Back in 2009, Nadya Suleman AKA Octomom made headlines by carrying eight babies in one pregnancy and successfully delivering all of them alive! America was surely curious about her huge family. Keep reading to find out more about Nadya Suleman and her brood of children, how she ended up being Octomom, and what is keeping the family busy these days.
A Big Family
Nadya Suleman always dreamed of having a big family because she was an only child and longed for emotional attachment that she didn’t really have when she was growing up. As a matter of fact, her biggest dream was to raise a family and develop relationships with her very own future children. However, she had not foreseen that her great desire for a big, happy family would become the reason for her having to make difficult decisions that would change her life forever. Nevertheless, because of her strong determination to achieve her dream, the world was able to witness a miracle.
Becoming a Mother
After Nadya Suleman finished high school in California, she set off on a quest to make her dream of having a family come true, now as an adult and as a woman. Even though she also desired to attend college just like others her age, her dream of having children was still of the utmost importance. Nadya was a young woman, whom others say was a bit too naive for the world, who got what she had always wanted – in a big way! We really should be careful what we wish for.
Nadya’s First Love
When Nadya Suleman was in her early 20’s, she met produce manager Marcos Gutierrez. He must have been quite charming since Nadya felt an instant connection with him – a connection which turned into something deep and meaningful. She was definitely honest with Gutierrez and expressed her desire to become a mother. It was not a problem at first because just like Nadya, Gutierrez wanted to have kids of his own as well. Unfortunately, fate had other plans for them.
A Risky Occupation
Nadya married Marcos Gutierrez in 1996, the same year she became a licensed psychiatric technician after graduating from Mt. San Antonio College. She also started working at the psychiatric facility called Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California. Her job was certainly rewarding, but it was not easy and would even prove dangerous for Nadya. In spite of her primary goal of having a family, she also aimed at having a meaningful career, though an unfortunate event happened in her workplace which turned her life into one long roller-coaster ride.
On September 18th, 1999, a horrific event occurred at the psychiatric facility where Nadya Suleman was working, and she was caught right in the middle. Twenty patients started a riot at the facility, so Nadya immediately tried to intervene. In all the commotion, one female patient turned over a wooden desk but unfortunately, it landed on Nadya’s back and caused the herniated disc injury she has. Even though workers’ compensation provided some assistance and she received $170,000, the money only helped her get on for a while and it actually became the least of her worries.
A Goal Delayed
Due to Nadya’s work-related injury, she not only suffered physical pain but also emotional distress. The compensation she got helped her deal with things, but she had a paramount problem at the time. Even after the incident, she was still struggling to fulfil her lifelong goals in spite of her and her husband’s efforts. For three years, they had been trying their best to achieve Nadya’s dream of starting a family and even if they had attempted again and again, the result was the same all the time – no baby.
To find out what was wrong, Nadia and her husband decided to consult a professional, so they went to many doctors and were able to collect plenty of advice and tips on what to do to get pregnant. Because they desperately wanted to have a child, they followed all the instructions that they were given, but even after everything they did, they still could not conceive. Having failed every single time, Nadya lost hope that she would ever conceive and she eventually got depressed. Then, they learned the bitter truth that they were doing nothing wrong and that Marcos Gutierrez was actually sterile, which means that it was impossible for them to conceive the natural way, they had to start looking for other ways.
With her intense desire to have children, Nadya went on pushing the issue also because she believed that if the traditional way did not work for them, other methods had to be tried. However, Marcos was completely against them and the couple’s opposing views started to create a gap between Nadya and her husband. What pushed Marcos over the edge was Nadya suggesting that she undergo IVF or in vitro fertilization, which involves a fertilized egg being implanted into the uterus of a woman. Marcos told Nadya that if she pushed through with the said procedure, he would definitely leave her.
A Difficult Choice
Nadya had a difficult decision to make seeing as she had to choose between her love for Marcos and her biggest dream of having children. If she stayed married, she would have to give up her lifelong dream, so she decided to take a chance and pursue the thing that she always wanted. Even though it was really difficult for Nadya, she got a divorce in 2000. With her former husband no longer in her life, she made a decision to have IVF and start the family she always dreamed of, though things did not quite turn out as as she wanted.
