I found this report that says the mother of the octuplets already has 6 kids.
In reporting on "The Early Show" that the mother already has six other children, a CBS reporter who visited the woman's Los Angeles-area home cited two unnamed acquaintances. It has also been reported that the mother has decided to change her name to "Gourteen" for their upcoming TLC show, "John and Gourteen plus fourteen".
That's right John and Kate, fourteen! Next time you want to complain about having 8 small kids, just think about poor Gourteen.