All grown up! Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman shares snap of octuplets' first day of Grade 8

All grown up! Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman shares snap of octuplets' first day of Grade 8

Do you remember the American woman who was nicknamed 'Octomom' after giving birth to eight children? Her kids are all grown up!

Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman and her childre n/Instagram (@nataliesuleman)

Nadya Sulema made headlines in 2009 when she gave birth to six boys and two girls. The babies, who were conceived via in vitro fertilisation, became the first set of octuplets to survive infancy.

Their birth sparked worldwide controversy when it came to light that Nayda was an unemployed mother with six other children - who were also born via IVF.  Her fertility doctor was accused of making an "excessive number of embryo transfers” and later had his licence revoked. 

He reportedly implanted 12 embryos into Nayda. The identify of the sperm donor is unknown.

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Nayda was nicknamed 'Octomom' by the media. The name stuck and she continues to use it to this day. 

The 47-year-old took to Instagram this week to announce that the octuplets were starting the 8th grade. Most American schools start the academic year in August/September. 

"First day of 8th grade. Be proud of yourselves kids for being kind, respectful, and helpful to all your fellow peers, teachers and staff. You are exceptional role models to the 6th and 7th graders," Nadya captioned a picture of all eight children. 

Some questioned why she didn't share pictures of her other children's first day of school, but Nayda clapped back. 

"Side note to critics: their older siblings did not want me to post a picture on their first day. I respect their choice, so should you," she wrote. 

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Here's a look what the octuplets looked like on their first day of grade 1. 

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