Octomom Prepares to Celebrate Eight First Birthdays
Any mom who's planned a first-birthday party knows how stressful it can be -- so imagine planning times eight. That's what Nadya Suleman, the infamous Octomom, did recently when she prepared for the first anniversary of the birth of her octuplets.
Suleman, who makes the tabloids' jobs very, very easy, is celebrating the first birthday of the eight babies conceived through in vitro fertilization. The serial mom already had six kids -- one of whom has autism, and 3-year-old twins who have special needs -- when she gave birth to the octuplets on Jan. 26, 2009.
One year later, the babies are officially healthy, robust toddlers-to-be, according to NBC's "Today" show.
"There's nothing wrong with any of them, praise God," Suleman's attorney, Jeff Czech tells "Today." "They're perfect babies. Perfect in the sense that there's nothing wrong with them healthwise."
He adds that our favorite mom of multiples knows she has her work cut out for her as the babies get bigger and more mobile.
"The eight are really just now starting to become work," Czech says. "For all this time, for the most part, they were laying around in a crib. Now they're starting to be a lot of work ... It's going to be hard for her, and she's aware of that."
Suleman herself has been in the news again lately thanks to her new, bikini-ready post-baby body. Photos in the the Feb. 1 edition of Star magazine show her frolicking in not one, but two different teeny, tiny bathing suits. According to "Today," she claims that her miraculous transformation from human incubator to beach bunny was all natural.
"No way. I would feel like I cheated!" Suleman tells Star. "I don't care what other people think, but I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it on my own, naturally. My friends call me 'rubber band' because I always snapped back so quickly after my other kids. ... I was always back to a size two in a couple of months. I have to credit that to genetics!"
Genetics or not, we can't help but be envious that even her stretch marks appear to be gone. What does remain, though, are the eight babies that caused them. Happy first birthday to little Maliyah, Makai, Isaiah, Noah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Jonah and Nariyah -- we can't wait to see what your mom will be up to in the next 12 months.
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