Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I'm Sorry, Did You Say EIGHT?


I'm sure by now you have all heard about the woman in California who conceived (in vitro), carried and birthed (via cesarean) 8 children. Yes, eight.

I'm absolutely fascinated by this and secretly excited for the day she takes over the Jon & Kate Plus 8 airtime. (Don't get me wrong, I love those kiddos...specifically Aaden...but is it just me or is Kate extra beeyotchy these days?) Anyway, I was perusing the internets to find some more information about this crazy woman and was SHOCKED to learn the following:
  • Nadya (babymomma to the octuplets) only knew about 7 of the babies. Little #8 was a delivery surprise!
  • She is a divorced single parent.
  • She also has three other sets of twins at home – all conceived by in-vitro fertilization using the same sperm donor.
  • The grandmother to the children (Nadya's mom, Angela) insists that Nadya has an "obsession" with children. Having them, that is.
  • Nadya has a degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton, and has been studying for a master's degree in counseling. (And she CHOSE to have a billion children?!)
  • Nadya had eight leftover frozen embryos from a previous in-vitro session and had them all implanted because she didn't want them destroyed. Later, when given the option to abort some of the resulting fetuses, she refused.

I cannot imagine what her life must be like. I get overwhelmed just thinking about Jon & Kate's trips to Costco...and this woman needs double what they do! Seriously, all the parenting logistics aside, how in the sam h-e-double-hockey-sticks does this woman afford to have that many kids? And what if all the twins were identical?? Now there's a parenting nightmare!

Dear WIP - Thank you for being just one. Love, Mom

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