Bethani and Tim weren’t the only ones amazed. Their doctors were too. This was a first for them as well. They were preparing themselves for parenthood and for a new beginning in life and had no idea how unexpected and overwhelming everything was about to be.
A Normal Start
What started off as a typical relationship between two people, quickly turned into the extraordinary tale you are about to read. This is something that doesn't happen every day.
The emotional life stage of becoming a parent was supposed to be an exciting one and was supposed to change their entire lives forever. If only they would have known what the future was preparing for them.
Let Life Begin
The romantic love story between Bethani and Tim started many years ago. They met in school and married when they were in their twenties. Everything went smoothly for the two.
Like many couples, everything went according to the book. They dated for several years, graduated together, tied the knot, and looked forward to a bright and exciting future, however, not everything was going according to plan.
Deep into their twenties, the couple began talking about their next stage in life and about expanding their family. Bethani wanted to become a mother more than anything else in the world.
Their life routine was stable and unchanging and longing for a child came naturally to them. They were about to step onto the next level in life, which would take them on a journey they would never forget. Things were about to fall out of place.
A New Start
Not long after the wedding, Bethani got pregnant. It all happened much earlier than they initially planned, however, they embraced the good news and prepared themselves for what was about to be.
What was discovered next, blew them away. One pregnancy scan had the ability to rock their world. This was something no couple could prepare themselves for.
Discovering Her Pregnancy
At first, the couple was over the moon when they discovered Bethani was pregnant. They were living a true fairytale and nothing could go wrong.
Everything in their day-to-day was now surrounding the little creature growing inside and when they booked an appointment at the clinic to have their first scan, their emotions went flying through the roof.
The First Scan
Seeing your baby on the screen for the first time can be very overwhelming. It can also be quite concerning, as you can't really know what's going on inside.
Bethani was waiting for the doctor to assure her that everything was ok and that her baby was healthy and developing properly. Boy, was she in for a surprise.
The First Image
She was laying on the clinic bed, waiting for the nurse to come and give her a check-up. Tim was by her side the entire time. She found it difficult to hide her feelings.
The mom-to-be saw her baby's image on the screen and a great big smile appeared on her face. That smile would soon be wiped off and Bethani would have to accept the unexpected.
As Long as She Was Safe
The nurse started to ask Bethani questions about her family's health history. She wanted to get a clearer picture of Bethani's medical condition.
She asked her if she knew of any multiple births in her family, and if there were any twins on either side. This questionnaire seemed strange to Bethani and Tim.
No History Behind Them
The couple wasn't aware of any multiple fetuses, nor were there any twins they knew of. All this made them wonder why the nurse was asking so much, but answering so little.
The nurse asked Bethani and Tim to look at the screen. All of their questions were about to be answered. Soon everything would clear up and the missing piece of the puzzle would be found.
Imagining the Worst
As this was Bethani's first pregnancy, she didn't really know what to expect, however, what appeared in front of her eyes, was definitely not what she imagined.
The nurse then turned to the screen. She pointed out to the first baby. Then she pointed at a second one. She then showed Bethani and Tim the third, and then, she showed then the fourth and final one. Bethani was carrying four babies.
Bethani didn't know how to swallow the news. This was something she didn't prepare herself for. She needed her husband beside her, she needed his support, however, he was finding the big announcement even harder to accept.
Everything was going against the statistics. The odds of a family with no history of multiple births having such a pregnancy is almost one in a million. Who would have thought? This discovery wasn't the end of the big news.
It Was All Natural
What were the odds of a perfectly healthy couple, becoming pregnant with four fetuses, and having no history of fertility treatments or any other medical interference?
How does one clarify to a perfectly normal couple, that there was no explanation for this phenomenon? Yes, it was improbable for Bethani to carry four babies, but improbable is not impossible. And life can be improbable sometimes.
What Were the Odds?
When a woman goes through fertility treatments, more than one embryo is used so it is likely that the woman would end up with multiple babies, however, this was not the case.
Four piles of happiness were waiting now to be born, and Bethani and Tim had little to do about it, but to accept this blessing and prepare (as much as they could) for the future.
How Could They Prepare?
Now, arranging the house and getting ready for the changes a new baby brings is overwhelming enough. Can you imagine the adaptations Bethani and Tim had to go through before bringing home four?
