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Octuplets turn 1; Nadya Suleman says she's 'definitely matured a lot'

January 27, 2010 |  7:19 am

Nadya Suleman's octuplets celebrated their first birthday this week. It's was remarkable low-key, without the paparazzi swarming around her La Habra home or raging tabloid headlines.

But Suleman did grant some interviews. In a talk with People magazine, she said she threw a party for her children Sunday and planned another one Tuesday. She said she's not getting much sleep and said her one luxury is time in the gym.

"I've definitely matured a lot," she told People. "When this started, it was all about me. But now I find myself in a situation where I have to support a large family and take care of a large household. I've been through more in the past year than most people go through in a lifetime. I've been sued, harassed, abused, but I've held my own. I think about others now and not so much about myself. I spend more time thinking about paying bills, paying my mortgage and paying attention."

Suleman has been filming a reality TV show centering on her life in La Habra with her brood. This month, a California appeals court rejected an attempt by a former child actor to seek an independent guardian to look after her children's financial affairs. The court called the proposal an "unprecedented, meritless effort by a stranger."

Last week, Suleman said she's lost 150 pounds since her pregnancy.

-- Shelby Grad