Two More Octuplets Go Home

Hospital officials say it's "another important milestone" for Nadya Suleman and her brood

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For the second time this week, Nadya Suleman’s ever-growing household grew a little bigger.

Maliyah Angel, 5 lbs., 15 oz., and Nariyah Angel, 5 lbs., 2 oz., came home to La Habra, Calif., on Saturday afternoon to meet their six older brothers and sisters, hospital officials said.

“Everyone’s happy and healthy,” Suleman tells PEOPLE. “But reality is really setting in. I’ve got a lot a work ahead of me.”

Two baby boys were also sent home on Tuesday in a chaotic scene.

This time, Suleman was shadowed by an off-duty police officer during the transfer. La Habra police even set up a roadblock on her street to keep the paparazzi away.

“This is another important milestone in the care of the octuplets,” said Mandhir Gupta, MD., neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center. “Each day, these babies bring joy to our staff members along with a reminder of their role in the historic birth and care of the octuplets.”

The babies, born Jan. 26, are the U.S.’s longest surviving octuplets.

Hospital officials say both infants “are able to bottle feed, are gaining weight and are able to maintain their body temperature.”

The other four octuplets continue to progress, gaining weight and drinking either formula or donated pasteurized breast milk, the hospital says.

• Additional reporting by Johnny Dodd

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