Bethani and Tim were planning a trip down to the doctor's clinic, and if the latest news wasn't enough, the doctor had some more exciting and shocking words to share.
Out of Their Hands
What was about to happen would shake their world and Tim's in particular. This was uncontrollable and would be even harder to come around.
Bethani and Tim had four babies, and every single one of them was a girl. Tim was not only shocked and overwhelmed, but he was now also outnumbered, both as a parent and as a male.
There Was More to Come
The days went by, and Bethani was getting bigger and heavier by the hour. She was carrying four babies and the pregnancy seemed to last forever.
All she wanted was for the delivery day to arrive and to get back on her feet. Sure enough, the delivery day was just around the corner, and it had some more surprises with it.
Royal Alexandra Hospital
The couple went to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where they would welcome their four babies into the world. They would arrive as a family of two and leave as a family of six.
Now, giving birth is a fragile and unstable time for the mother-to-be. It can be traumatic to give birth to one child, so having four was ten (or four) times worse.
Bethani's health and comfort had to come first before anything else. Alongside the babies of course. She was now 33 weeks pregnant, not quite full term but advanced enough to deliver.
A c-section was scheduled, so at least the delivery date didn't come as a surprise. This way of delivery promised Bethani and her babies a secure and safe environment as much as possible.
It's a Kind of Magic
The entire experience was supernatural and mystical. Tim said in one interview, "It was kind of like a magic show because they’re pulling out one, two, three, four… It was kind of surreal.”
The delivery of one baby is like a miracle in its own right, so the delivery of four was more than one could ever take in. It was a blessing, and it was out of this world.
The Big Day Arrived
Soon enough, four beautiful babies were welcomed into the world. A sense of wonder was sprinkled in the air as the new family stepped onto their new path in life.
The four baby girls were placed in the bassinet, and the new parents gazed at them with dazzled eyes. Not long after, they noticed something that left them with no words.
They Were All the Same
Having a multiple-fetus pregnancy was one thing, however, giving birth to four identical babies was something no one saw coming. They were four girls and they all looked the same. They were an identical quartet.
For this to happen something out of the ordinary has to happen. The odds are one in 15 million, which made Bathani and Tim very special parents to very special babies.
No Pressure of a Name
Out of the many difficulties they were confronting, and out of all the challenges they were about to come across, there was one obstacle that had to be solved before anything else.
Finding one name that is meaningful and unique can be tough, so finding four names was a big deal for Bethani and Tim. Eventually, they named the baby girls Abigail, Grace, Emily, and McKayla.
Abigail, Grace, Emily, and McKayla
Bethani said in one interview that although it seemed a real challenge to name four babies she felt it was much easier than naming just one.
This way, no one had to compromise. They didn't have to narrow their options down to one and they both got to choose two of their favorite names. There were plenty of babies to name.
How Could They Tell Them Apart?
At first, Bethani and Tim were delighted and anxious to start the rest of their lives, however, as the days came, so did the worries and the insecurity. Having four babies was more than anyone could handle.
Bethani was concerned not only because of the hard work that came with parenthood but because of the dangers that were more likely to happen. Having four premature babies was no joke.
The Biggest Challenge in Life
Troubles were not long in coming. Funnily enough, the most challenging obstacle they came across was one neither of them expected.
No matter how hard they tried, the new parents just couldn't tell their babies apart. They all looked like spitting images of each other. It was remarkable and frightening at the same time. Bethani and Tim were not alone.
As the babies were so small it was expected that they would be put in one incubator, however, the only way the hospital staff could tell them apart was by putting them in separate ones. Bethani told CTN news "Right now I’m glad they’re separated so we can tell them apart."
Bethani was relieved that they stayed in the hospital until she was back on her feet and able to tell the difference between her own children. Anyway, it was only a matter of time before each little girl discovered her own unique ways and differences.
A Rainbow of Colors
The incubators were only one element helping everyone around with identifying who is who. Bethani and Tim came up with an innovative way to help them tell their daughters apart.
They simply made sure each baby was dressed in a different theme of colors with matching colored hair accessories. They took this to the extreme by painting their toenails in the same theme color too.
