Nadya Suleman, 33, the mother of six who made headlines last month by giving birth to octuplets, told TODAY's Ann Curry that she always wanted a large family.

All I wanted was children. I wanted to be a mom. That's all I ever wanted in my life, she said. I love my children.

That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family, and I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I really lacked, I believe, growing up, she said.

Suleman said she had six embryos implanted for each of the previous in vitro procedures that resulted in her other six children, including twins. I struggled for seven years to get pregnant before finally giving birth to her first child through in vitro fertilization, she said.

In the interview, Suleman called her childhood as an only child pretty dysfunctional.

The entire exclusive interview will air along with exclusive video of the babies on NBC TODAY Monday, Feb. 9, and on Dateline at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10.