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Octuplets mom admits she was 'in denial' about baby homecoming

March 20, 2009 |  1:18 pm

Suleman Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman said she "was in denial" about how much work it would take to raise 14 children.

Suleman, in an interview with Radar Online, said she has been taken aback by the struggles of dealing with her new family and the media onslaught that follows them. Suleman this week moved into a home in La Habra that will eventually house her 14 children. Her first two babies arrived home to a swarm of TV cameras, reporters and onlookers.

"It's a denial mechanism," Suleman said in describing why she didn't expect such attention. "I keep telling my head and rationalizing. ... I was kidding myself. I was lying to myself."

Suleman said she still believes she can handle her 14 kids -- with some help. But she expressed hope that the media would lose interest in her and leave her alone.

-- Shelby Grad

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