As the month went by, Bethani found it easier to tell her daughters apart. Each little girl began showing her individuality and each one's inner qualities began to shine.
Each girl had a completely different temper and a different vibe. One was calm while the other was aggressive and demanding. One could be chill and the other feisty and more challenging.
Grandparents to the Rescue
Bethani and Tim knew they weren't going to have it easy. Life was going to be hard, and luckily enough they were not alone. To make life easier, they decided to move in with Tim's parents for the first few weeks.
This would help the new parents, it would make it easier for the babies too, and it would for sure help build a strong bond between the four and their grandmother. This wasn't the only help Behani and Tim got.
There's Nothing Like a Community
The town of Hythe, Alberta had a strong and supportive community and Bethani and Tim were about to see just how. The new parents were amazed and overwhelmed.
The community managed to raise almost $50,000 to help Bethani and Tim out in the first few months of a family of six and Tim's friends set up a GoFunfMe for the same purpose.
They Were Overwhelmed With No Extra Room
Bethani and Tim received so many gifts that they had no room to store everything. Thankfully, they were able to turn to a nearby church and use their storage facilities.
The new parents were taking their first footsteps in parenthood, and while they were discovering the miracle of being a mother and father, they were also discovering how amazing their community was.
Inspiration Starts Here
Bethani and Tim went through a life-changing experience, and although their adventure was considered very private and very intimate, it has been an inspiration to many around them.
The doctors that treated the couple were astonished by what they discovered, the nurses who took care of Bethani were comforting and supportive at their hardest hours, and the family and community that surrounded them were remarkable.
A Life to Cherish
Once again, life taught Bethani and Tim that you can never be prepared for the next step as you never know what the next step will be. You only have yourself, your community, and your god to trust things will turn out for the best.
Abigail, Grace, Emily, and McKayla were never planned, however, the least expected paths we go through are usually the most precious ones we have.
Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing experiences. Most new parents find the arrival of just one new baby an overwhelming experience. Can you imagine what it must be like being a parent of a multiple birth? We're not talking about twins or even triplets but septuplets. That's right, seven babies on one pregnancy.
It sounds far-fetched, and the chances of the babies even making it through the pregnancy are extremely low, but on occasion women with the help of medical professionals and close care are able to bring these babies to term and into the world. Often times, fertility treatments play a role in helping women conceive their babies so let's take a closer look at this story.
Meet The Parents
In 1996 Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey were blessed with the arrival of a healthy baby girl.
They believed their new daughter to be a miracle as Bobbi suffered from issues with her pituitary gland which can cause problems with fertility. They gave their beautiful daughter the name of Mikayla Marie and thought ahead to their next child.
Having had difficulties conceiving Mikayla they decided for their next child they would pursue some fertility treatment.
Their doctor prescribed a medication called Metrodin which is known to help with ovulation, which is required for a woman to conceive a child. Bobbi started to take the medication, and they made plans for their second baby.
One Isn't Enough
Bobbi went in for a scan at her doctors practice but the day turned out to be totally life-changing. The scan revealed that she was, in fact, pregnant with seven babies.
This was not only massive news that they would be growing from a family of 3 to a family of 10, but this pregnancy also posed a level of danger to Bobbi.
Taking The Risk
Despite fully understanding the risks involved in such a complicated pregnancy, and having a healthy daughter in Mikayla, Bobby and Kenny decided they didn't want to choose one of their babies above another and wanted to proceed with the pregnancy as naturally as possible.
There have been only around 40-50 births in the world that have resulted from a pregnancy involving 7 babies. Although many septuplets have not survived birth or infancy, at least 3 sets of septuplets, and survived beyond infancy.
Lots Of Attention
Once their decision had been made, to keep all seven babies, news started to spread of this unusual pregnancy. People in the media and across the country found the story of this small family and their septuplets fascinating.
Not all people who heard the news were supportive of keeping all seven babies, but Bobby and Kenny were confident in their decision that everything would work out for the best.
People who knew the family, and those who didn't decided to offer help to the McCaugheys. After all, the birth of seven children at once is an extraordinary event in any family.
Kraft gave the family a years supply of "man n cheese," they were given boxes and boxes of diapers, some offered themselves to help around the house as a nanny or a babysitter, and amazingly enough, a 5,000 square foot house was donated to the family. The family was amazed at the kindness and generosity of people they knew and even more so from those that were complete strangers.
