Having a large family can be stressful for any parent, but what if you had seven infants all at once? The McCaughey family experienced exactly this 21 years ago. Bobbi McCaughey made headlines when she gave birth to the world’s first surviving septuplets on November 19, 1997. The arrival in Des Moines, Iowa, of Alexis, Kenny Jr., Kelsey, Natalie, Brandon, Nathan, and Joel was hailed as a medical miracle.
This year, the McCaugheys turn 21 and are ready to take on the world. The seven siblings have already achieved a number of milestones, including attending college, serving in the military, and paying their own way.
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey, the septuplets’ parents, are now empty nesters and have recently sold their seven-bedroom home to a Des Moines non-profit that provides help and lodging to young moms who have unwanted pregnancies.
The Beginning of Everything
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey, a seamstress and a car dealer employee from Carlisle, Iowa, were the delighted parents of daughter Mikayla Marie, who was born on January 3 of that year. Due to Bobbi’s pituitary gland issues, the couple had trouble conceiving.
Women with hypopituitarism have a hard time getting pregnant, according to the Pituitary Society, and if they do, they must be continuously monitored. Mikayla Marie was born safely, and she and her mother were both doing well. The couple decided to attempt to expand their family and give Mikayla a little brother or sister after their baby was born healthy.
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey were an ordinary couple from Carlisle, Iowa, not far from Des Moines. Bobbi was a seamstress with a modest, shy demeanor, while Kenny had worked at a car dealership before moving to a powder-coating factory in Des Moines after the kids were born in 2000 on the advice of a friend. Because the two were average people, little is known about their lives prior to the pregnancy and birth of the septuplets.
They are both Baptists and have always had a strong connection to the church. Before 1997, they had no idea that their faith would be put to the test spectacularly, sparking debates and controversies around the world.
Attempting Fertilization Treatments
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey thought that hormone therapy would be the most effective option to have their second child. As a result, they took the fertility drug Metrodin, which stimulates ovulation and can help people who are having trouble getting pregnant. Dr. Katherine, a reproductive endocrinologist in Des Moines, oversaw Bobbi’s fertility therapy and advised them that fertility medicines can cause multiple pregnancies as a side effect.
Women who conceive after receiving Metrodin medication have twins or triplets in about 20% of cases, or even more in certain rarer circumstances. The McCaugheys were also told that numerous pregnancies are more likely to result in miscarriage or stillbirth. Not only that, but the risk increases as the number of fetuses increases.
How Do In Vitro Fertilization Treatments Work?
Treatments for infertility had come a long way since they were first made available to the general public in the 1970s. The cause of infertility in around 80% of infertile couples is an ovulation problem, a blockage of the fallopian tubes, or a sperm-related issue. The cause of infertility is unknown in about 20% of instances. Infertility can be treated in a variety of ways, the most frequent of which is in vitro fertilization. Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby,” was born in the United Kingdom in 1978.
Unlike artificial insemination, where the egg and sperm are combined outside the body in a laboratory and the sperm is implanted in the uterus via a medical procedure, IFV needs the egg and sperm to be combined outside the body in a laboratory. Once one or more embryos have been produced, they are implanted into the uterus of the mother to develop. Because IVF is a costly and difficult operation, only 5% of infertile couples opt for it. IVF has resulted in the birth of over 200,000 infants in the United States since its inception in 1981.
Is it true that the McCaughey Septuplets were conceived using IVF?
The McCaughey septuplets were not produced via IVF, despite the fact that it is the most popular type of reproductive treatment for women who are having problems conceiving on their own. They were the result of Bobbi McCaughey’s pituitary gland failing, which produced too little follicle stimulating hormone when she was born. Bobbi’s doctors administered Metrodin, a potent fertility medicine rich in boosting follicular hormone, after more than a year of trying to conceive her second child.
What happened next was a bit of a mystery to the doctors. Bobbi’s ovaries appeared to have overreacted to the medicine, since she fell pregnant on the first try. When the first six-week ultrasound was performed, seven fetuses were discovered.
What Is Metrodin and How Does It Work?
