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Chaotic homecoming for 2 of octuplets

March 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
It was a chaotic homecoming for two of the octuplets when they arrived to their new home in La Habra on Tuesday night.The baby boys Noah and Isaiah were greeted by dozens of people armed with cameras, all trying to snap pictures of the now-famous babies and their mother.

Suleman, an unemployed divorced mother, gave birth to the octuplets nine weeks premature on Jan. 26 in Bellflower. She already had six children, ages 2 to 7.

On Wednesday, the cul-de-sac back to quiet, but it was quite a different story Tuesday night. One neighbor described the scene as crazy and ridiculous.

Ever since the announcement of the octuplets' new home, the neighborhood has been bombarded by media and paparazzi.

However, despite the frenzy, the reaction from neighbors on the octuplets controversy has been mixed.

"I just hope that nobody is mean because it's about the children," said neighbor Barbara Amaro.

Neighbor Mike Paraska said he didn't like the thought of taxpayers having to pay for the octuplets.

"She shouldn't have these kids at her house. She's a free loader," he said.

The two boys brought home weight about 5 pounds each and are able to bottle feed.

In a statement, Kaiser Permanente said, "This is a happy moment for everyone ? the family, physicians, nurses and the entire NICU staff. It is always rewarding whenever a premature infant goes home as a healthy baby."

The two girls and four boys are getting stronger and are gaining weight, according to the hospital.

The octuplets will require around-the-clock care from at least two caregivers. Angels in Waiting, a nonprofit group of nurses that specializes in caring for fragile infants and children, estimates the babies will need a combined 64 feedings a day.

All 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization at the West Coast IVF Clinic run by Dr. Michael Kamrava, with sperm from an unidentified friend, Suleman has said.

There's no word as to when the rest of the brood will come home.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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