Running On Nerves
The months and weeks that led up to the birth were not only thrilling but scary and unsurprisingly stressful!
Bobbi had to do her best to keep calm and relaxed as the doctors were concerned that the stress of the upcoming births might lead her to early labor. In the back of their mind, Bobbi and Kenny knew things might not work out, but they tried to stay positive and believe everything would work out.
Meet The Babies
The McCaughey's welcomed three girls and four boys, making up the septuplets. With seven healthy babies, their parents now needed to name their brood.
The heaviest baby was named Robert, the other boys were named Kenny (Kenneth), Nathan Roy, Brandon James, and Joel Steven. The girls were named Alexis May, Natalie Sue and Kelsey Ann who was the lightest baby. That's a lot of names to remember!
The Birthing Staff
Of course, the babies were delivered with the help of the hospital staff. All of the doctors, nurses and maternity staff knew that they were part of making American history by helping deliver the first healthy set of septuplets.
A few days after the births, all the team involved in their delivery gathered together for a group photo.
Since Bobbi and Kenny were asked to come to the hospital nine weeks before Bobbi's due date to deliver the babies, the news channels were unaware that the births were taking place a the Iowa Methodist Hospital Center in Des Moines.
Every channel wanted to get the first picture of the newborns. However, as they would find out, they would have to wait for some time for them to get a glimpse at the septuplets.
Leaving The Hospital
The babies needed a lot of care in their early days, and eventually, after three months and ten days, all seven babies were healthy enough to be allowed home.
Finally, the news crews would get that picture they had been waiting for. As Bobbi and Kenny loaded all seven babies into their new family van, the cameramen and journalists got a snap of the septuplets with their parents. There were lots of smiles, and a few tears as the McCaughey's headed for home.
To ensure that the family would be able to return home safely the police set up a security post outside their house so that the McCaughey's would be able to arrive and enter their home without disturbance.
The babies were brought back to Bobbi and Kenny's old home at first, but soon enough they would be moving into their brand-new house.
There was much interest in the McCaughey family, and at first, Bobbi and Kenny thought it was just local reporters who were reporting on their story.
As news spread, more and more people became interested in the news of the septuplets, and in December of 1997, just a month after the babies were born, Bobbi and Kenny were featured on the front cover of Time Magazine.
It was ABC News Prime Time who was the first to gain full access to the family in a thorough interview and news feature.
There had been a lot of coverage of the septuplets births, but much of this had been reporters retelling what others had already written on the McCaughey family. ABC was the first to get an interview with the family.
Roses Come With Thorns
While the majority of the coverage of the septuplets was positive and supportive of the family, there were inevitable some negative reports.
Some called the family irresponsible for having too many children and that the amount of waste generated by so many babies could be damaging to the environment. It didn't matter to the McCaughey's though. Nothing could detract from the happiness of having seven new babies.
In 1934 the Dionne quintuplets were born in Ontario, Canada. They were born to Elzire Dionne who came under much criticism for the way her babies were raised.
The children were the subject of much press attention which was sometimes described to be like a circus. The quintuplets who were grown adults by the time the septuplets were born warned the McCaughey's about having the press too involved in the children's lives and urged Kenny and Bobbi to try and be as private as possible.
Load After Load
As you can imagine, one newborn generates a lot of dirty clothes. Now think about how much mess seven babies can make.
The McCaughey's were reported to do an average of 17 loads of laundry a week, and since they had tried to keep their lives as private as possible, it meant many of the house chores, had been done by themselves. Luckily they had two washing machines and two dryers to help with the mountains of laundry.
Babies In Bulk
Seven babies don't just generate a lot of laundry but were using on average 52 diapers a day between them, and guzzling through around 42 bottles as well.
This was costing the McCaughey's a lot of money, and eventually Bobbi and Kenny decided they needed to come up with a strategy for managing their large family.
Potty training was also going to be a lengthy challenge. With their first daughter Mikayla, they managed to potty train her within four days successfully.
With the septuplets, they knew it would take them a lot longer, perhaps even a few months to get them all properly potty trained.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and this was certainly the case with the septuplets. The McCaughey's would have around seventy volunteers helping with tasks around the house as well as caring for the little ones.
