Lanford Beard
June 30, 2015 09:30 AM

My how time flies!

On last week’s Kate Plus 8, Kate Gosselin marked her big 4-0, now she’s turning her attention toward the sextuplets as they celebrate their 11th birthday. (Yes, you read that right: Alexis, Aaden, Leah, Colin, Hannah and Joel are 11 – and we’re all very, very old.)

In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode Kate says one of the benefits of age is that she doesn’t sweat the small stuff anymore: “I am relaxing, chilling out. And I can tell that about myself. I kind of laugh at myself,” she says.

“Things that used to really send me over the edge, now I’m just like, ‘Hey, whatever.’ I just can’t be spending my energy on the meltdown of the century every time something little happens.”

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That said, a progressive birthday party for the sextuplets – including roller skating, pizza and boys and girls slumber parties at a hotel – might just cause Kate to pull out a cloth to wipe down her forehead after all.

“I think I fooled myself into thinking that this was going to be a low-key party and it meant less work,” says Kate, adding ominously, “Oh no, it wasn’t less work.”

Kate Plus 8 airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on TLC.

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