Way back in 2005, Kate Gosselin was the married mama to eight, and a brand new household name. Well, she’s still the mother to eight and a household name. But now her used-to-be little kiddo’s are growing up. Twins Cara and Maddie just turned 17. Whoa! Doesn’t it just seem like they were little girls? We’re pretty sure it does to Kate, who posted an adorable throwback pic on Instagram to celebrate the girls’ birthday

Along with a photo from their much younger years, Kate also posted, “….And then you blink, and they TURN SEVENTEEN!!” Any parent knows just how quickly kids grow up. Sure, it might seem like each day is a year when you’re in the midst of toddler tantrums and bedtime battles. But then you turn around and — poof, your kids are taller than you are (and possibly more mature, too).

Kate went on to add, “My heart hurts because you’re almost adults and will soon leave for college, yet it smiles because I am seeing who you’ve become: brilliant, beautiful, kind, caring, logical, responsible, empathetic, honest, amazing individuals!”

Aww. We love Kate’s statement to her now-teen daughters. And for two little girls who grew up in the spotlight, Cara and Maddie seem to be pretty normal young women.

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