There’s No Such Thing as Free Lunch
IVF (in vitro fertilization) is not really complicated, but its success rate is not 100% and its price tag is pretty hefty. However, all these factors did not discourage her one bit since at this point, Nadya was already sick of always failing. As for the procedure itself, most doctors recommended having several eggs fertilized in order to have a bigger chance at succeeding in the fertilization process. Actually, this entailed additional risk which would become really significant to Nadya, so would she be willing to take it?
One really important thing Nadya Suleman had to consider before going through the IVF procedure was the fact that if multiple fertilized eggs were implanted and all of them survived, the mother would be carrying multiple babies in one pregnancy. Actually, this factor makes the pregnancy very dangerous, but Nadya was set on having the family she had dreamed of and it seems her mantra had been “the more, the merrier.” All the same, some people still argued that carrying multiple babies in one pregnancy should have made her even a little scared. Nobody knew what the results would be.
Welcome to This World, Elijah!
The possibility of being pregnant with more than one baby is not always regarded as a risk, especially if a woman is hoping to bear twins or triplets – surely a good thing in that situation. Even though Nadya did not really hope to have twins or triplets, the outcome of the IVF procedure was amazing. At the very least, it was surely a success and in 2001, Nadya welcomed her first child, an adorable baby boy and named him Elijah. Finally, after all her struggles, Nadya had finally achieved her dream, but that was not the end for her, and in fact, she was only getting started.
Babies, Babies, And More Babies!
A year after she gave birth to Elijah, Nadya Suleman had another baby, but this time, the addition to her family was a girl whom she named Amerah. You would think that Nadya’s desire for having kids would already be satisfied after having two babies, but her positive experience of IVF encouraged her to have more treatments. She eventually gave birth to two fraternal twins and two other children, which made her a mom of six! In America and many other countries, six children is definitely more than enough, but Nadya somehow still had the desire to have more kids after welcoming her sixth child.
An Extreme Decision
What Nadya Suleman did next definitely shocked the world and in 2008, she made a decision which turned her into an instant celebrity. Since she was not completely satisfied with only six children, she decided to go back to Dr. Michael Kamrava, the doctor who helped her with all her past IVF procedures. She wanted to go through another IVF treatment and since she still had six eggs left from her previous treatments and she is pro-life, she decided to have them all implanted so that they would not go to waste. Nadya asked Dr. Kamrava to use all of the eggs at once but that is not the end.
At first, Dr. Kamrava felt hesitant to comply since the mother could possibly be in extreme danger if six eggs are implanted at once. According to him, however, he ended up implanting the six leftover eggs mostly because of Nadya’s insistence despite the fact that it could mean she would be pregnant with multiple babies. All the same, the most intriguing aspect about this whole thing is that Dr. Kamrava implanted twelve eggs! That is actually far more than the recommended number and is such a massive risk which is bound to have a pretty significant result.
Eight Babies on The Way
Nadya Suleman and Dr. Kamrava made a really bold move and one that was unprecedented. Implanting that many embryos was a really radical deviation from what is standard in medical practice, yet Nadya Suleman do no regret anything. Others would have felt aboslutely terrified, but Nadya was completely excited about it. Eight out of the twelve embryos they had implanted survived and Nadya got pregnant with eight babies all at once, but a person’s desire is not always the same as what they can handle, so the big question then was if Nadya was capable of bearing eight babies after having had six children previously.
Mother Of Eight – Octomom!
Nadya’s body was definitely under a lot of strain having to carry eight babies until term because carrying eight is much more than what the average woman could handle. Soon, the media found out about her story and Nadia, along with her kids, quickly became sensational. At this time, the nickname “Octomom” was born. Even though not all single moms in California get featured on the news, there was a reason behind Octomom’s notoriety – Nadya’s pregnancy was record-breaking.
Before she knew it, the moment of truth came for Nadya Suleman AKA Octomom – it was time for her to deliver her babies. Fortunately, all her eight babies were delivered safely and they all came out healthy, which must have been quite a relief for her. The sight was amazing to see and the world surely took notice seeing as Nadya’s case was actually the first ever in history and the whole world. Nadya’s children became the first ever set of octuplets that were born alive and survived longer than a week after being delivered.
All Eyes On Her
At that point, Nadya was just extremely happy to see and be able to hold her babies and she could not wait to introduce her little ones to their six older siblings, but the world was watching and they were skeptical about her ability to handle things. All the same, her amazing story was really sensational and everybody, especially the medical community, wanted to get their hands on all of the details. Doctors tried to talk to her soon after she gave birth to her octuplets because of the fact that Nadya’s pregnancy was such an extradordniary feat and she and her babies managed to survive. There were so many questions and people kept hounding her for answers.
