Octuplets' Mom Getting Bigger House, Free Nurses
Nadya Suleman's family buys a $564,900 home where a nonprofit is to provide 24-hour care
As they grow stronger in the hospital, Nadya Suleman’s octuplets are getting closer to coming home to a larger, recently purchased house – where it looks like they’ll have a free fleet of skilled nurses.
The Suleman family is buying a house in Orange County, Calif., that’s nearly twice as large as the one where Nadya, 33, the mother of the U.S.’s longest-surviving octuplets, lives with her six older children in Whittier.
“She’s excited,” Suleman’s mother, Angela, tells PEOPLE. “This is an old house and this new one will have a lot more space.”
The 2,583-foot four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in La Habra is “a good house for kids,” with a huge yard, Mike Patel of Prudential Realty tells PEOPLE. “It’s a good house for a big family and there is room to add on more rooms.”
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The house, listed at $564,900, has a short escrow that should close later this week, Patel says. He adds he represents the owner, who didn’t know the Suleman family before the deal came together. “They just happened to like this house,” Patel says. The official buyer is Nadya’s father, Ed Doud.
To care for the new arrivals, Suleman has accepted the invitation of Angels in Waiting, a nonprofit that will provide around-the-clock nurses once the babies are brought home over the next few weeks, according to Dr. Phil McGraw, who helped arranged the deal along with attorney Gloria Allred.
“Nadya realized that she had to make every effort to care for the octuplets as well as the six children at home in a way that proved that she understood the enormity and complexity of the task ahead,” says McGraw, whose show will address the matter Tuesday and Wednesday.
The neonatal intensive care nurses specialize in premature infant developmental care, says Linda Conforti West, CEO and founder of Angels in Waiting. The agency would have 14 nurses a day, four to five at a time, working around the clock, representatives recently told PEOPLE. Normally, they say, that kind of care would cost about $135,000 a month. The nurses’ salaries are paid by the organization.
Anger at Home
The arrangement comes amid pressures at home. At least some of Suleman’s other children are angry over the impending arrival of the octuplets, Suleman tells The Insider.
“[They’re] externalizing their anger. Internalizing it. They become more withdrawn and get a little more sad,” Suleman tells the show. “One of my kids for a while, I noticed, he didn’t want to deal with the reality of what’s going on. I noticed some tears coming down his face. I held him for ten minutes and he held me back and that’s all he needed.”
Suleman, who on Jan. 26 gave birth to the octuplets, also told the show the weight of all eight babies: Nariah: 3.5 lbs, Makai: 3.5 lbs, Jeremiah: 3.5 lbs, Jonah: 2.5, Josiah: 2.5 lbs, Noah: 4.5 lbs, Isaiah: 4.5 lbs, Maliah: 4 lbs.
As far as the babies’ father, she says she paid him for the sperm donation. “A certain amount of money,” she says, “not too much but just enough so he knew that there were boundaries there. I wanted those boundaries to be really firm and know that this is a business arrangement.”
• Additional reporting by JOHNNY DODD
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