There would be approximately eight or nine people changing diapers, feeding, and generally making sure the babies were happy and cared for.
It wasn't just help from volunteers and those in the community. The McCaughey's also relied on a lot of help from their families.
Here we can see a picture Bobbi's sister, Michelle having a special moment with one of the babies. The help Bobbi and Kenny received from their loved ones was of great value to them, and they couldn't have done it without them.
The Big Sister
There was one family member in particular who wanted to help out wherever possible.
Big sister Mikayla always tried to be on hand to play with the babies, help at feeding times and generally assist her parents whenever and wherever she could with her seven younger siblings.
We mentioned earlier that the McCaughey's decided they needed a good strategy to keep their expenses to a minimum. They started with a couple of simple tricks. The first was that they bought in bulk, as with so many babies they knew they would need it eventually.
They also started researching what products were on special offer at their local supermarkets. On one occasion, Bobbi went and bought 60lb's of hamburgers. They manage to bring their monthly spending down to around $300 a month, which was a good reduction from their previous bills.
The McCaughey's had another idea for helping reduce their monthly expenditure. The family started to grow their own fruits and vegetables which were not only organic but free! Much cheaper than the supermarket equivalent.
These fresh fruits and vegetables were also available in their backyard it was so natural for them to pick and tend to. It helped reduce the cost of grocery shopping and was great for the environment. It's just a shame they could have a cow too.
Having just one baby takes a lot of care and attention, making sure they that all seven babies are getting enough food and sleep as well as cleaning and changing the babies is a lot of work.
The babies also needed to go for regular check-ups to the doctor. Having seven babies checked at once takes a good chunk of time.
Most Important Meal
The babies all loved their breakfast, which is good to hear because as we know, it is the most important meal of the day.
They must have required massive quantities of whatever it was that they ate.
There was an unmistakable bond between all of the babies, and as they grew into toddlers, they started to create their own language.
This phenomenon is not unique to the McCaughey's and often happens between twins and triplets, or even siblings who are close in age. It is called cryptophasia, but the children also spoke English.
With each year as they reached another birthday, the family used it as an opportunity to celebrate the milestones of the septuplets.
It was also an opportunity to thank god for helping their babies and helped instill in the McCaughey's that they had made the right decision with keeping all of their babies. After all, looked at their amazing family.
As the children grew older, they grew at differing rates. Some were stronger, some shorter, but we should always remember- never compare one child to another.
Despite this Bobbi and Kenny decided to dress the dour boys alike and the three girls in the same outfit. However, the children did not all have the same size feet, so they all needed the correct shoe sizes.
Clothing For Septuplets
Seven babies require a lot of clothes, and paying for all of the clothes was costing the McCaughey's huge sums of money. Then something amazing happened.
Carters, the children's clothing brand said that they would supply clothes for all of the babies until the age of five. This was just another example of the amazing generosity showed to Bobbi, Kenny and their family.
News of the babies reached the highest heights. When the septuplets were born, the President of the United States at the time, Bill Clinton called to congratulate the family.
Years later, the children would meet the next President, George W. Bush.
Upon the birth of the septuplets, when Bill Clinton called to congratulate Bobbi and Kenny, he said to her that when the seven children finally go off to school, she will be able to get a job running a major corporation in America.
"You will be one of the best-organized managers in the United States," said President Clinton to Bobbi.
As the septuplets began to grow up, they developed their own unique personalities that differentiated one from the next. Brandon is considered brave, and even a little bit stubborn.
Kenny Junior is the joker among the group, whereas Joel and Natalie prefer to sit quietly and read.
The Naughty One
Kenny Junior isn't just the funny one but also likes to cause mischief. So much so, that Bobbi calls him the "pint-sized explorer."
It's wonderful to see that each child is allowed to grow and develop into whatever person they want to be.
With a house full of eight children it can be easy to take care of yourselves and your relationship.
Bobbi and Kenny thought it was imperative to keep one night free for them to spend some much needed alone time together. Friday night was set aside as their date night.
Each of the children had their own characteristics, and their parents picked up on each of their personality traits.
