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In 1997, She Gave Birth To Septuplets. See What They Look Like All Grown Up


November 19, 1997, Bobbi McCaughey and her husband, Kenny, made headlines when she safely delivered the world’s first surviving set of septuplets in Des Moines, Iowa.
The arrival of Kenny Jr., Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon, and Joel — born at 2.5 pounds to 3.4 pounds — was heralded as a medical miracle. Now, the McCaughey septuplets are turning 18 and preparing to head out on their own for the first time. The seven seniors at Carlisle High School are all busy making plans for life after graduation. Brandon has enlisted in the Army, starting June 1, while the other six have college plans. (They also have an older sister, 19-year-old Mikayla, who got married last summer and lives nearby.) “It will be pretty drastic,” their mom, Bobbi, told the Des Moines Register. “Everyone gone all at once.” Image result for In 1997,
 She Gave Birth To Septuplets. See What They Look Like All Grown Up The McCaughey septuplets at 3-months-old on March 2, 1998. Corbis Brooks Kraft/Sygma Bobbi and Kenny had pursued in vitro fertilization after the birth of their daughter Mikayla. But when they learned that she was carrying seven embryos, the religious couple chose to keep them all — which thrust them into a controversial spotlight. But after the babies’ safe delivery, it’s been a relatively normal road to adulthood, except for the media requests the family fields each year around the kids’ birthday. Or the fact that they live in a seven-bedroom house that was donated when the kids were born. Or the free vacations and food and college tuition they’ve been given. Or the time they met President George W. Bush. “My fear has always been that they see our jobs and think that’s all they need for nice stuff,” Kenny, who works at a metal-coating company, told the newspaper. “I’ve given them the cold, hard truth slowly.
No way could I afford this home on my salary. If you want something, you have to work for it.” Bobbi is employed as a para-educator for special-needs children — in addition to the work of raising eight children. Both she and Kenny have tried to instill that work ethic into their kids. Image result for In 1997, She Gave Birth To Septuplets. See What They Look Like All Grown Up ‘It is surreal,’ Bobbi said of looking back at her kids (pictured on August 21, 1998). ‘Sometimes those memories seem like so long ago. In other ways, it seems like yesterday.’ Corbis Ambassador/Sygma
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