April 24, 2009 -- Has Octomom morphed into Supermom?
Nadya Suleman told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview today that she's writing a book, going back to graduate school in the fall, and has found that caring for 14 children is easier than she imagined.
"I know I'm going to sound kind of crazy to say this, but [raising the kids] is actually a lot less stressful than I envisioned it to be," Suleman told "Good Morning America" in the live interview. "They're really good babies."
Suleman is raising the eight newborns with the constant help of at least seven nurses working in shifts -- four during the day and three each night.
"I never anticipated [having] more than one. I was praying for one more," Suleman said. "If one hadn't come, I'd be happy with six."
Speaking from her home in La Habra, Calif., Suleman gave the first ever live tour of the babies' nursery, crammed wall to wall with white cribs and introduced each baby by name. She said she only gets two of them confused from time to time.
"It's hard to tell between Jonah and Josiah. I can tell by the cleft. That's the only difference," she said. "I'm not any different than any other mother. I'm sure all mothers can basically be able to tell the difference between their kids no matter if there's two or 22."
In addition to the full nursing staff, the octuplets reportedly go through around 2,000 diapers every month, placing a hefty financial burden on the family. But Suleman was vague about how she plans to support all her children.
"I'm going to secure little opportunities here and there to provide for my kids anyway I can," she said. "I try to focus on what's important, what takes priority, and that's how healthy they are."
Multiple Birth Makes History, Stirs Controversy
With all the babies in good health, Suleman said she is heading to graduate school in the fall to finish her masters degree and is "really excited" about writing a book.
"That's always been a dream of mine before all this happened, before this miracle happened," she said.
Likely the nation's most recognizable mother, Suleman made headlines in January when she gave birth to history-making octuplets.
Days after news of the miracle multiple birth spread from coast to coast, the public turned on Suleman when it came to light the 33-year-old already had six children who were born, like the octuplets, through in vitro fertilization.
Now all eight of the babies, the world's longest surviving set of octoplets, are home with Suleman and their six brothers and sisters. The last to arrive home was Jonah on April 14. Jonah weighed 1 pound 8 ounces when he was born on Jan. 26.; he now weights 4 pounds 10 ounces.
Radar Online posted a video of Suleman at home holding all eight babies on April 15. "They're all here and really, really healthy," Suleman said in the video. "They have very strong personalities."
Nadya's Mother Criticizes Multiple Birth
Many people across the country expressed outrage at Suleman and the fertility doctor who impregnated her, saying it was irresponsible for a single woman to bring 14 children into the world without the means to care for them.
Even Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, has been vocal about her disapproval. In Februrary, said her daughter's decision was "really unconscionable."
On Feb. 24, Radar Online posted video of a heated debate over the babies between Nadya and her mother.
"I will never understand," Angela said to her daughter about her decision to have in vitro. "You should have considered your other six children."
"You can't go back and alter the past. Done, done, done," Nadya replied.
In early March Suleman defended herself after a frantic 911 call she made when she thought she lost one of her six previous children.
Police in Whittier, Calif., say they responded eight times to emergency calls from the Suleman family.
Suleman moved out of her parents house in early March and into a larger one in La Habra, Calif. She told Radar Online she put the down payment on the home herself.
Nurse Claims Suleman 'Does Not Care' About Kids
The non-profit nursing service Angels in Waiting offered to provide around-the-clock nurses to help Suleman care for the children, but there were problems from the beginning, according to reports.
A nurse who had been helping provide care for some of the octopulets said on the "Dr. Phil Show" that Suleman seemed more interested in publicity than her children .
"This woman does not care for these kids, that's my honest opinion," said Linda West-Conforti, the founder of Angels in Waiting.
Suleman fired Angels in Waiting accusing the group of being unprofessional, spying on her and reporting her to child welfare officials.
Suleman told Radar Online she nearly called police to file a restraining order aginst the group. In the video, she described a bizarre scene where an Angels in Waiting worker opened her purse and said how easy it would be to stuff one of her babies in there and abduct it.
Just days after West-Conforti claimed Suleman did not care for her children, Victor Munoz, Suleman's publicist, told Usmagazine.com she was "nuts."
"It just got to be too much," Munoz said. "Nadya got real greedy. This woman is nuts."
Suleman's first publicist, Joann Killeen, also stepped aside.
Back in February, Nadya's father Ed Doud answer one psychiatrist's claims about Nadya.
In the latest drama, Suleman has applied to trademark "Octomom", the nickname many media outlets gave her.
According to the two applications her lawyers filed in early April with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Suleman plans to sells Octomom-brand dresses, pants, shirts, as well as cloth and disposable diapers.
She has also talked about filming a reality TV show or documentary that would follow the octuplets growing up.
Taking care of 14 children is not only expensive but emotional and physically draining.
Octomom had to once again defend her parenting skills after the release of a frantic 911 call in which she threatened to kill herself by saying she merely got "a little anxious" when she couldn't find one of her children.
But on the 911 tapes, the voice on the other end of the phone sounds more than a little anxious.
"Please God help me," she said in an October call when, pregnant with the octuplets. She couldn't find her 5-year-old son. "Oh God, I am going to kill myself. Oh God. I'm going to kill myself. I am going to kill myself."
Suleman's father, Ed Doud, defended his daughter in an interview with "Good Morning America," saying he would fight to make sure his family keeps the kids and said the family will not call on the taxpayers for assistance in raising them.
"I will stop anybody, I don't care who they are, from taking my grandchildren away," Doud said." "We have a loving home, loving mother and there's no way, no legal right for anybody to take my grandchildren anywhere."