7. Getting Help
From the people who knew the McCaughleys to those who didn't know them at all, everyone was eager to offer help to them. It was understandable because the birth of seven children at once was undoubtedly an extraordinary event.
For instance, Kraft stepped forward to give the family a year’s supply of “man n cheese,” They were also given boxes of diapers and some offered help as babysitter or nanny. Amazingly, a 5,000 square foot house was also donated to the family.
8. More Gifts
As if getting a 5,000 square feet house wasn't showing the people's generosity, someone stepped forward to donate a brand new van to the family.
The van was big enough to easily fit all of the babies. Moreover, someone donated a year’s supply of groceries to the family of ten people!
9. Exciting and Scary Times
As weeks and months were leading up to the birth of seven babies, it was scary, thrilling, and stressful times for the family. The doctors were concerned that the stress of the births could lead her to early labor.
Bobbi tried her best to keep calm and though the couple was worried that things might not work as planned, they knew that staying positive was their best bet at that time. They tried their best to remain as positive as possible.
10. Delivering The Babies
The couple received the news that they would need to be at the hospital at just 31 weeks. They were told that the babies would be delivered by caesarian section.
Although Bobbi and Kenny were a bit surprised, they trusted the doctors. On 19th November 1997, Bobby gave birth to seven babies in a space of just SIX minutes.
11. A Family of TEN
The couple was happy to welcome four boys and three girls. Everyone was relieved to find out that the septuplets were healthy. All now the parents needed was to name their babies.
The heaviest of the babies was named Robert while the other boys were named Kenny (Kenneth), Brandon James, Nathan Roy, and Joel Steven. The beautiful girls were named Alexis Mary, Natalie Sue, and Kelsey Ann. It must be a lot to remember the names of seven babies. Here is a challenge for you: try remembering all the names by the end of this article.
12. A Team Effort
It wasn't only Bobbi and Kenny's effort in bringing seven babies into the world, there were the dedicated efforts of the hardworking hospital staff as well.
The doctors, nurses and maternity staff were happy that they were part of making American history. A few days after the birth of septuplets, all the team gathered to take a memorable group photo.