Her Growing Fame
Even before she delivered her octuplets, Nadya was a media sensation already, with news channels, newspapers and websites all reporting about her unique pregnancy. People began recognizing her and despite the fact that not everybody knew her actual name, they knew her moniker: Octomom. Nadya tried to get out ahead of the story, or at the very least control what reports came out about her, and she thought of using the attention to support her large family financially. Nadya hired a public relations team shortly after she gave birth to her octuplets for her to be able to share her story with the public and to have some control over it, though this task proved extremely difficult.
A Pubic Persona
The media attention Nadya received remained the same after she gave birth to her eight babies, so she gained plenty of critics who would often accuse her of coveting the spotlight and even said that this was the real reason why she decided to take risks and had all her children. Meanwhile, Nadya needed to cope with the public persona she had earned and raise fourteen kids! Nadya found her fame more and more difficult to handle as time passed. Her pregnancy and delivery of her many children was already controversial, but Californians also assailed her for wasting taxpayers’ money and practically embodying everything that was negative about modern American society, with some going as far as making threats!
In spite of the negativity she was getting, there were still people who supported Nadya and adored her kids, but still, the media attention and exposure eventually became too much for her. She did not achieve her goal of controlling the story and when she realized this, Nadya decided to make the bold move of opening up about her struggles. Nadya was interviewed by People magazine and she gave her reaction about the caricatures that were made about her. “I don’t get much sleep, about two or three hours a night. But I’m continuing to move forward with my life and trying to be the best mother I can be,” she said but her attitude towards all the attention she was getting still made a lot of people skeptical about her.
A Grim Situation
Even years after she gave birth to her kids, speculations about Nadya Suleman were still being made and even though many in America continued to adore her and her kids, her critics did not back down and continued to share their skeptical remarks. Unfortunately, this began affecting her ability to raise her kids and there were reports that said Nadya’s situation is grim and she was at a low point in her life. She might have felt like the world was at odds with her and in spite of having 14 children, she still felt alone. Nadya was having a hard time raising all her 14 kids, so she needed to accept welfare but soon after, another challenge came her way which even government assistance could not handle.
Problems At Home
In the time that she had been in the spotlight, there were rumors that surfaced about Nadya mistreating her children. Being a single mom of fourteen kids would definitely be challenging and fully addressing the children’s needs must take a lot. Child Protective Services was even asked to look into the matter and an investigation on whether there was some truth to Nadya neglecting her children was carried out. However, when Child Protective Services went to Nadya’s house, there were no signs of negligence on her part and they saw the rumors were baseless – they even declared her home as pretty suitable for kids.
Forced to Move Out
Unfortunately, someone else who had the power to greatly affect Nadya’s life sharply disagreed with what Child Protective Services said about her home being suitable for her kids – her landlord. To be honest, he is among the few people that actually had the power to change her life and he said that Nadya violated her lease’s terms. He even revealed Nadya’s situation to the media before he evicted her and her 14 children. Nadya just wanted to be a good mother to her children, yet they were all now going to become homeless, so this drove her to desperate measures.
To Nadya’s dismay, there was no changing her landlord’s mind and Nadya and her fourteen kids had to move out! Even though she had a bad image in the media, as shown in caricatures, Nadya Suleman had always been the kind of mother who loved her children deeply, and she had always maintained that this was her real self. However, the pressing problem she was facing then was she did not have enough money to keep her family out of the streets. She needed some money and fast, so she tried going into the film industry, went into some businesses, and even attempted a music career.
Being in the spotlight is really stressful and all that stress eventually got to Nadya Suleman, so when she realized what was happening, she made a decision to let go of everything and start anew. She changed and became someone very different from the caricatures created of her. Nadya knew that she had to change her life in order to become better at being a mom to her kids and to lead a happier life, so when she decided to make the change, she succeeded in turning her life around quite impressively. Initially, she changed her name to Natalie, then she earned her college degree, then she started working and is now a part time family therapist.
The Solomon Family
Nadya Suleman’s octuplets are 9 years old now and are all doing quite well. Her eight kids are on a vegan diet that they seem to like but is not exactly the easiest thing to do for children, as most dream of having candies and chocolates. Their mother Natalie (previously named Nadya) has mentioned that her children know about her journey because she is open to them and she thinks that straightforward parenting is healthy for her kids. When she looks back, she now thinks everything, even the bizarre relationship she had with the media before, has turned out all for the better. In addition, she thinks that their lifestyle now is the way to have a healthy household – an idea she freely shares with their fans on Instagram.
