Are the McCaughey septuplets really teenagers? Back in 1997, couple Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey made history when Bobbi gave birth to the first set of septuplets to survive infancy. Newsrooms crowded the hospitals, Dateline's Ann Curry would make yearly visits for a while, and the septuplets even met President George W. Bush in 2002. Big sister Mikayla got a few more siblings than she bargained for. Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel were born into the public eye. And this week the septuplets turned 16!
The McCaughey family still lives near Des Moines, Iowa, in the same house the septuplets were born into (a seven-bedroom home that was donated to them). Now sophomores in high school, the McCaughey siblings are as close as ever. Two of the septuplets, Alexis and Nathan, have forms of cerebral palsy, but they don't let that stop them. Alexis is a cheerleading manager and enters pageants for girls with disabilities.
The McCaughey septuplets are often found smiling and laughing with one another, revealing their braces. Six of the septuplets are athletes, six are on the honor roll, and all of them participate in their high-school marching band. Their childhood took place in front of cameras up until a few years ago. Recently, they have largely disappeared from the public eye.
"It was kinda cool but in other ways I never liked it, all these cameras following you around everywhere," Nathan told the Des Moines Register. Thankfully, the family has avoided the reality TV option, which has been all but disastrous for John and Kate Plus Eight and Octomom. Their dad told the Des Moines Register: "I'm not faulting the families and all the money they were paid for it. ... It would be difficult to say no. I'm so grateful we didn't have to make that decision."
Now the septuplets are growing older, the siblings are thinking about their futures. The family is very close, but the siblings' differences come out often: They have disputes over music genres and movies. Their career goals vary from teaching to cosmetology to going into the military.
Ultimately, they are glad to have each other. ABC News covered the story. Watch the video below: