What she lacks in size, she makes up for in charisma. Leah Hope Gosselin is the tiniest of the bunch – Kate Gosselin’s sextuplets all born on May 10, 2004. The endearing girl has become part of the reality documentary Jon and Kate Plus 8, which airs on TLC.
The series is about the day to day life of a large family consisting of two parents and eight children. Her mother, Kate Gosselin, initially had a difficult time getting pregnant. She was met with infertility at first, leading her to undergo medical testing. She was later diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, urging the pair to seek fertility treatments. Soon, she underwent intrauterine insemination.
Soon, Jon and Kate Gosselin welcomed their firstborn – fraternal twins they named Cara and Mady, who were born six minutes apart. . Three years later, the mother became pregnant once again. Five weeks went by and it was discovered in Kate Gosselin’s ultrasound that there were six sacs with seven embryos. They decided to go through with the operation, and the sextuplets were born on May 10, 2004 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Leah then joined her family on TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8, along with her siblings: the twins Cara Nicole and Madelyn “Mady” Kate, then Hannah Joy, Alexis Faith, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, and Joel Kevin. Also with them are the family’s two German Shepherds, Shooka and Nala.
In April 2009, the family encountered some problems regarding Jon Gosselini’s infidelity. He was accused of having an affair after being seen leaving a party with another woman, supposedly Deanna Hummel. Jon and Kate denied the allegations, but evidence and witnesses have surfaced supporting the case. On the fifth season of Jon and Kate Plus 8, the couple addressed the issue and explained that they are continually devoted to their children but are uncertain about their relationship. The series has since been cancelled, but the family was later filmed for Kate’s own series called Twist of Kate.