Her Guardian Angel
Nowadays, life is going pretty well for Natalie Suleman, who is now in her 40s and has quit her questionable jobs. She was asked what caused her to turn her life around and she explained that it was her “guardian angel” whom she met in February 2013 and who gave her the strength to let go of the “seedy” life she was living and move on. Natalie explained that she was still working in the film industry during that time when a very tall guy walked up to her in a club in Florida and she told the story of what happened: “He walked straight to me and looked straight into my eyes. He took my hand and grabbed my arm and said in a very gentle, but firm way: ‘You don’t have to do this.’ He repeated it several times.” The moment was quite trying for Natalie and the waterworks kept flooding but it marked the start of her new life.
In 2013, Natalie Suleman started her major life overhaul and she openly admitted that she had been “foolish, immature and selfish” for bearing so many children without much thought. In addition, she admits that at the time, she did not think about the possible outcomes of her choices, but she also said she does not regret anything. With this confession, she continues to concentrate on raising her kids as they are her top priority and she said she has no interest in finding love for now since she is content with the celibate life she has. Her account on social media shows the different life she is leading now and how her family is doing, plus some amazing lessons and values that she teaches to her fourteen children.
A Humble Life
Raising 14 children is definitely not easy, but Natalie Suleman does it quite well. She is renting a two-bedroom apartment and she and her kids survive on food stamps and by living paycheck to paycheck. In an interview with Daily Mail, she said that after enduring the hardships she had gone through looking after a lot of children on her own, she now feels “at peace,” partly because she uses her story to inspire women to make decisions that are right for them and their families. Natalie does not even want to be called “Octomom” anymore because she said, “I didn’t want to live. I felt less than human as that character I was pretending to be, to survive and provide for my family.”
No Social Life
As a mother of fourteen kids, Natalie Suleman is happier these days, enjoying life by spending time with her youngest children, the octuplets Noah, Nariya, Maliyah, Makai, Isaiah, Josiah, Jonah, and Jeremiah, and enjoying every moment with her older kids: Caleb and Calyssa (11-year-old twins), Aiden (12), Joshua (14), Amerah (16), and Elijah (17). For her kids to live a life that is more stable, she decided to go back to Laguna, Orange County, her hometown. Natalie said she hopes her children are proud of her and the person she has become. She said to the Daily Mail, “I was forced into doing things I didn’t want to do because I was so terrified I couldn’t support them and give them the life they deserved.”
A Normal Family
Natalie Suleman is a pretty hands-on mother who has completely given up on having a social life, meaning she has quite a close relationship with each of her children. She commented to the Daily Mail that “They fight, play, fight and play again like any normal family.” One other challenge that Natalie is facing is Aiden’s autism, but Natalie’s kids are not deterred and instead look out for their brother always. All the fourteen Suleman children are aware that their home life is pretty different from other typical American families but Natalie has always taught her kids that being different is okay and there is nothing wrong about it.
Fun During Holidays
Things may be tough for Natalie Suleman and her children, but they are a happy family and Natalie makes sure to teach all her kids good values, like being content with only receiving one gift during Christmas. She explained to US Weekly, “I’m focusing on raising the kids to focus on serving other people, to get out of their own head.” Natalie thinks that by doing this, she is teaching them a lesson to value every little thing which they receive and not to expect free things so they should work for the things they want. In addition to these reasons, their finances just cannot sustain such an extravagant lifestyle, which is why she keeps things simple at Christmas.
Natalie must go through a lot of stress on the first few days of school seeing as being a parent to one or two children at this time is stressful enough, and she is a mother of 14! The 43-year-old mom has shared on social media her anxiety when she uploaded a snapshot of her octuplets posing for the camera before they went to school. Natalie added this caption: “Any other parents exceptionally stressed and overwhelmed by the first week back to school?” Natalie, however, joked her older kids did not like the photo and refused to have their first day photo taken even when their mom begged them.
