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Mom Of Octuplets: I Always Wanted A “Huge Family”

Mom of octuplets, Nadya Suleman, says she tried for seven years to get pregnant before successfully conceiving with in-vitro fertilization, “and then I just kept going in.” In an interview for the Today show, the recent mother of octuplets, who also has six other children, tells NBC’s Ann Curry: “That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family.”

Nadya said in the interview, which airs Monday, that her desire for a large family stems from a dysfunctional childhood. “I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I really lacked, I believe, growing up.” When asked what she felt she lacked, Nadya said, “Feeling of self and identity. I didn’t feel as though, when I was a child, I had much control of my environment. I felt powerless. And that gave me a sense of predictability. Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn’t functional. It was pretty, pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn’t?”

Suleman, 33, was interviewed shortly after she left Kaiser Permanente’s hospital in Bellflower, Calif. Her babies – six boys and two girls – remain in the hospital all in good condition.

Meanwhile, PEOPLE uncovered new details about Suleman’s medical and financial history. Accordingly, Suleman received nearly $168,000 in disability benefits. The mom of 14 children received the payments as a result of injuries she suffered during a 1999 riot at a California mental hospital where she worked, leaving her with chronic back pain. She was still receiving disability payments at about the same time she was inseminated with octuplets, and doctors recommended that she not take on any job that involved prolonged sitting, standing and walking.

The document goes on to say that in 2001 Suleman’s car was was rear-ended. She injured her neck, back and shoulders, and filed an additional claim for workers’ compensation arguing that the car accident would not have occurred had she not been going for medical treatment for the earlier injury. It was unclear if she received any funds from that claim.

Photo: Paul Drinkwater / NBC

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Justin Trudeau & Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Welcome Daughter Ella-Grace

Canadian Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau welcomed their second child this morning in Montreal, CTV gossip program eTalk reports.

Ella-Grace Margaret Trudeau weighed 6 lbs, 13 oz and was named after Justin’s mother Margret and his grandmother Grace. She joins the couple’s 15-month-old son Xavier. Sophie, the Quebec correspondent for eTalk, announced the pregnancy in August.

Justin is the eldest son of the former, and extremely well-liked, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Photo: Newscom

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Did You See…?

A video of Tom, Katie and Suri on vacation in Brazil on Sunday.

A video of Ben and Jennifer picking Violet up from school on Tuesday.

A video of Milla Jovovich and Ever playing at the park

Liev and Sasha Schreiber visiting the Los Angeles Zoo.

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and baby John out in Brentwood.

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal: “I’m Not A Leave-Them-In-Their-Crib-To-Cry Kind Of Girl”

    Maggie Gyllenhaal was on hand while Fisher Price unveiled their new “Precious Planet” line. The 31-year-old actress presented a check from Fisher Price to the Wildlife Conservation Society — a cause she feels strongly about supporting. Babble recently spoke to the Batman: The Dark Knight star about navigating subways with her 2-year-old daughter Ramona, sleep training, and her valiant effort to split parenting duties equally with her fiance, actor Peter Sarsgaard.

    On the challenges of trying to split parenting equally with Peter: “Yes. Yeah. I don’t think it’s possible. In our case, maybe it’s because I have a daughter, the mom is the mom. There is something about that. But we try. I think we both just fundamentally, from the moment I was pregnant, from the moment she was born, believed that we needed to share. I’m not a leave-them-in-their-crib-to-cry kind of girl. And we do. But, it’s still always — I mean, Peter took her out to this little class she takes in the morning, and he said, “No, you don’t come — this is when I’ll relieve you.” Because when we’re together — if we’ve been away from her a lot — she just wants to be with me. That’s kinda how she is at the moment. But I was raised that way too, where my parents were trying to split things equally. It’s a good effort to make. But it’s hard.”

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    On her overall experience of raising Ramona in the city: “There are things that are great. Like, I imagine that if I were living in the country, it would be very difficult to meet other kids, to meet other mothers. I think it’s easier in Brooklyn. We live pretty near Prospect Park, and when we go to the big meadow in Prospect Park and just let her go, she’s so happy. But I have trouble with, “Oh, don’t pick that up, that’s digusting! No, you can’t put that snow in your mouth, you can only put this snow over here in your mouth!” I don’t like that. And at the same time, she goes to this lovely ballet class with other two-year-olds, and she has another lovely little music-and-movement class in Brooklyn that’s taught by a real New York dancer with a great mind. Not that you can’t find that if you’re not living in a city, but it’s everywhere in the city. And I do love that. But I think it’s hard. The subways I find so difficult. She’s not quite big enough that I don’t need to bring a stroller, but she’s big enough that I cannot lift her in her stroller by myself. My subway station on the weekend closes its gates, so you can’t even open the special door and put her through it. You have to take everything out of the stroller, fold the stroller up, pick her up . . . And if I had another kid, like the women that I see with a couple — I don’t know how you do it alone on the subway. I don’t know why that should be so hard. I didn’t pay any attention to the elevators on the subway before I had a baby. And for me, it’s about ten blocks out of my way on both sides. It’s a big deal to do that, when you could go three blocks instead. I remember trying to transfer at Columbus Circle at rush hour with her, and everyone just rushed in front of my stroller for three trains! And then I just out and left. I just thought, forget it, I’m not going uptown anymore, I’m gonna go home. So that’s tough. What do I like about the city? I mean, I have done some really cool things with her. At Symphony Space, and I’m so far from there, but Symphony Space has that Saturday morning series, and — whats-her-name, that great singer — Elizabeth Mitchell, who I love — I took Ramona up to see her. I’ve done a couple things at Symphony Space with Ramona, which is great. And I like Time Out Kids, where they give you all the things that are happening. That stuff’s great.”

    On if any conventional wisdom on parenting issues — breastfeeding, sleep training, and so forth — just didn’t work for her: “I mean, everybody says so many different things. I do think you just have to figure it out for yourself and go with your instincts. I’m not a leave-them-in-their-crib-to-cry kind of girl. Fundamentally, I didn’t find that worked. Everyone’s got their own thing, you know? You can’t tell another person when it’s right to stop breastfeeding, or how to put your kid to sleep. Every child is different.”

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    Zuma Rocks The Accessories In London-Town

    Zuma Rocks The Accessories In London-Town

    Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and their two sons Kingston, 2 1/2, and Zuma, 5 months, arrive at their home in London, England after just landing at Heathrow this morning.

    Baby Zuma is already a trend setter with his adorable beanie and funky bracelet.

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    Katie & Harvey Keep It Colorful

    Katie & Harvey Keep It Colorful

    Not your typical soccer mom! Katie Price (a.k.a. Jordan) and her 6-year-old son match their colorful shirts with their shoes as they visit Junior Blind of America. Katie and her husband, Peter Andre, were just seen taking Harvey to this center for children who are visually impaired the other day.

    Harvey’s biological father is the Sunderland footballer Dwight Yorke, although the relationship ended before Harvey was born. Peter has raised Harvey as his own child.

    Photos: Pacific Coast News / Splash

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