The eight are in 8th grade!
Nadya Suleman made international headlines back in 2009 when she welcomed octuplets. Those kids are now teenagers.
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the proud mom shared a picture of the infamous children as the 13-year-olds headed off to school.
"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," she wrote alongside the image, adding, "I love you."
What's often forgotten is that Nadya was already the mother to six children when she welcomed the world's first-surviving octuplets. Nadya, 47, noted that the older siblings — several of whom are now legal adults — did not want their pictures shared.
"I respect their choice, so should you," she addressed her critics.
After the post, many of Nadya's followers applauded her for respecting her children's privacy and others commented on how beautiful her children are. The vast majority, though, couldn't believe the octo-kids are teenagers!
"They are all on their way to high school. Time is no joke," one person said. Another said, "Time is flying! Your [sic] a great mom Nadia!!! Your [sic] doing it!!!"
Last year, Nadya reflected on giving birth to the children, saying she never asked for the "Octomom" nickname.
"Octomom, conceived by the media, was birthed in the perfect storm: Between the Great Economic recession of 2007-2009, and the pinnacle of tabloid media sensationalism, I was the perfect prey; a convenient target, with a bullseye on my back, for people to blame their economic hardship on," she wrote on Instagram in August 2021. "Being unmarried and an unemployed graduate student at the time, the predatory media hijacked my life and identity by devising a very effective MARKETING STRATEGY: OCTOMOM."
"They then fueled the fire of fury, outrage, and mass hysteria by feeding the public lie after lie, to push their profit-fueled agenda. Profit over people is an unfortunate pattern perpetuated in this cruel world. Oblivious to this truth at the time, I got trapped in the middle of this evil storm," she continued. "Had I given birth to Octuplets at a more recent time in history, I would never have been the target of media humiliation, misrepresentation, becoming the poster person for 'mommy shaming.'"
Nadya says she was "both cyber and physically stoned" by society back in 2009, recalling rocks being thrown at her house and car.
Alongside her post, Nadya shared an image of children holding up signs protesting her.
"This persecution of a mother would be appalling and even protested against in 2021; though was accepted and encouraged in the toxic 2000's," she said. "Sadly, I a MOTHER, was personally protested against, by ignorant parents and their ignorant children; as ignorance breeds ignorance."