Raising 14 children can’t be easy, so Natalie has a way to manage the stress and the pressure – she goes to the nearest gym and works out, managing to spare an hour or maybe two from her extremely busy schedule. Her fans surely knows about this because she has shared this on social media and she posted a photo of herself doing exercise that came with this caption: “I would like to share about how I cope with inordinate stress, after being asked how I stay sane lol.” She also said that exercising was always her method of beating stress. She said, “The stress literally drips off of me, as I’m drenched in the end. Being physical has significantly helped me cope with so many challenges I’ve struggled with throughout my life.”
While Natalie Suleman is a strict mom, she is also a very fun one. One pastime that is among her favorites is to spend time with her girls having a spa night and she documents their fun time trying various face masks and skin care products. Because she tries her best to give all her kids the same level of love and amount of time, she also bond with her sons by watching scary movies. Her children are definitely first in her life, and Natalie is not afraid to show that to the world.
Interview with Dr. Oz
In May 2018, the Dr. Oz show invited Natalie Suleman to share her story, how she came to the decision of going through IVF treatments and how she ended up becoming a mom of fourteen kids. She also talked about her transition from just Nadya to “Octomom” and finally to the healthy and happy mom that she has become. She related what her journey was like and the trials she encountered, even her times of desperation in providing for her family. The show also gave her the chance to tell people about her new channel on YouTube which she launched recently with her children.
The Genetic Game Of Luck
If you wondering why you and your siblings are so different, the main reason is the variation in your genes. It is similar to a game of luck, while some kids get specific genetic attributes, others do not. If you have fourteen children like Natalie, chances are your genetic attributes will be expressed. Natalie simply loves each one of her unique kids and she feels lucky that each child got different genes from her and that they all look different from one another. Example, these two, Noah and Nariyah, are two of the of Octuplets, yet they do not look the same.
The vegan octuplets enjoy eating raw vegetables, love living healthy and also enjoy a pretty active lifestyle, having joined marathons together. In this photo, Natalie’s octuplets completed the Russ Miller Memorial, a 5-kilometer race held in February 2018 but actually, they do more than simply run races since they also help in raising money for people who need it. The children, in actual fact, love joining activities which help other people most likely because from a really young age, Natalie instilled in them how important it is to help others and it seems to be paying off. Natalie’s fans are delighted to learn that her kids are growing up to be really caring individuals.
In addition to their very healthy and active lifestyle, the octuplets work on their school projects really hard. This is a picture of the posters they made when they were tasked to create a poster showing their heroes. Even though Natalie does not really boast about the accomplishments of her kids, her fans really like to know what is keeping the children busy, so Natalie posts photos not only to update fans but also to show that anyone can raise 14 kids. Her children obviously appreciates all her effort and dedication judging by what they prepared for Natalie next.
Natalie believes that everything she does for her kids is worth it thanks to all the love she receives from her family, especially on days like Mother’s Day. Natalie took a photo of all the gifts and handmade cards, and handwritten dedications her children gave to her on that special day. On a different note, Natalie was inspired to write a book about her experiences in rearing her autistic child Aiden along with her 13 other kids and she hopes to have her book published. In interview with the Daily Mail, she said, “It’s a story that needs to be told and I think it will encourage a lot of women to draw up strength they didn’t know they had.”
Out of 14 children, Natalie only has 4 girls and even with the age gap, they are very close and she enjoys bonding with them. This photo which shows Natalie’s daughters: Nariyah and Maliah (9), Calyssa (11), and Amerah (16), was taken at Amerah’s birthday celebration. As you can see, the picture shows a perfect moment between Natalie and her girls and their obvious similarities. Natalie always tries her best to find time every week to bond with her boys and her girls at separate occasions, but spending time with all of them together is her favorite, though sometimes it is impossible.
Family Fun Night
Natalie stresses how important family traditions are all the time, so it means that their Saturday family nights are taken pretty seriously at the Suleman’s. Natalie and her kids created this tradition, and even named it, “Family Fun Night,” so on a Saturday night, they get to spend time with each other, though their activities are different. Sometimes, they play board games, watch documentaries or horror films, or discuss several different educational subjects, but they love playing chess the most and watching the movie The Shining. Even though her teenage kids cringe at their tradition seeing as they would rather hang out with their friends, the tradition remains and all the other kids, especially the 10 younger ones love their “Family Fun Night.”
Even though Natalie’s kids know they are different when it comes to being a traditional family, they always accept their special qualities and they enjoy doing school activities together. Natalie is very proud of her very talented children! In this photo, you can see them after they have portrayed their characters in an Orange County school play and you can also see how much and how fast these kids have grown. Needless to say, they look very beautiful and handsome in this photo.