Metrodin, also known as urofollitropin, is a pure version of a follicle-stimulating hormone derived from human urine. In combination with human chorionic gonadotropin, the medication is given as a subcutaneous injection to help with ovulation and fertility. The dosage must be adjusted for each patient based on their reaction, and the medicine is frequently used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization.
The medicine has a number of documented side effects, the most prevalent of which are bloating, pelvic pain, and an increased risk of multiple pregnancies. Women with ovarian cysts may see an increase in cysts after taking Metrodin. During treatment, vaginal bleeding may occur, which is a sign of the endometrium’s abnormally rapid growth, which is commonly linked to an excess of estrogen synthesis generated by urofollitropin.
What Causes Multiple Births?
Complications with multiple pregnancies are rather common, and there are numerous dramatic examples of children who do not live to adulthood. The narrative of the McCaughey family of seven, on the other hand, is a lovely testament to what many refer to as a miracle.
Multiple births are not as unusual as they formerly were in the modern world, thanks to advances in reproductive treatments. Of course, twins are the most common occurrence, with one in every 30 US births being a pair. Then there are triplets, which have a 0.1 percent probability of being born to a woman. The chances of having a baby decrease as the number of babies increases. For example, having four infants (quadruplets) has a 0.0078 percent chance, while having five babies (quintuplets) or more has a 0.00092 percent risk.
Multiple births occur when an egg divides into two or more embryos or when more than one egg is fertilized. The twins will have the same genetic material if an egg breaks into two or more embryos, making them identical. If more than one egg is fertilized in the womb, however, the fraternal fetuses will only share 50% of their genetic makeup. They will be identical to each other, having been born at the same moment.
That’s some major news.
The doctors couldn’t believe what they saw in Bobby’s womb when she went for her six-week ultrasound after learning she was pregnant. There were seven living embryos growing at a constant rate, not one, not two, but seven. On the ultrasonography, each of the fetuses had its own little sac of amniotic fluid. Dr. Hauser was taken aback, and she later told the press that she couldn’t get her head around it for a while. Bobbi and Kenny, like the doctors, were taken aback by the news and needed some time to process it.
This was one of the first examples of its kind in the history of reproductive treatments, owing to the fact that it did not occur as a result of numerous embryos being implanted into Bobbi’s womb through IVF. “Medical Miracle or Medical Mischief?” asks an article published in The Hastings Center Report. This pregnancy should not have happened, according to “The Saga of the McCaughey Septuplets.”
According to the same article, good medical practice in fertility treatments requires that the number of eggs a woman produces be closely monitored, and if the number of eggs released is too high, the risk of multiple pregnancies is high, the woman should refrain from sexual activity and try again later. This did not happen in the case of Bobbi McCaughey for unclear reasons, resulting in her pregnancy with seven children.
Selective Reduction is being debated.
Because many pregnancies are more likely to result in miscarriage, Dr. Hauser advised the couple to consider selective reduction, which is a medical term for aborting one or more fetuses so that the others have a higher chance of being born healthily. Septuplets have been born multiple times throughout history, but in each case, some or all of them have only lived a few days or weeks.
Furthermore, this type of pregnancy can have an unfavorable effect on the mother’s health, raising the risk of potentially catastrophic blood clots, ovarian hemorrhage or swelling, and severe fluid retention, which in rare situations can lead to heart failure.
For all of these reasons, the McCaugheys’ perinatologists, Dr. Hauser and Drs. Paula Mahone and Karen Drake, indicated to Bobbi and Kenny that the conventional option in such a case was a selective reduction. The couple, on the other hand, were devout Baptists who were adamantly opposed to abortion in any form. They told reporters that selective reduction was not an option for them, and that they trusted God with their faith and the faith of their children.
By medical standards, they were taking a significant risk with the lives of all seven fetuses, but Bobbi and Kenny said they were following their faith.
Donations have begun to pour in.
