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And you thought planning a birthday party for one kid was an ordeal.
Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets known to the world as “Octomom” celebrated the first birthday of her famous multiples -- six sons and two daughters -- on Saturday (two days before their Jan. 26 birthday). In a photo shot at their La Habra, Calif., home, Suleman and the eight birthday kids posed with a chocolate cake and colorful balloons.
Suleman, 34, told Star magazine that the real party would be much more low-key, with eight tiny cakes for the kids. (For the recent Star exclusive, Suleman appeared alone on the cover, showing off her “bikini body” in a red two-piece and offering tips on how she got into shape, "down to 120 lbs. from a whopping 270.")
But beyond the balloons, bikinis and media hype, questions about Suleman remain. An Associated Press article points out that one year after the historic birth of her octuplets, Suleman, who also has six other children, is still a “single, unemployed woman [who] seems to have learned that the one way to raise her 14 kids is to exploit the celebrity media for attention and money that can be used to bring up her brood.”
According to the AP, Suleman tells Star she sleeps only two hours a day, has three live-in nannies and has friends who sometimes take a child for several days to ease her load. Last year Suleman signed a deal with European production company Eyeworks to make the one-hour documentary My Life as an Octomom; Suleman’s 14 kids will get $250,000 over the next three years for appearing in the documentary, which aired on British television last November.
Suleman's lawyer Jeff Czech told TodayShow.com that the octuplets -- Maliyah, Makai, Isaiah, Noah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Jonah and Nariyah -- are all healthy. “There’s nothing wrong with any of them, praise God,” he said.
Indeed, the eight babies (conceived as a result of IVF treatments) are reportedly now mobile and toddling around, which should add an interesting new twist to home life for Suleman and her three nannies. “They’re starting to be a lot of work,” Czech said. “For all this time, for the most part, they were laying around in a crib... It’s going to be hard for her, and she’s aware of that.”
But Suleman is finding ways to survive -- namely, by cultivating her Octomom franchise. According to TodayShow.com, she has filed an application to trademark the name “Octomom,” which would enable her to use the name to market merchandise from clothing to diapers. Czech also says that Suleman is writing a memoir.
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