Jon & Kate Plus 8 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children - a set of twins (both girls), and a set of sextuplets (3 girls and 3 boys). The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show airs Mondays at 9:00PM EDT on TLC. The family originally appeared in a one hour special titled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins.
The family lives in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Jon and Kate Gosselin met on October 51997 at a picnic. According to Kate, "I never believed in 'love at first sight', but this came really close." They were married on June 121999 in "a perfect garden wedding with equally perfect weather".
Kate wanted to have children right away. She had a feeling that she would not be able to get pregnant, so she underwent testing and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. So, they decided to turn to fertility treatments and to start trying immediately, in case it took awhile. By February, however, Kate was pregnant with twins. They were thrilled and even admitted to praying for twins because they were both baby crazy and feared they would fight over one baby. On October 82000, Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate were born, after a "rough" pregnancy.
When the girls turned one, Kate began to think about the possibility of having another child, while Jon was not so sure. On the couple's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on February 222008, Kate admitted that she wanted to have another child because she wanted to know what it felt like to not have to split her time between two babies, while Jon was hesitant because he felt like the world is built for a family of four. After a lot of prayer and even turning down the option to adopt a newborn, Jon and Kate agreed to try again. By October, Kate was pregnant. Five weeks later, at the initial ultrasound, the doctor announced that there were seven sacs and began to count how many of these sacs had yolks, or babies, inside of them. According to Kate, "By "four" I was pretty crazy, by "five" I was sobbing. Then they found "six" and "seven'. (One baby didn"t develop on its own)". The doctor suggested selective reduction, but they were absolutely against doing so.
As Kate describes it, "Your whole life flashes in front of your eyes...we had a house that was too small, we didn"t have a vehicle big enough, we didn"t have the income that would be required"there were just all these things flying at us. All those thoughts flooding through my mind equalled completely impossible". After experiencing the "worst weekend of [her] entire life", Jon took the girls to the family's church. He asked if he should tell anyone about their situation, and Kate agreed that he should so that the church could start praying for their family. As soon as church was over, Jon and Kate received many calls of encouragement. According to Kate, "I began to feel like we could do this! With God's help, of course!"
In an article written for orato.com, Kate admitted that the video of her when she was pregnant with the sextuplets was actually three weeks before she gave birth. She added: "I remember lying in the hospital bed thinking, "No matter how far I get these babies, it"s never going to be far enough'. Getting to 32 weeks was my goal, but that would still be eight weeks premature, times six. Every day starting at about 23 weeks I had an ultrasound to make sure that all of them were still alive, and each and everyday was just as nerve wracking as the one before. There wasn"t an ounce of relief until they were all home. Not long after we had them home, Jon whirled around one day with complete frustration and exhaustion in his voice and said, 'Do you realize we have been walking on eggshells now for an entire year?' That was the honest truth".
On May 102004, Kate gave birth to three girls and three boys: Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel.
Jonathan 'Jon' Gosselin (born
Jon is half Korean (Korean mother, French/Welsh father-deceased)
Jon used to work as an I.T. analyst, but now works from home.
Kate used to work as a nurse, but quit her job to take care of the children full-time.
The twins were born on . They are currently in the 1st grade at a private school. They were just six minutes apart. In birth order, they are:
Cara Nicole Gosselin (The Quiet One)
Madelyn Kate "Mady" Gosselin (The Free-sprited One)
The sextuplets were born on at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All six children were delivered within a span of three minutes with more than fifty doctors, nurses and other specialists involved. Since the sextuplets were born in Hershey, they are called "Hershey Kisses" by the nurses and doctors who delivered them.
Joel Kevin Gosselin - 2 lb 9.7 oz, 15.4 inches long
When picking the kids' names, Jon and Kate just chose names they liked for first names, but the middle names were more meaningful. Aaden's is after Jon of course, Collin's is after Jon's late father, and Joel's is after Kate's brother. And the little girls (Hope, Faith, Joy) are all spirtual.
Currently, there are three seasons of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Usually one or two new episodes air on Monday nights. Two episodes usually aired during the Writers Strike while one episode tends to air now.
Videos and books
Kate and family friend, Beth Carson have written a book called Multiple Blessings.
Season 1 and 2 of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will be coming to DVD soon.