When word of the miraculous pregnancy spread around the world, individuals from all walks of life began donating items that would be valuable to the family’s unexpectedly huge size. Donations began to stream in even before the infants were born, and they continued for years. The McCaugheys received everything from a free house with new appliances and an equipped nursery to a lifetime supply of diapers, a 15-seat vehicle from Chevrolet, a supplied nursery, a year’s worth of free Kraft mac & cheese, and free cable television for seven years.
After receiving so many gifts, Bobbi and Kenny couldn’t believe how giving people could be. The future mayor of Carlisle vowed to build a house on a plot of land and furnish it with appliances because their two-bedroom ranch was no place to raise eight children. Several banks in the area set up accounts for the couple to hold the seemingly endless donations.
Pregnancy Is Surrounded By Controversy
When the septuplets were born, the doctor who aided in the birth and gave reproductive treatment to the McCaugheys came under fire. The dispute arose for several reasons, the first of which being that the McCaugheys should not have been allowed as patients because their daughter was less than a year old and the couple was just too impatient about their ability to conceive again.
Many people assumed the couple’s problem wasn’t infertility, but impatience, because they had a baby without medical assistance. Furthermore, the McCaugheys revealed that they couldn’t afford a $3,000 second fertility medicine injection, which drew even more criticism, with the media questioning how the couple could have a high-risk pregnancy and seven more children if they couldn’t even afford fertility drugs.
A Birth in History
The couple’s trust, however, was rewarded, as almost everyone in the world now knows. The seven infants were born healthily and safe via cesarean section from Bobbie’s womb. “I didn’t imagine we’d have this type of outcome,” Paula Mahone, the doctor who delivered the babies, said shortly after the delivery. It just seems like a miracle to me.”
Many people saw seven healthy kids born at once as convincing evidence of God’s or nature’s miraculous workings, depending on their faith and point of view. The birth of the septuplets highlights both the benefits and drawbacks of modern fertility treatment. The septuplets were no exception to the rule that multiple kids are almost typically preterm. Furthermore, if they survive, they will face a slew of problems later in life, and some of the seven newborns will develop health problems.
The Babies Have Arrived
The septuplets were delivered by cesarean section nine weeks early, with weights ranging from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. The Caesarean section was conducted just after noon on November 19, 2007, with the help of a team of more than 40 professionals.
It took six minutes to remove the three girls and four boys from the womb one by one. One of the boys was very ill, and all of them were in critical condition shortly after birth, according to the physicians, and they were all placed on ventilators in the neonatal ICU. The boy was taken off the critical list and upgraded to severe a few hours later.
The World’s Eyes on Des Moines
The entire globe was holding its breath in anticipation of the babies’ arrival in Des Moines. The pregnancy had already attracted international attention, not only because it reflected advances in reproductive treatments, but also because it was a high-risk occurrence, and everyone was curious to see how the seven infants would do.
The birth of the septuplets drew much more media interest than the pregnancy itself. They were featured in Time magazine just a month after they were born, in December 1997. Bill Clinton, the president of the United States at the time, personally called the family to express his best wishes. The media continued to be interested in the children as they grew older, and they appeared in periodicals and at numerous events, including Oprah welcoming them on her show and President George W Bush meeting them at the Des Moines International Airport in Iowa in 2002.
Who Did the Kids Get Their Names From?
In a recent piece, Bobbi noted that coming up with names for seven children at once is easier than coming up with one for a single infant. That’s because the pair got the chance to honor both of their families at once, as well as choose other names they liked but didn’t have a family link to. Alexis is named after Bobbi’s grandmother and sister, Natalie is named after Kenny’s mother, Nathan is named after a deceased uncle, and Kelsey Ann is named after Bobbi’s mother’s middle name. Kenny Jr. was named after his father, whereas Brandon and Joel, the other two brothers, have names that have nothing to do with anyone in the family.
Before the delivery, Bobbi and Kenny had completed the list of names, and Kenny had it in his wallet when Bobbi went into labor. In a wonderful moment for the medical team, he listed off the names of the children as they came from the womb. Bobbi would later remark that giving the babies names before they were born helped her believe that they would all be born healthy and grow up to be distinct individuals.
