The first septuplets ever were born to American parents Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey in Iowa in 1997.
These unique infants, who were delivered 9 weeks early, hit the headlines all around the world, and the new parents received a deluge of interview requests.
They ended up celebrating their first birthdays by making an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where they each received a birthday cake. They also got to meet Bill Clinton, a previous president.
Kenny Jr., Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon, and Joel were the world’s first set of septuplets to survive, and they kept their parents, who also had a daughter, very busy.
Each day, the babies needed an average of 42 bottles of milk and 52 diapers.
The couple did receive several gifts to assist them in caring for their infants, including a 5,500 square foot home, a van, a year’s supply of Kraft macaroni and cheese, diapers for the first two years, and complete college scholarships for any state university in Iowa.
In order to save the expense of raising eight kids, their parents continued to work hard and began producing their own veggies.
Alexis and Nathan, two of the septuplets, had cerebral palsy diagnosis and needed to use walkers. Nathan underwent back surgery in 2005 to help him walk more easily. Since then, he has learned how to go around without a walker.
They all attended college after finishing high school; Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, and Joel got scholarships from the exclusive Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri.
While Brandon enrolled in the American Army, Kenny and Alexis decided to stay local and attend Des Moines Area Community College.
The siblings who graduated from college this spring said that their first experience with freedom came from going to college.
Since all five of the siblings are experiencing true independence for the first time, Kelsey claimed that leaving home for college has been a learning experience for the family.
They were constantly together as kids, Kelsey recalled.
Kelsey, a public relations student who now aspires to work in the media, said, whatever they did, everywhere they went, they were always together.
Coming to HLGU provided them with their own experience to be autonomous, to demonstrate their various abilities, and to be ready to dive deeply into what they want to learn and what they want their professions to be. They are more than simply the septuplets. They’re evolving into distinct individuals.
The septuplets became aunts and uncles for the first time in 2015 when Mikayla, the older sister, gave birth to her son. The septuplets’ first wedding was Natalie’s in May 2019, and brother Brandon’s followed four months later.
According to Natalie, she now plans to enroll in graduate school to become an athletic trainer.
Alexis is interested in working in elementary schools and has studied early childhood teaching. She has triumphed in several competitions for young people with exceptional needs, including the 2013 Teen Miss Dreams Made True competition.
Nathan likes building computers, and he is majoring in computer information systems with his brother Joel, who aspires to work for Google in the cyber security section one day.
According to Natalie, with six siblings, they are not just the same age but also the closest of friends. They are really appreciative of our friendship.
The McCaughey Septuplets, All Grown Up
It's very heartwarming and delighting to see these septuplets all grown up now <3 <3 <3Posted by Multiples and More on Saturday, 1 October 2016
It’s so good to see all seven of these siblings succeed in life since they are miracle children.