Jon, Kate, and their eight offspring — Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Aaden, Collin, and Joel — are on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping . We got a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get the shots of the Gosselins in this week's episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 . To see the couple's candid quotes about their marriage and their family's future from the upcoming issue, .
During the First Months With Eight Children
KATE: “There were days I just wanted to cover my head with a pillow. But I knew my babies were counting on me, and I had to keep it together. I had to keep it together for Jon, who was falling apart — he’d been laid off when I was pregnant and was applying for every job under the sun.”
The Strain on Their Marriage
KATE: “But our marriage is going to go through many more years of fine-tuning. Right now it’s taking a beating, because we have a house full of children. People see us arguing, and they say ‘When will Kate and Jon split up?’ Well, never. He’s the only one who’s been by my side through all of this.”
Life Will Never Be Normal Again
KATE: “People come here and say, ‘I feel like I’m watching your show.’ That’s because this is our show. We will never feel normal again, TV show or not. Does anyone see a family with twins and sextuplets every day? No. It took me until the little kids were almost 2 to completely accept it.”
Parenting Eight Kids
KATE: “I’m trying to focus on the enjoyable moments, rather than keeping them clean every minute. You have to realize you’re setting the rules for life. With six, we have no room for error.”
KATE: “It’s hard to turn my brain off at night. When I choose Leah to take to the grocery store, and I don’t know when I can tell the rest of them when their chances will be, that’s guilt.”
KATE: “Mady will come in and close the toilet lid and sit there and talk to me while I’m in the shower. I like to hear what they have to say. For me, that’s more like normal parenting.”
When They’re All Grown Up
JON: “I suddenly realized that I’m going to have five son-in-laws.”
KATE: “I have very vivid dreams of our family in the future — a house full of love, laughter, and lots of grandkids to spoil. I’m already worried about that empty-nest syndrome. Just as they came in a big group and overwhelmed us, they will likely leave in a big group, and the quiet will be even more deafening.”
The magazine, which also features an exclusive excerpt from the Gosselins' book, Multiple Blessings , hits newsstands next Tuesday, Oct. 14.