A Dose of Humor – Octamom Plus Eight

5 Minutes for Parenting’s weekly column, A Dose of Humor, is here to help treat the side effects of parenting! It features a different blogger every week and is hosted by Rachel at Grasping for Objectivity in My Subjective Life. Now you can also join in by linking in your funniest moment of the week, using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post!!

When she’s not avoiding laundry by blogging, Octamom can be found homeschooling her brood of eight. Having left a career in television and radio to become a professional lactator, Octamom has been married to the cutest guy in the world for almost 20 years. Through her writing and photography, she hopes to bring a laugh, share a thought and encourage other moms to enjoy the ride! She blogs at Octamom.

My very brave and patient and organized and pithy neighbor popped in for a couple of minutes the other day and we stood in my non-organized entry chatting (how I have managed to make a formal entry unorganized just goes to show the depth of my talent). The sounds of whining children floated down to us from the upstairs media room, me doing my best to ignore the clarion call of bickering children. Things quieted down for a bit and then I heard the loud squeal of one kid.

I keep an auditory memory file somewhere in the depths of my brain that categorizes and defines the squealing, crying, yelling, shrieking calls of my offspring, kind of like those marine biologists who claim they know all the whale songs by heart. This particular squeal that assaulted the hearing sensibilities of my neighbor and me pegged somewhere around the “Biting Victim” range.

“HEYYY!!!!” I gently called in my soft mommy scream. “HHEEEYYYYYY!!!” “WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON UP THERE?!?!?!?””

“It’s okay. It’s just Aiden,” called a kid voice.


Aiden? We don’t have an Aiden. My neighbor doesn’t have an Aiden. Who’s Aiden?

“AIDEN? WHO’S AIDEN??!!??~~”

“From Jon and Kate Plus 8. We’re watching it on tv…”


So I just want to make sure I have this straight. I’m now also having to deal with the bickering and biting and resultant squealing of Jon and Kate’s brood along with my own. Okay.

And riddle me this, Gentle Readers. I have eight children. My children are living in a family of eight. We have the same messes, similar challenges, same general chaos. Why, oh why, would my children find viewing other children in the same situation soooooo fascinating? It concerns me. What kind of voyeurism is this?

Is it because Kate is so relaxed and calm compared to their mother?

Okay, that was snarky…but funny…..

This post was originally published on October 10, 2008 at Octamom.

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Now YOU can go ahead and join in the humor dosage too!! Link in your funniest moment of the week with Mr. Linky: 

10 Responses to A Dose of Humor – Octamom Plus Eight
  1. casual friday everyday
    February 28, 2009 | 8:48 am

    Bet she is not loving the new “octamom” in the press right now. I was terribly confused about this post until I realized this was another octamom and not some joke.

  2. Stephanie
    February 28, 2009 | 9:39 am

    This made me realize I have not had a funny post in a while. Ouch!


  3. Stephanie
    February 28, 2009 | 9:40 am

    P.S. I knew THIS Octamom WAY before that one in the news.


  4. fidget
    February 28, 2009 | 9:56 am

    OMG I so get the brain files of auditory noises. I just about feel out of my chair laughing at “biting victim” because as soon as I read it, I heard the keen in my head

  5. Heather of the EO
    February 28, 2009 | 10:20 am

    Oh Octamom…doubling the screaming voices in your house through television. What a joy. You’re hilarious. I love your humor.

  6. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    February 28, 2009 | 8:15 pm

    That is too funny… Maybe they find it soothing to watch a family similar to their own.

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