On Natalie’s Instagram account, she posted this photograph with the caption, “Could we be anymore vegan?” Even though her six older children are not vegans, her eight youngest children loves to eat raw greens, so most of the time they have health shakes, bell peppers, chard, organic kale, and golden or red beets, in addition to eating meals that they cook at home with quinoa and sprouted lentils as the primary ingredients. The desserts they eat are also in accordance with their vegan diet, and they normally have green apple with some raw almond butter for more flavor. Natalie’s background as an ethical vegetarian allowed her to adopt the vegan lifestyle rather effortlessly, and since having changed her diet, her body was able to recover from the physical conditions induced by having multiple pregnancies.
Having a family picture taken with Natalie and all her 14 kids present is not easy at all, so any time they are gathered in the same place, it is worth taking a photograph with them laughing and smiling. On Natalie’s Instagram she posted and wrote, “So THIS is what happened when we attempted to take a fun family photo with as many family members as possible. Per usual, Elijah, Amerah, and JJ are absent from the pic.” Now, because of social media, she can easily share a lot of special moments similar to this. Her posts are actually more interesting because it allows us a glimpse of what life is like for a single mother who is raising 14 kids all on her own.
Seeing as Natalie is only a part time counselor helping people with substance abuse problems, she thought she would create her own YouTube channel to inspire more people, so she posted her first video featuring her daughter Amerah reading the letter she wrote for her mom on Mother’s day. The six minute video was taken in Long Beach, California during an event for women and after Amerah’s speech, all of Natalie’s kids went up to her and gave her their gifts. Natalie has experienced a lot and she wants to share her testimony through the channel. Her kids are also helping her to manage the channel by posting videos of grocery shopping, fun activities, challenges of being a vegan, and lots of creative ideas.
Natalie encourages her kids to be active and continue to make a difference even on special occasions such as Thanksgiving, so 10 of her children participated in the Turkey Trot, which is a 5-kilometer family run. Their matching t-shirts clearly show their team spirit. Natalie has a lot to celebrate and be thankful for on Thanksgiving because her children: Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, and Josiah have won the race for their age groups and got Pumpkin pies as their prize! Even though a few of Natalie’s kids are vegan, this holiday is special to them, so we bet they had those pies instead of having a turkey for Thanksgiving.
The Struggle Within
You might not have noticed but Natalie Suleman is actually struggling both physically and emotionally and she continuously fights the pain that she got while carrying the octuplets to nearly full term. Looking at her, you would never think that her lumbar spine had four discs that were ruptured and that she has peripheral neurophathy, bilateral sciatica, and irreparable sacral damage. Because the pregnancy-induced injuries causes her pain, she fights it by using the stair master machine and climbing 10 miles daily, rather than the treadmill. Since she was young, Natalie has struggled with severe social anxiety, so she chooses a women’s only gym because crowded gyms do not help, and she took this photograph to say thank you to the people who gave her work out clothes because they noticed that Natalie could not afford to buy new ones.
Just like other people, Natalie Suleman was once a kid too and she posted this throwback photo on social media which was taken back in 1978 and she was dressed in a cute messy clown costume and had smeared lipstick for Halloween. Having changed her name does not mean that she wanted to forget her past nor erase it. Natalie wants to let go of one thing only – her Octomom image which almost wrecked everything she values. Currently, Natalie has been proving that she is a wonderful mom to her octuplets and also to her six other kids, which does not look easy but she can perfectly do a great job of.
Before Natalie had her own children, she found an outlet for her motherly nature and love by being a mother to cats and in spite of Natalie having had more than a dozen cats, one cat stole her heart – Boots. You can see Natalie, her cat Boots, her brother, and her mom in the photograph, which was taken back in 1975 when Natalie was only a child. Her children adore this photograph of Natalie and her cat, especially Calyssa, who is also fond of cats just like her mom. The kids were shocked that Boots was very fat, weighed over 50 pounds, and dragged her stomach on the floor as she walked.
This amazing throwback photo was taken in Germany back in 1980, when Natalie was just two years old, and you can definitely see the resemblance of Caleb to his mom. This could be the explanation why a few of her kids have fair complexion, while others have darker complexion. Natalie loves to show these beautiful photographs from her past, and it makes her appreciation grow for her family now. Raising 14 kids is definitely not easy, but she is definitely keeping a positive attitude by appreciating the blessings she has received every day.