Controversy Over Teeth Touch-Ups
After the babies were born, the parents’ photo was constantly featured in the media. The joyful pair was even featured on the front pages of Time and Newsweek publications, where they got caught up in a touch-up dispute through no fault of their own. After improving the portrait of the country’s most renowned parents, Newsweek magazine received backlash from readers and other media sites.
After Newsweek published a front cover photo of Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey smiling, the discussion about computer-edited photos erupted. On the cover, Bobbi showed off her little, straight teeth, but it was later found that they had been photo-edited to appear whiter and straighter after Time magazine published a comparable shot that had not been improved. Richard M. Smith, Newsweek’s president and editor in chief, stated that the image was improved not to deceive the readers, but rather to use the finest version of the photo session they had. Nonetheless, the argument demonstrated how correct the McCaugheys’ decision to keep their family life private was.
Not Everything Is As It Seems – Cerebral Palsy Doubts
Two of the septuplets were tested for cerebral palsy after six months because they were developing at a considerably slower rate than their siblings. Alexis and Nathan weren’t doing so well at the family’s residence while Kenny, Kelsey, Brendan, Natalie, and Joel were zooming all over the place. The physicians assumed the two had cerebral palsy, a condition in which the brain is unable to control all of the body’s motions.
This is a frequent condition among newborns born as a result of multiple births, and it occurs at a slightly higher rate in premature babies. Nathan and Alexis were both premature and the result of numerous births, so they were constantly observed by a physical therapist and a team of pediatricians. Two of the youngsters were having trouble moving onto their stomachs and pushing up on all fours. “Even if they have anything long-term – and I would hate to see that happen, and I’m sure we would have some terrible and troubling days ahead of us if it did – I know we’ll be given the fortitude to deal with it,” their mother told the press at the time.
The Diagnosis Has Been Confirmed
Nathan and Alexis were both diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which verified the doctors’ concerns. The babies struggled to learn to walk, and they eventually had to rely on walkers for the rest of their lives. Alexis still walks with a walker, but she makes every effort to keep her impairment from interfering with her life. She competed in beauty pageants intended exclusively for children with special disabilities as a child. She also placed in the top 15% of her Carroll high school class and earned the Teen Miss Dreams Made True title in 2013.
Her brother Nathan, on the other hand, worked really hard to teach himself how to walk and is now able to move around independently. “I taught myself how to walk because I truly wanted to learn,” he told the press at one point. “It’s simply been getting better and better.” Cerebral palsy has no cure, but physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help people with the illness live as independent and healthy a life as possible.
How Does Cerebral Palsy Affect Quality of Life?
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that is not hereditary (non-progressive) that causes a variety of neurological problems. Although an exact cause for those who suffer from the syndrome is not always discovered, it is linked to premature birth, perinatal hypoxia, brain damage, and neonatal jaundice. In one-third of cases, neurological involvement is severe, and in one-sixth of cases, it is moderate.
Cerebral palsy is the most common mobility disability in children, with a history dating back over two millennia. In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates gave one of the first known cases in his book. Although movement problems are the most common symptom of cerebral palsy, other concerns such as learning or speaking challenges, as well as seizures, can also arise in people who have this illness. According to studies, more than 40% of patients with cerebral palsy also have vision impairments.
The Family Desperately Desires a Private Life
Following the initial media frenzy surrounding the septuplets’ birth, as well as the subsequent health scares the following year, Bobbi and Kenny decided that their children should live as normal a life as possible. As a result, they chose to remain mostly hidden from the public view. There were occasional reports on how the kids were doing around significant birthdays, but that was about it. The famed Dionne quintuplets congratulated the couple and encouraged them to avoid the dangers they had fallen into, advising the McCaugheys to keep their life as secret as possible.
The Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy before the McCaughey septuplets were born. The five identical sisters were born two months early in Callander, Ontario, in 1934. Even though one of them died in 1954 at the age of 20, they all lived to adulthood. The five girls were taken away from their families and placed under the care of doctors, only to be transformed into a tourist attraction later on. They were only returned to their parents when they were nine years old, but their father and his five other children abused them for years after that. The sister later sued the government for damages for the abuse they endured as children, and in 1998, they were awarded $2.8 million.
