"During out first hour special on the Discovery Health Channel, I had shown my ugly 'jowls of a dog' belly because I knew, had I been on the other side, I would have been interested in what a belly looked like after having sextuplets. A plastic surgeon and his wife saw the episode and contacted the network to offer me a free tummy tuck. I was standing in my bedroom when I heard the news, and I screamed at the top of my lungs. When I finished screaming, I could not remember the phone number of any of my friends or family -- or Jon! -- to share the news."
On berating Jon and turning to God for help:
"Maybe because we were often in survival mode, Jon and I didn't always communicate in a friendly manner. We had eight kids and didn't focus enough on each other. Jon once asked me, 'Kate, do you realize we have been walking on eggshells for two years?' It was true. I think it was because I felt the weight of responsibility so heavily. ... A lot was riding on me, which often made me grouchy. Even so, much of what I said to Jon was unwarranted. I could have watched what I said better, could have guarded my tongue better. And I knew it. ... I wanted to communicate better, but I often failed. I surrounded myself with 5x8 note cards with verse from the Bible about guarding your tongue: 'Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.'"
On the types of messes eight kids can make:
"The awful part came after the nap ... I went over to Leah and I couldn't believe my eyes! She was asleep with poop from head to toe and all over her crib! Poop was mashed into the bottoms of both feet and on her sheet, blankets, a book in her crib -- some was even flung to the edge of Alexis' crib. I was so mad and woke her up with my angry voice. I put her in the bathtub ... Then I had to clean up her crib. All this happened after the other four had gotten into the tissue box on Grandma's desk (again!), and Alexis had gotten into the baby wipes in the bathroom and was trying to flush them down the toilet, which was completely clogged at this point."
On being the center of attention long before "Jon & Kate Plus 8":
"Some people think the show took away our privacy, and maybe our right to it; but before the show even began folks would approach us. They wanted to see the kids. Let's face it -- they're cute! I get it that people are naturally drawn to their sweet little faces ... But even then I longed to be inconspicuous and do the things ordinary families did."