Nathan is "determined" whereas Kelsey is a "sporty fashionista." Joel is "quiet and reflective" which is similar to Alexis who is "sweet and perceptive." Brandon is "outgoing and athletic," Natalie is a "high achieving perfectionist," and Kenny Jr, who was mentioned as a mischief-maker is described by his parents as a "go-getter."
A Special Trip
Families are hectic, and perhaps the McCaugheys were more hectic than most. Despite that, it's still important to take time out as a family and have a break.
The whole family, including Mikayla, were taken to Disney World in Orlando.
On The Cover
For their eighth birthday, the children appeared on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal.
The magazine also featured an article on the family where Bobbi and Kenny answered questions which they hoped would help new parents like they once were.
George W. Bush
In 2001 the McCaughey's were invited to meet with President George W. Bush. This was a big deal for Bobbi and Kenny, so they ensured that they and all the children were appropriately dressed.
Such is the way with young children that some were more interested than others, though we doubt they really grasped who they were meeting with at the time.
Too Much Attention
There was a lot of media attention when the children were born, and Bobbi and Kenny could have decided to have allowed a reality TV show to be made about their lives, as is the case in other families with lots of children, or unusual sets of children.
But the McCaughey's decided against that. There were, however, times when the children were featured in the press and on TV.
The Today Show
To every rule there are exceptions, and while in general the McCaughey's did not want cameras in their home, the exception was on the children's birthday.
For their 13th birthday, Bobbi and Kenny allowed Ann Curry from the Today show to come a meet the children for a special birthday feature. Every child got their own cake with 13 candles. As a journalist, this was a very exciting moment, Ann said at the time.
High School Days
In 2012 the septuplets started high school and were enrolled into the Carlisle High School in Carlisle Iowa.
As with most things that they do, they received a lot of attention on their first day, but as time went on and each one of them settled in, they started to be successful in their studies.
Feeding seven mouths takes a lot of work, especially when it's no longer just milk. Bobbi and Kenny started to serve the meals as buffets.
The spread was pretty impressive. Even more so, was that as the children got older, they too helped prepare the meals. So perhaps you can't have too many cooks in the kitchen!
Nathan, however, was determined to walk without an aid, which until this point he was forced to do. He felt that he didn't want to be restricted by his condition and taught himself how to walk without the help of his walker.
Each day he got a little bit further, and with this level of determination, he was destined to succeed. Speaking on the matter, he said, "I taught myself how to walk because I really wanted to learn. It's just been getting better and better."
Alexis was also not confined by her condition. She may still suffer from her walking, but she is not defined by it and is a child with many talents.
In 2013, Alexis won the "Teens Miss Dreams Come True" award proving just how gifted she was. In addition, Alexis showed her gift was also academic as she completed the year in the top 15% of her class.
Coming Full Circle
Seeing seven of her children graduate from high school simultaneously must have been highly emotional for Bobbi.
She can remember seeing them all dressed in their graduation regalia, with cap and gown and saying, "It's sad to see things end, but there will be lots of firsts coming." So what was next for the septuplets?
Keeping It Local
Two of the septuplets, Alexis and Kenny, enrolled into their local college, Des Moines which was nice for Bobbi and Kenny as it meant they were close by.
Alexis dreams of being a teacher so worked exceptionally hard during her college degree and graduated at the top of her class. The sky is the limit!
For Brandon, his path led him to enroll in the U.S. Army. This was something he had been dreaming about since he was a small boy, even as young as three years old.
Brandon will succeed in whatever he chooses as he is clearly gifted, having been offered a scholarship to study at his local college. Brandon decided instead to pursue a career in the army and is now an expert in pistol and carbon shooting.
Work For Family
For Kenny Jr, there was a different path. As with all of the septuplets they all have their own personalities and identities.
For Kenny he wanted to pursue a career as a carpenter and so far, has been pretty successful at it. However, his passion for carpentry went alongside his generosity.
When big sister Mikayla had her first child, Kenny Jr. took it upon himself to create a gift for her family which she would be able to keep forever.
This wasn't some little memento but was, in fact, a bespoke designed kitchen table with benches to go alongside it. Quite the gift from a little brother.
When the septuplets first arrived one of the acts of generosity was from the State of Iowa promising each child a college education at any state university of their choice.
