Friday, January 30, 2009

Too many kids???

Reported by the Associated Press
WHITTIER, Calif. – The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week has six other children and never expected to have eight more when she took fertility treatment, her mother said.

Angela Suleman said her daughter expects a big challenge raising 14 children. The good news, she said, is all the babies appear healthy.

"I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful," Suleman told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

Suleman's daughter gave birth to the octuplets Monday at a hospital in Bellflower but has requested that doctors keep her name confidential. Media knew little about the woman until a family acquaintance told CBS' "The Early Show" on Thursday that the mother is "fairly young" and lives with her parents and her six children.

Within hours, media had camped out at the family's home in Whittier, where the babies' grandfather pulled up in a minivan in the evening and briefly spoke to The Associated Press. Beside him were two children — a 7-year-old and 6-year-old — who said they were excited to have eight new siblings.

But the grandfather warned that media may have a tougher time finding the family after the babies are released from the hospital.

"We have a huge house, not here," said the man, who would only identify himself as Ed. "You are never going to know where it is."

The mother also has two children, ages 5 and 3, and 2-year-old twins, neighbors told the Times.

Suleman said her daughter had embryos implanted last year, and after finding out she was pregnant with multiple babies was given the option by doctors of selectively reducing the number of embryos. The woman declined.

"What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed," Suleman told the Times. "That is a very painful thing."

Dr. Harold Henry said the woman was already pregnant when she came to Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, and she was counseled about the risks of her pregnancy and on the option of aborting some of the fetuses. Doctors had been expecting only seven babies, but an eighth was born in the cesarean delivery.

The six boys and two girls, the second octuplets born alive in the United States, have garnered worldwide attention as media have attempted to find out more about the mother and her family. Hours after media gathered outside the Whittier home, Kaiser issued a statement on behalf of the mother requesting privacy.

"Please know, in our own time, we will share additional details about this miraculous experience," the statement read. "The babies continue to grow strong everyday and make good progress. My family and I are ecstatic about all of their arrivals. Needless to say the eighth was a surprise to us all, but a blessing as well."

Dr. Mandhir Gupta said seven of the babies were breathing without assistance. One was still receiving oxygen through a tube in his nose.

Seven of the infants were being tube-fed donated breast milk. One of the boys was expected to begin feedings Friday.

All babies continued to receive an intravenous nutritional combination. They were expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

Some fertility specialists have said the children face increased health risks because they are octuplets and born nine weeks premature. At birth, they ranged between 1 pound, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 4 ounces.

Doctors say they advise against higher-order births, but acknowledge the decision is not theirs to make.

"Who am I to say that six is the limit?" said Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, medical director of Fertility Institutes, which has clinics in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. "There are people who like to have big families."

Dr. James Grifo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine, added: "I don't think it's our job to tell them how many babies they're allowed to have. I am not a policeman for reproduction in the United States. My role is to educate patients."


My only question.... Did she really need the fertility stuff? This seems a bit extreme!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Entertainment for the day



You're from Colorado if----

You'll eat ice cream in the winter.

When the weather report says it's going to be 55 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt or shorts.

It snows 5 inches and you don't expect school to be cancelled.

You'll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.

You have no accent at all, but can hear other people's. And then you make fun of them.

'Humid' is over 25%.

Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.

You say 'the interstate' and everybody knows which one.

You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.

You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat.

You know what the Continental Divide is.

You don't think Coors beer is that big a deal.

You went to Casa Bonita as a kid.

You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.

You always know the elevation of where you are.

You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it's going to snow tomorrow.

You don't care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High.

Every movie theater has military and student discounts.

Everybody wears jeans to church.

You actually know that South Park is a real place not just a show on TV.

You know what a 'trust fund hippy' is, and you know its natural habitat is Boulder.

You know you're talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.

A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you.

Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders.

When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.

You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels ' sticky' and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

Friday, January 23, 2009

In the World of Strange News

Happy Friday! I'm glad it's almost the weekend.

In the world of strange news, I found this story to be rather entertaining. I just thought I would share it with you!

Eleven-month-old boy accidentally dials 9-1-1 and gets dad arrested
2 days ago

WHITE ROCK, B.C. — A B.C. man probably wishes he had given his 11-month-old son a set of keys to play with instead of a phone, after the infant accidentally dialled 9-1-1 and brought police to dad's marijuana grow operation.

Mounties say a 9-1-1 call came in from a White Rock, B.C. residence Friday morning but whoever was on the other end of the line hung up. Officers arrived at the residence and after numerous knocks on the door went unanswered, they entered the home.

"The gentleman was quite surprised," said White Rock RCMP Const. Janelle Canning.

She said the 29-year-old male, startled by the sudden sight of police, insisted he hadn't made the call.

When it was suggested a child might have dialled, the father objected and said his son was far too young.

That's when police spotted the baby boy, phone in hand.

"We saw him playing with the cordless phone and just pressing all the buttons, so evidently he had called 9-1-1," Canning said.

With that mystery solved, officers began inspecting the residence and soon discovered a 500-plant marijuana grow operation.

The father was arrested and will appear in court in early April on charges of production of a controlled substance and mischief.

The boy was removed from the home by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, though he was later released into his mother's custody.

The mother does not live in the residence and Canning says she had no idea what was going on at the home.

It's good to know that even the smallest of children can catch a criminal. LOL!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Steelers to Superbowl 43!

The Pittsburgh Steelers make it to the Superbowl! I couldn't be more excited! I'm not going to go into details. Just know that if you missed last night's game, you missed an amazing one. The sad part, there were a lot of injuries. Heinz Ward was out halfway though the first quarter for the Steelers. Ravens' McGahee went down HARD and had to be carted off the field. But, all in all, it was an amazing game. I guess I can say that since I am a Steelers fan!

Here is the story from

Friday, January 16, 2009

Grand Torino

I am REALLY looking forward to seeing this movie! I have never been a big fan of Clint Eastwood, but this movie looks awesome! I let you know how it is!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers Playoffs!

I am so excited today! My boys play San Diego in the playoffs. There is so much going on with the boys right now too, both beneficial and possibly hurtful. Roethlisburger coming off a concussion, James Harrison was selected as the AP Defensive Player of the Year. If Roethlisburger can play a good solid game, and the offense can play a huge running game, I think we might take this game. Harrison is going to be playing his heart out after receiving such an award.

We have a chance. It makes my stomach turn up in knots! The thing that sucks..... I am going to miss the game! You can catch me on air though at three... Keep me updated?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


It is that time. I didn't do much this year. I watched the ball drop in Times Square along with millions of other people across the country. Do you have any idea how much this thing costs to make? MILLIONS of dollars! I personally have watched the ball since I was a kid, but had NO idea that was the cost for our one evening a year. Personally, I find it a little outlandish that we spend so much money on a one day decoration when there is so much other stuff going on in the world. I guess that is why this year they decided to leave it up until next year! Our millions have finally been put to good use! LOL!