In their letter, they stated:
“Dear Bobbi and Kenny, I’m writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for everything you’ve done for
It is only to send a message to the McCaughey family that we emerge from the privacy we have sought our entire adult life.
We’d like you to know that we three have a natural affection and tenderness for your children. We hope your kids are treated with more respect than we were. Their fate should be the same as that of all other children. Multiple births should not be confused with entertainment, nor should they be viewed as a marketing opportunity.
The exploitation we experienced at the hands of the government of Ontario, our birthplace, has devastated our lives. Three times a day, for millions of tourists, we were shown as a curiosity. We continue to receive letters from all around the world to this day. Thank you to everyone who has voiced support in the face of the abuse we’ve received. And to those who would seek to profit from the children’s growing celebrity, we warn beware.
We genuinely believe that understanding how our childhood experience irrevocably changed our life will teach us something. Perhaps our lives will have had a higher purpose if this letter alters the path of events for these newborns.
Yvonne Dionne, Annette, Cécile, and Annette Dionne”
Bobbi and Kenny were happy to help and took the advise of the Dionne sisters who were still alive. They mainly kept their septuplets out of the spotlight by limiting their public appearances and refusing to allow the press to photograph them except on rare occasions, such as when they turned 13 or graduated from high school.
The Septuplets’ Sweet Dreams
A lullaby album was created in honor of the septuplets’ second birthday, containing music by Ginny Owens, Cindy Morgan, Chris Rice, and others. Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey sang “Tis So Sweet” on the CD, and the septuplets were featured on several tunes named “Sleepy-time Suite.” The London Philharmonic Orchestra also contributes to the soundtrack.
The CD was a smash hit, and it’s still a favorite choice for lullabies today.
The Family Becomes Accustomed to Life in Bulk
Some of the practical aspects of raising seven babies at the same time were revealed by Bobbi and Kenny. The seven babies went through more than 52 diapers every day throughout their first few months of life. Not only were the parents constantly changing diapers, but they also had to prepare more than 40 bottles of milk each day.
Aside from the time it took to prepare bottles for seven babies and change their diapers on a regular basis, raising the septuplets was also costly. Bobbi and Kenny needed a plan since supporting eight growing children was becoming increasingly tough. Their approach was to start buying everything in bulk and relying on products that were on sale or that could be obtained with coupons. To keep their shopping expenditures as low as possible, they started growing their own veggies and fruit.
Bobbi recalls purchasing 60 pounds of hamburgers while they were on sale at her local grocery shop. Their plan worked, and they were able to spend about $300 per month on groceries, which is the average for a family of four in the United States, indicating that they were making significant savings.
Feeding a Ten-Family Household
It’s no easy task to feed a family of ten. Because mealtimes are likely to become chaotic in this circumstance, Bobby devised a plan to serve the food as a buffet. She would cook a large amount of food with the help of the children, and everyone would help themselves. “We cook almost every night,” Bobbi said in an interview, “making dinner in numerous pots and putting them out on the counter for everyone to serve themselves.”
Mealtimes in the McCaughey household were undoubtedly enjoyable, and the parents stated that everyone enjoyed gathering around and discussing their day over food. That is, once the children had grown up. Mealtimes have previously been defined by mayhem.
When the septuplets were barely a year old, the media snapped images of them lined up in highchairs, ready to be fed. Later interviews revealed that their parents were spoon-feeding them with the help of volunteers because keeping them still and feeding them at the same time was impossible on their own.
Sandwiches, spaghetti, meats, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and breakfast cereals were among the main items in their home, according to Bobbi’s column in American Baby. She was not one to indulge finicky eaters and proclaimed her firm conviction in culinary homogeneity, which meant that everyone in the McCaughey household ate the same thing.
How Do You Take Care of Eight Small Children?
With the birth of the septuplets, Bobbi and Kenny’s lives were permanently transformed. They had to become more resourceful, organized, and creative in order to find additional sources of income, such as Kenny’s paid public appearances and Bobbi’s writing a column for American Baby, as well as installing extra locks on the doors to prevent the children from escaping and paying hundreds of dollars per month in health insurance.
