming home to Elijah, 7, Amerah, 6, Joshua, 5, Aidan, 3, Calyssa, 2, and her twin brother Caleb. Biblical names for a pregnancy, birth(s) and homelife of biblical proportions.

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.

    David McNew, Getty Images

    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

When I watched the interview and heard Angela say, "I'm tired," I was surprised that wasn't the end of the sentence. I have two kids and I'm always tired. Right now all I want to do is take a nap. And I'm under 40 (just under 40, but under). Angela Suleman is older than that and is raising six children. (The video is worth watching, but be warned: it will make you mad. Very mad.)In a video interview with RadarOnline, Angela says "to have them all ... is unconscionable to me ... I'm really tired ... of taking care of those six, I need her to think of what she's gonna do, and how she's going to provide for all these children." OctoGranny also says that Nadya never told her that she had received money from her insurance; it seems OctoMom isn't dipping into her own wallet to pay for her kids' food. (Her publicist claimed that she had a job, but that appears to be bogus.)

Also disturbing is the condition of the Suleman's house. It's not the worst you've seen, but it's definitely a mess. The kids look okay, which is important. Still, who knows? What kind of life can they look forward to?

OctoMom is clearly a mega kook. I have no proof of this whatsoever, but it looks to me like she had plastic surgery to get Angelina Jolie's lips. There's even a theory floating around that her baby obsession also stems from a desire to emulate Angie. As a non-working woman collecting disability payments, she probably isn't the most desirable candidate to adopt. So being a brood mare (a term I learned on Big Love, so get mad at them, not me) was her only option.

Feel like I'm jumping to conclusions? Let's review the facts:
  • Nadya Suleman had her children – all 14 of them – via in vitro fertilization.
  • She lives with her mother in a three-bedroom house.
  • She is unmarried and, as far as we know, without a boyfriend or partner.
  • According to her own mother she isn't contributing financially to her children's care.
  • The six older kids are all very, very young; between the ages of two and seven. The 3-year-old is autistic, according to a former caregiver.
  • And now she has eight premature babies in the NICU, just waiting to come home.
Most important, though, is the fact that Angela Suleman, a retired teacher, is the one raising her daughter's six children. Something tells me she won't do the same for the next eight.

What would you do if Nadya was your daughter? And do you think she's as crazy as she looks and sounds?

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