Four of the seven decided to take the state up on the offer and Natalie, Nathan, Kelsey, and Joel all enrolled at the Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri where they are studying right now. Even though they were far from home, Bobbi and Kenny could be comforted that they were at least together at the same school.
Kelsey, who we said is enrolled at Hannibal-LaGrange University chose to focus on music as her major. She is a bright young talent, and we can't wait to see what she achieves.
The music felt like her calling, and if she's passionate about it, we believe that everyone will be able to see that in her performances.
Too Close To Separate
After graduation, the septuplets were interviewed for television. Quite used to the media and the questions, they were asked if they were worried about losing their closeness now they will no longer be under the same roof.
They responded by saying that as septuplets they have an unbreakable bond and will always be close, no matter the distance.
Empty Nest Syndrome
Once all the children had left the house to pursue whatever it is they had decided they wanted to do, Bobbi and Kenny looked around their empty house and felt how different things would be from now on.
They wouldn't have dreamt of holding any of their children back from pursuing their dreams, but the quiet was a new feeling they would need to get used to.
The Older Sister
Let's not forget about big sister Mikayla, who was also loved and encouraged like her seven younger siblings to pursue her dreams.
Mikayla studied at Des Moines college and then continued on to Arizona State University. Mikayla is also married and has a child of her own. We're hoping septuplets don't run in the family.
What About Dad?
With an empty house and lots of spare time, some parents find this transition depressing. Kenny McCaughey refused to and decided this was an excellent opportunity to take up a new hobby in motorcycles.
Kenny would scrap them and then meticulously rebuild them. He also took the chance to ride around the country and looks forward to exploring more in the future.
The house which was donated to them when the septuplets were born is now far too big for just Kenny and Bobbi so it looks like they may decide to sell and downsize to something smaller.
We do wonder what will happen if they all want to come and stay for a reunion, but we are sure they will figure out a solution.
Finding A Buyer
It took until February of this year for the McCaughey's to find a buyer for their huge seven bedroom, five bathroom family home. The new lucky owners will be receiving a house that was filled with love and happiness.
Now Bobbi and Kenny can settle into their new home too. But there is a twist.
Dodging A Bullet
When Bobbi and Kenny look back at that difficult decision, they had to make regarding selective reduction they can't help but feel so blessed at having seven beautiful children who have all grown up to be amazing young adults.
After all, they sought fertility treatment for a reason, and look what they have been given as a result.
It would be a hard decision for any parent to make and it was a minor miracle that they were all born at all, but you can't deny it was brave of Bobbi and Kenny to proceed with all seven babies.
That being said, if you ask Kenny what he thinks about it, and he'll say, "Well, come to our house and tell us which four I shouldn't have had."
Their Own Book
Shortly after the septuplets were born, the McCaughey's decided they wanted to write and release a book chronicling their experiences.
The book was entitled, "Seven from Heaven" and a major theme that is evident throughout is Bobbi and Kenny's faith and belief in God. You get the feeling that religion has played a significant role in bringing them hope and happiness when the odds were stacked against them.
It was decided early on that the children should not be in the public eye too much. That being said, they struck a deal with Gamma Press in 2001 that they could photograph the children once a year on their birthdays as a way to chronicle their progress.
This was a smart agreement as the family can look back on each year's birthday image. The honor was then given to Polaris Images.
Being a septuplet is not a normal occurrence, so many people often asked if they had a typical childhood. Well, they played and were able to be creative, had a loving family home and played together.
Sometimes they'd just want to play in the garden or take their toys outside, but that's normal for any child.
Through The Years
We bet you're wondering if multiple births will run in the family. The answer is that it is probably unlikely as Bobbi and Kenny received their miracle septuplets as a result of undergoing fertility treatment.
This, therefore, won't have an influence on the genetic makeup of each child, and they will most likely go on to have straightforward pregnancies without twins, triplets, or dare we say, septuplets.
Will They Have Twins?
There is a valuable lesson to learn in all of this. If you were to ask the McCaughey's if they would change anything about having septuplets the simple answer would be, no. They feel like they were blessed and even though at times things may have been hard they never shied away from their duties or responsibilities.
They would tell you, if you want something then you should just go for it, and you never know, you may end up getting more than you bargained for.