When the septuplets turned four, their parents spoke to NBC about what it’s like to be the parents of eight children under the age of five. They explained how it would become increasingly impossible for them to prevent their children from climbing, falling, and hiding in the most unexpected parts of their large home. Bobbi and Kenny talked about how difficult it was not to be concerned about the kids’ safety at all times.
“You can’t live your life being paranoid, either,” Bobbi remarked. You know what I mean? ‘Now, if we have a fire, how are we going to get out of here?’ I mean, sometimes when I go to bed at night, I lay there thinking, ‘Now, if we have a fire, how are we going to get out of here?’ ‘You know, if we can’t go out the windows, we’ll have to go out on the deck above and out into the garage, where Kenny will get down and I’ll hand over the kids one by one.’ And I repeat this in my thoughts over and over again. And I finally have to say, ‘Stop it and go to sleep.’ I mean, you have to trust that God will take care of you.”
When the septuplets reached five, Bobbi remarked that she would have liked to add another baby to the eight she already had, but she told NBC that she wouldn’t have another one at that time because she couldn’t envision herself going back to diapers and cribs.
Managing Nathan’s and Alexis’ Disabilities
While their five siblings prospered, Nathan and Alexis, the septuplets who were born with cerebral palsy, did not have the same luck. They started having feeding issues around a month after the birth, and Alexis had to be tube fed for several years. When Nathan and Alexis were 18 months old, they were diagnosed with cerebral palsy because they were behind in their physical development. Additionally, Alexis was diagnosed with hypotonic quadriplegia, which causes muscle weakness in the legs, and Nathan was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, which causes leg spasms.
The parents were initially devastated by the news, but they remarked that their faith kept them going. They collaborated with pediatricians to help the children overcome their physical challenges, and the therapy was effective right away, allowing Alexis and Nathan to enjoy their childhood like the rest of their siblings.
Don’t use the rod and spoil your child instead.
In the same interview, the McCaugheys stirred a bit of controversy by admitting that they don’t mind slapping their children. “[The Bible] puts it quite clear:’spare the rod and spoil your child,” Kenny says. “Moreover, I realize that’s not a very popular thing.” Many individuals have remarked things like, “You know, harsh spanking is abuse and stuff like that, therefore we don’t do it.”
The pair also indicated that they did not like beating their children, but that they would spank them in a “managed” manner. “Maybe two or three swats,” Kenny explained. “Because I was spanked when I was a kid.” For me, that was the best way — one of the best ways to learn was through the consequences of wrongdoing.” The couple hoped that their children would one day appreciate their parents’ methods for teaching them right from wrong.
It’s all about instilling responsibility in the children.
Having eight children in the house provides an excellent incentive to instill responsibility in them at a young age. When they were approximately four years old, their parents began assigning them jobs, and they are pleased to report that they rarely forget to put their dishes in the dishwasher without being reminded. “We made it less of a chore and more of an honor or something — a privilege to do,” Kenny told NBC News. ‘Hey, if you accomplish this, you can be a big boy or girl.”
The parents thought it was critical to begin teaching the children responsibility and to make them proud of themselves for doing their chores. Their technique was based on the desire to please that every young child has. The septuplets’ parents’ biggest concern when they were five years old was how to find the right balance between requiring obedience and encouraging independence.
Children’s Living Arrangements
It goes without saying that with eight children in the house, sharing is a must. In their magazine, Better Homes and Gardens featured the McCaughey children’s rooms, demonstrating how their living arrangements work. The rooms were designed by Jodi Mensing, who used bright colors and patterns to appeal to each child’s gender and taste.
Alexis, Kelsey, and Natalie, the three septuplet sisters, shared a huge room with three beautiful lilac twin beds, according to the magazine. Delicate florals, stripes, and dots were used to add a sense of cottage charm. The sisters could read and play at a wicker play table and seat set in the girls’ room. Mikayla’s room was decorated with a lovely magenta canopy, a pink chair, and an outfit that matched her vivacious personality. A pirate-themed room with storage drawers beneath the deck and ship-like mattresses provided an experience for the lads.
In the Christian Faith, Raising the Septuplets
The McCaugheys’ decision to raise their children in the Baptist religion was unsurprising. Kenny worked as a deacon at the Baptist church in Carlisle after the septuplets were born, and he also went to Haiti on a church mission trip. The McCaughey family’s faith has always been a significant part of their lives, and the children began attending Sunday school at a young age. In one interview, Kenny remarked that their faith had limited media publicity, but that didn’t mean they weren’t educating their children to be proper Christians.
Several media sites have portrayed them as Christian fanatics and attacked them for refusing to undergo selective reduction throughout the years, but the couple has always defended their religion and conveyed their view that all of their children are God’s gifts. It seemed only natural that they would raise their children in the same way.
School, according to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey, took up so much of a child’s day with things like music and art projects that the eight siblings were also doing at home. As a result, they made the decision to homeschool their children. They began by selecting a curriculum to guide the children’s learning, opting for a Christian-based curriculum. They requested all of the materials they required, including student handbooks, workbooks, teacher’s manuals, and more, as well as having the children’s work graded by a teacher.
Homeschooling in Iowa has three options: yearly testing, a teacher who comes a few times a year, and homeschool aid programs that bring parents under the control of the public school. According to Bobbi, the family was pleased to have a supervising instructor who was available to them at all times.
Traveling with eight children is an adventure in and of itself.
Most families are eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer so that they can embark on family vacations. Preparing for the vacation, on the other hand, is an adventure in and of itself when you have eight children. When the kids were younger, Bobbi and Kenny used to pack one bag for each of them, plus a tiny carry-on bag for their snacks and books. The McCaugheys were not big on bringing toys on vacations, which is understandable.
If going through security at the airport with the kids wasn’t difficult enough, getting through security with the kids was a completely different story. Bobbi wrote in her column about how her family traveled to Disney World one summer and had to fly to Florida. In addition to the parents and children, the group included Bobbi’s sisters Barbara and Michelle, Kenny’s mother and stepmother, and two additional acquaintances. The chaos that erupted at the airport when it came to checking tickets and getting through security is aptly described as mayhem. Furthermore, because the plane’s seats were dispersed throughout the cabin, some passengers who were already seated had to be reseated.
In the McCaughey household, it’s holiday season.
The McCaugheys used to celebrate Christmas three times a year: once with Bobbi’s parents and siblings in their home, then with Kenny’s father and stepmother, and finally with his mother and her family. Because of their religious beliefs, the parents opted not to tell their children about Santa Claus, but they did receive gifts, but only in the amount of $30-40 per person.
Bobbi and other relatives made many of the gifts the kids received for Christmas, including baked goods, knitted jackets, and creative memory books. “The holidays are really special for us because they celebrate the birth of Christ and give everyone a special reason to gather as a family and enjoy being together,” Bobbi says.
A Bet That Paid Off
Bobbi McCaughey gambled as well, but the media and her family viewed her faith as an ally in her case. Time magazine said that the McCaugheys’ faith and a gamble on fertility medicines landed them a seven-figure jackpot, and People magazine reported that “despite the medical odds, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey clung to their faith and were rewarded — time seven,” using the McCaugheys’ religious terminology.
The couple’s decision to reject for a reduction based on their faith in God, however, drew criticism as well. Despite the complexities of the debate, the McCaugheys continue to speak out against selective reduction, saying in an interview, “Come to our house and tell me which four I shouldn’t have had!” ”
Many people around the world still find the story of the McCaughey septuplets comforting because they want to know how the world’s most famous siblings are doing now. As they get older, we’ll probably get updates on their lives, as the media will undoubtedly be interested in following up on their story. Their parents want everyone to remember that the septuplets were a gift from God, and whether you believe that or not, their birth is nothing short of miraculous.
The lovely images showing the eight siblings growing together in a very regular American setting have warmed everyone’s hearts, and even though the septuplets are so renowned, their development followed the life script of every other American kid. Now that they’ve turned 21, the world is their oyster, and we can’t wait to see what the McCaughey family has in store.